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SCCAP is a member driven society and we are very proud to have such an active membership base. The following is a list of members who have expressed an interest to represent you on the board by running for elected SCCAP office.

APA has delayed the 2023 Election period. Ballots will be emailed out on May 8. The balloting period will run from May 8 through June 7. APA will email ballots to both APA and Non-APA voting members. In addition, APA members may access their ballots on their member profile page (My.APA.org).

APA administers the elections for all divisions. Ballots will be emailed, or mailed to those members without email addresses, on April 15. In June the results will be certified by the APA Elections Committee and SCCAP will be notified of the results. APA will email or mail ballots to all APA and Non-APA members eligible to vote in a SCCAP election.

SCCAP is a member driven society and we are very proud to have such an active membership base. The following is a list of members who have expressed an interest to represent you on the board by running for elected SCCAP office.

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Regine Galanti is a licensed psychologist, and the director and founder of Long Island Behavioral Psychology, a private practice in Nassau County, NY. She specializes in treating anxiety, OCD, and behavior problems in children and teens. She specializes in  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and particularly Exposure Therapy, as well as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She has a particular interest in using the principles of behavior therapy to individualize treatment for her patients.  Dr. Galanti works together with parents, schools, and teachers to optimize treatment for a child. She provides concrete, research-proven strategies to help individuals with generalized anxiety, panic disorder, OCD,  social anxiety, school refusal, selective mutism, disruptive behaviors, and ADHD.

Dr. Galanti focuses on dissemination of evidence-based therapies through her service positions, media role, and through her writing. She is the author of Anxiety Relief for Teens: Essential CBT Skills and Mindfulness Practices to Overcome Anxiety and Stress, as well as When Harley Has Anxiety: A Fun CBT Skills Activity Book for Overcoming Worries and Fears.  She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Self Magazine, and Buzzfeed, among others.

Dr. Galanti is an Educational Consultant in the Psychiatry Department of Mount Sinai Hospital. She is the former web editor for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Communications Chair for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), member of SCCAP’s Clinical Practice Institute's planning committee, and a member of the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)’s Translating Science to Practice committee.

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be considered for the role of president of SCCAP. I currently serve as the Chair of the Communications Committee, which gives me a valuable perspective for the ongoing initiatives of the SCCAP board. My position has allowed me to consider new ideas for how my presidency can serve and benefit SCCAP members. Particularly, my role as a practitioner in private practice gives me a unique perspective on how we can better support our practitioner and early career members.

As SCCAP’s Communications Chair, I launched our social media presence, as a way to highlight many of the fantastic research and clinical contributions of our members, as well as to help disseminate evidence-based resources to both the field’s workforce and the public. I was also a member of our Clinical Practice Institute planning committee, in which we focused on providing long form training with practical takeaways on the topic of culturally sensitive evidence based practices for children and adolescents.

As president, I would like to continue this dissemination and training work with an eye towards ensuring that the needs of all our members are being met:  from students to seasoned professionals, as well as in all roles from clinician to academic. I would love to focus on increasing participation of our members outside research and academia, to consider their needs and increase their position as stakeholders in our society. I’d like to consider how to best support the “on the ground” clinical workforce in their training and learning, as well as how to best get practitioners up to date research and resources. If elected, I will partner with the executive board to consider how to support all our members, and best involve those who are underrepresented in our society’s initiatives: from presentations to awards to projects supporting their needs.

Getting involved in SCCAP has been a wonderful experience, and I hope to continue to build on the meaningful contributions that others have made to child and adolescent evidence based psychology.

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Meghan Miller, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chief of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis and a faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute where she directs a federally-funded clinical research program focused on the early detection and intersection of autism and ADHD. She has received early career awards from the Association for Psychological Science (Rising Star Award), CHADD (Young Scientist Research Award), and the International Society for Autism Research (Young Investigator Award), and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Research in Child & Adolescent Psychopathology, and Clinical Psychological Science.

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I am pleased to be considered for the Member-at-Large, Education and Standards position. I am highly committed to training and education in clinical child and adolescent psychology, as demonstrated by a number of my ongoing professional activities.

My involvement with SCCAP began when I served as the APA Convention Program Co-Chair/Chair (2017-2019), which involved developing convention programming relevant to SCCAP and its diverse members. I subsequently joined the Education and Standards Committee (2020-present) and have served as the Chair of the Routh Dissertation Award and Grant review committee since 2019. Most recently, I took on the role as one of SCCAP’s two liaisons to the ABCCAP Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council’s Training Guidelines Steering Committee and Task Force, contributing to the development of training guidelines in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Thus, I have a track-record of commitment both to SCCAP as an organization as well as to training and education within this organization.

I have also demonstrated my commitment to training and education outside of SCCAP. Within the MIND Institute, I serve as the Associate Training Director of the MIND Institute’s Clinical Psychology Training Program (doctoral internship and fellowship) and on the Leadership Committee of the MIND Institute’s NIMH-funded postdoctoral T32 training program. As the inaugural Chief of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis, I have worked to better integrate psychologists, particularly child and adolescent psychologists, into the teaching and training of psychiatrists. These activities have afforded me the opportunity to develop and evaluate curricula across levels of training and to elevate the profession of clinical child and adolescent psychology within a department of psychiatry.

Through my prior involvement with SCCAP, I have gained insight into the structure and functioning of the Board and would be honored to join this exceptional organization as the Member-at-Large for Education and Standards. If elected, I would look forward to building upon the Professional Development webinar series and other CE programs, incorporating input from members on topics of interest; supporting SCCAP’s student and early career award programs with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and continuing to represent SCCAP’s interests and members in the development of training guidelines for clinical child and adolescent psychology as a specialty discipline.

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I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University and the Director of the Purdue Psychology Training and Research Clinics. In my current role I provide didactic teaching and direct clinical supervision to graduate students in clinical psychology in their initial practicum placements in child and family treatment and testing and assessment. I received my PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, completed my internship at a community mental health center (now called Centerstone), and completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following my fellowship, I joined the clinical faculty in the Child Development Section of the Department of Pediatrics at MCW, with a focus on evaluations and treatment through the School Performance Program. For the past 10 years, I was on the clinical faculty in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where my primary role was to provide clinical care through the Center for ADHD. In addition, I engaged in clinical research, primarily examining clinical outcomes and evidence-based treatment for children with ADHD and related symptoms, and in teaching and supervision for graduate students, psychology interns, and medical residents and fellows. For the last six years of my career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I was also the co-director of the Summer Treatment Program. I am honored to currently serve as a co-chair of the Bioethics Special Interest Group in the Society for Pediatric Psychology and have a history of service to my professional institutions and organizations.

 Candidate Statement

I am grateful to be considered for the Member-at-Large, Education and Standards position.  Education and training have been my great joys in my career. In my faculty position at MCW, I created an evaluation practicum for graduate students interested in psychological assessment in addition to providing training for medical residents in child/adolescent development and ethics. The opportunity to expand training opportunities for students, residents, and fellows was one of the motivators for me in accepting the position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the primary reason I pursued my current position at Purdue University. Service to my institution, profession, and community has always been highly important to me. In my previous institutions I served on committees responsible for upholding educational standards for psychological, medical, and allied health providers, as well as serving as liaison for a collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s Center for ADHD and a local school to provide seminars for parents and for continuing education seminars for professionals. This year, I was honored to achieve board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, with a deep appreciation for the advocacy of SCCAP in their protection of our specialty. Over the years, SCCAP and APA have been a guiding force in setting educational, training, and professional standards for psychologists and those in training. I believe my skills in this area match well for this Member-at-Large position and it would be my pleasure to be able to further these pursuits through this role.

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Nuri Reyes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics School of Medicine, at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, AMC. She is also a bilingual and bicultural child clinical psychologist, and part of the training faculty at the Department of Pediatrics. She also mentors bilingual psychology trainees to increase culturally informed training for the next generation of psychologists. Additionally, as a member of the SCCAP Diversity Committee, she serves as a Chair of the Diversity Professional Development Award, and she is a past contributor for the Internally Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Cultural Diversity Newsletter. In the last 10 years, both her clinical and research activities have focused on children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families, and she is interested in understanding Latino families’ experiences having a child with autism spectrum disorder in order to increase services and access to evidence-based interventions.

Candidate Statement

In both my research and clinical work, I have made a priority to serve families from diverse backgrounds as these families often encounter numerous barriers when seeking services for their children, including language, stigma, discrimination, and understanding of the medical, and mental health system, and they typically have limited social and financial resources and support. It would be an honor to be considered for the position of Member-at-Large for Diversity as I hope it will help me continue my commitment to support families and their children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. My ultimate goals are (1) to increase knowledge and awareness of the needs and barriers experience by minority families, (2) to help decrease those barriers, and (3) to support and serve members, students and professionals, who serve these families. My previous efforts with the Diversity Committee have included supporting students and early career professionals to advance their professional development and scientific endeavors when working with underserved families and children. My commitment to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families aligns with SCCAP’s commitment to increase efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to decrease disparities in research and clinical services. My clinical, research, service, and teaching experiences have prepared me to serve as Member-at-Large for Diversity, and it will be an honor to serve SCCAP members, and to work with SCCAP Board of Directors to support families and children.

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Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a bilingual licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His research and clinical interests focus on understanding how Latinx youth and families are impacted by stressful and traumatic events (e.g., peer victimization, trauma, discrimination). Additionally, he is interested in professional development and mentorship to increase Latinx representation in graduate psychology programs. He is actively involved with APA in advocacy efforts to help diversify the psychology workforce, fund minoritized graduate students, and increase access to equitable behavioral and mental health care. He is an APA Minority Fellow and recipient of the APA Cynthia D. Belar Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award (2016). Currently, he serves as the Latinx Special Interest Group (SIG) Chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In the past, he served as a steering committee member for SCCAP’s inaugural Clinical Practice Institute.

Candidate Statement

It would be a great honor to serve as SCCAP Member-at-Large for Diversity. My professional career has centered around diversity science, training students of color, providing clinical services to minoritized children and families, and increasing representation within the psychology workforce. I strongly believe in SCCAP’s mission to improve the mental health and development of children and families. Particularly, I believe we as an organization can make great strides to help children and families who often encounter barriers to securing affordable, equitable, evidence-based prevention and intervention services. Additionally, I believe we can help empower and train members at all levels on how to incorporate and consider diversity within our professional roles. I strongly believe that as a board member I can help support current SCCAP diversity initiatives (e.g., LEAD Fellows) and develop new mechanisms and opportunities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. I believe that my experiences as an APA Minority Fellow, APA Advocacy Summit member, and ABCT SIG Leader have given me the necessary skills to help flourish in this role.

 

 

 

 

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The SCCAP Council of Representatives board position calls to me for one simple reason – too few children and adolescents are receiving evidence-based treatments (EBTs). Facing this challenge has been the primary focus of my career, and I’ve happily observed how the SCCAP has been at the forefront of identifying and disseminating EBTs. There are several ways that I regularly promote the science of psychology in my roles as a Professor of Clinical Child and School Psychology and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. For example, I’ve conducted EBT-focused research, published EBT-focused books, and provided EBT-focused services as the Mental Health Consultant Coordinator for the East St. Louis Head Start Program. Additionally, as an Editor-In-Chief for The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development, I worked with a large team to disseminate information about the evidence base of several broad aspects of our field. I believe that being a part of something even bigger, like the work done by the SCCAP, is the best way for me to help make the most significant long-lasting contributions to the improvement of mental health care provided to youth. Lastly, my experience as a Professor (and the Clinical Child Coordinator) for 20 years in our Master’s program puts me in a good position to weigh in on upcoming issues such as the accreditation of Master's programs. Please see my faculty bio on the website for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for more details on these experiences – https://www.siue.edu/education/psychology/faculty/huppbio.shtml.

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I am a Professor in the School of Graduate Psychology and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Health Professions at Pacific University.  Previously, I served as the Dean for the School of Graduate Psychology.  My clinical research interests are in the prevention and early intervention of child maltreatment, the influence of culture of parenting and discipline practices, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally appropriate mental and behavioral health services for ethnic and racial minority children, youth, and families.

Some of my previous national-level professional activities include serving on the Executive Board for APA’s Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), as well as the APA Fellows Committee. I currently serve on Division 53’s Fellows Committee and am a member of the Task Force for Training Guidelines in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. I am a APA Fellow in the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice.

Candidate Statement

I am excited about the possibility of serving as an APA Council Representative for the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP).  It would be an honor to serve as a Council Representative and engage in advocacy that is in line with the SCCAP’s mission of enhancing the science of practice of clinical child and adolescent psychology.  I am particularly interested in moving forward our continued work related to equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI).  Although APA has made some recent strides, there is much work ahead as we strive to make our professional society more inclusive and socially responsive to its members and society.

I will work collaboratively with the Council of Representatives to ensure that APA develops and implements policies that are in line with their mission and new strategic plan, IMPACT.  We need to continue our work and focus on diversifying the pipeline from undergraduate to graduate school so our communities may benefit greatly from a more diverse psychology workforce that provides high quality culturally informed, evidence-based assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and families. Related, we need to continue our work on being more socially responsive to the needs of our communities.  Specifically, we need to be proactive in addressing social conditions (e.g., racism, poverty, transphobia) that contribute to the inequities faced by diverse children, youth, and families.

It would be a great privilege to represent SCCAP on the Council of Representatives as itt is vital that the voices and interests of SCCAP members are represented in APA. Thank you for your consideration.