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SCCAP Elections

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 administers the elections for all divisions. Ballots will be emailed, or mailed to those members without email addresses, on April 15. The balloting period will run from April 15 through May 14. 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. In addition, APA members may access their ballots on their member profile page (

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 in representing you on the board by running for elected SCCAP office.



Tim Cavell, PhD is a practicing clinical child/adolescent psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. He studies how parents, teachers, and mentors can help children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied at school. Tim has authored over 100 journal articles and chapters and has published 4 books, including "Good Enough Parenting" and "Working with Parents of Aggressive Children." His research has been funded by the Department of Education, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Department of Defense. Tim is a member of the Research Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and is on the Board of Educational Affairs for the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He and his wife have 3 children, including a daughter who is a practicing child/adolescent psychologist!

Candidate Statement

It would be an honor to serve as President of SCCAP. If elected, I hope to serve with humility in my role and with pride in my organization’s strengths and contributions. I’ve had the privilege of being in previous leadership roles, including Director of Clinical Training, Chair of CUDCP, APA Board of Professional Affairs, and APA Board of Educational Affairs. I also had the privilege to Chair the joint BEA/BPA Task Force on competencies expected of graduates with a master’s degree in health service psychology. Perhaps most relevant were my two terms on the SCCAP Board as a representative to APA’s Council of Representatives. I believe these experiences have prepared me for the role of SCCAP President-Elect. I learned that Robert Greenleaf had it right when he coined the term servant leadership: Servant-leaders do not simply want to serve; they want first to serve. Greenleaf’s criteria for evaluating servant leaders were to ask if those served grow as persons and if, while being served, they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? I rather like these criteria and see their direct applicability to the work of the SCCAP Board. I’ve also been able to witness the excellent work that has long been the hallmark of the SCAPP Board. The colleagues we elect to the SCCAP Board are incredibly competent and earnestly committed to serving all members, regardless of rank, role, or recognition. I have also seen what the Board can accomplish when we work toward a shared mission and operate from a common set of well-delineated goals. If I were to find myself in the role of SCCAP President, I can foresee that my goal would be to facilitate that kind of Board work.


Biography and

Candidate statement


For over two decades, SCCAP has been my professional home. In 2015, I was trusted with a chance to serve as SCCAP’s Member at Large for Education & Standards. Through this role I worked collaboratively to develop child postdoctoral competencies, to establish new grants/awards, and to increase opportunities for student members. My work with SCCAP positioned me to continue increase my service to our profession: working to write child training guidelines, serving on the APA Commission on Accreditation, and as President of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. SCCAP has been formative to my professional development. It would be my privilege to return to the board with a focus on growing how SCCAP can be equally impactful to others. I am strongly aligned with SCCAP’s mission: to promote the science and practice of clinical child and adolescent psychology – research, practice, training, diversity equity and inclusion and dissemination. My north star would be for SCCAP to be THE professional home for Child Psychologists - at all career stages, regardless of practice focus or setting. Child psychologists are rapidly transitioning into new settings and roles. I want SCCAP to support our increasingly diverse membership, working to prepare students and early-career psychologists for emerging career opportunities. I want SCCAP to be our go-to resource for support, mentorship, learning, and programming – to be child psychology’s professional community. It would my honor to work with you to create the professional home for the diverse array of professionals who identify as Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists.



I am an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and Director of the Young Adult and Adolescent ADHD Services Lab as well as the Director of the SUCCEEDS College ADHD Clinic at UIC.

My research seeks to understand ADHD in adolescence through emerging adulthood and developing interventions to reduce negative mental health and academic outcomes. I am also interested in school-based mental health interventions which has resulted in working with both the Baltimore City Public Schools (MH117086; MPI: Meinzer & Chronis-Tuscano) and the Chicago Public Schools. I’ve been recognized by national organizations for this work (i.e., CHADD’s Young Scientist Research Award, NIMH CHIP’s Fellow).

In addition to my research, I am actively involved on editorial boards and in leadership positions. I serve on the editorial boards for Journal of Attention Disorders and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Further, I am a Consulting Editor of APA’s Clinician’s Research Digest where monthly I provide “digestible” summaries of empirical articles to clinicians to help to bridge the research to practice gap. I also serve on the Finance Committee for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and as Associate Head for the Department of Psychology at UIC.

 Candidate Statement

As the current SCCAP Secretary, I would be honored to serve a second and final term where I can continue to give back to an organization that has shaped my career in child and adolescent clinical science. Particularly, I am excited to continue as C0-Chair of the Child Action Committee. My experience as a principal investigator on community-based research projects as well as experience serving on review boards for NIH will continue to help in reviewing proposals for programs to advance the dissemination of evidence-based practices, particularly among  under-resourced and under-represented communities. In addition to fulfilling the required duties of SCCAP Secretary, I would also continue to aid in increasing the diversity (i.e., by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity) of prospective clinicians and researchers entering our field. By raising awareness of training opportunities made available by members of this division of APA, I hope to increase the number underrepresented students pursuing careers in clinical psychology.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my nomination.


Biography and Candidate Statement

It is with great interest and enthusiasm that I submit my application for consideration for the
Membership at Large (MAL), Membership for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent
Psychology (SCCAP)
position. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and tenure track Assistant Professor
at American University. I obtained my doctoral degree in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent
Psychology from Florida International University and completed my Clinical Psychology Predoctoral
Internship at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development.

My research focuses on early childhood, from infancy through preschool, as the sensitive and critical
developmental period during which caregivers play a significant role in social and emotional development.
Of particular importance within this research is the examination of culturally relevant factors at the
individual and contextual level that inform the nuances of parenting and parent-child interactions. At the
developmental level, I examine the transactional processes involved in parent-child interactions, examining
how these processes develop and the impact of factors like temperament and parental psychopathology. At
the intervention level, I seek to understand how we can refine and individualize treatment targets to develop
early intervention programs that are accessible and scalable for families and providers, particularly those
from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds, such as Hispanic/Latine families.

Recognizing the importance of leadership skills in working with families from underserved and
marginalized communities, I have been involved in different organizations that share similar goals to
SCCAP. As a member of the Coalition for Advancing Culturally Informed EBPs, I collaborate with scholars
and practitioners to improve the accessibility of EBPs, provide recommendations for changes practices, and
share culturally-sensitive resources. Additionally, I am a member of the SCCAP Infant and Early Childhood
SIG. As a newly formed SIG, we are hoping to increase research in infant and early childhood mental health
that is more representative and inclusive. At a time when health inequities are rampant and the effects on
mental health are staggering, it is imperative to support the advancement of diverse scholars to begin to
address the needs of underserved communities.

My goals align with SCCAP’s mission to "improve the mental health and resilient development of children,
adolescents, and families with a full commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Particularly
relevant to the MAL-Membership position, I hope to increase representation and opportunities within
SCCAP for members from marginalized backgrounds. In line with current initiatives, I would strive to
facilitate changes within the organization that would increase benefits for members, support our students,
and help identify barriers towards engagements within the organization. As the current Chair for the APA
SCCAP programming, I understand the importance of attending board meetings and value the collaborative
and collegial nature of all those who strive towards the SCCAP mission. I truly appreciate your
consideration and I welcome the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications