Elana J. Eisman, EdD
LIWP Clinical/Consulting Planning Committee
Dr. Eisman is executive director and director of professional affairs, Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), positions she has held for almost 20 years. She is also on the faculty of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has a small private practice. Eisman is board certified in clinical psychology and in marital and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She received her EdD in counseling psychology from Boston University.
Eisman has served as the chief advocacy staff person for the MPA, recognized as one of the largest and most active psychological associations in the country. In 2010, MPA was awarded State Psychological Association of the Year, the third time it has won that honor. Eisman has been active in healthcare reform issues, currently serving on the Commissioner of Mental Health’s working group on the role of Behavioral Health in ACOs, the Mass Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Children’s Mental Health Task Force and its Integrated Care Working Group, the Children’s Health Quality Coalition, the Children’s Professional Advocacy Coalition, and the Behavioral Health Task Force of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.
Eisman has also served on managed care clinical advisory groups for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, UBH, OptumHealth Behavioral Strategies, Magellan and others. Eisman is currently serving her ninth term as the chair of the Massachusetts Mental Health Coalition, a coalition of the major statewide associations and societies representing psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, mental health counseling, the private psychiatric hospitals and their outpatient programs, the community mental health systems and substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as three consumer groups. In this context she has represented mental health issues broadly as well as from the position of psychology.
On a national level, she currently serves as at-large member of the Board of Directors, American Psychological Association. She has served as chair of the following APA Boards and Committees: the Policy and Planning Board, the Taxonomy Task Force, the President’s Advisory Group on the Implementation of the APA Petition Resolution (against participation in unlawful interrogation), the Board of Professional Affairs, the Council for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology, Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations, and the State Leadership Conference. She has also served on the APA Council of Representatives, the Council of Credentialing Organizations in Professional Psychology, the Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology, and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice.
On a statewide level, she is the only person in psychology who has been a student member, member, and fellow, and serves as president, APA council representative, director of professional affairs, and executive director of a state psychological association. Over those roles she has served on or staffed most of the major committees of an SPTA.
Eisman has published and presented in the areas of evidence based practice and outcomes measurement, professional competency, psychological assessment, health information technology, electronic health records, healthcare reform, substance abuse, women’s leadership and business skill development, and other areas of professional practice, advocacy, long-range policy issues and professional training.
Eisman is the recipient of the Carl Heiser Award for state advocacy, and the 2001 State Leadership Award.