Divison 52 has opened the ballots for a special election for Early Career Chair-Elect, term to begin January 2019. All voting Divison members should receive an email from APA to vote in the election. Division 52 is proud to announce its candidates for elected positions in the Division and to post their candidate statements.
The 2019 ECP Chair-Elect will join ECP 2019 Chair Katelyn Poelker. There will also be an election for 2020 Chair Elect in the spring of 2019.
Duties of the ECP Positions:
Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Representatives to the Board of Directors
Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania
I am a clinician and a researcher of Cuban-Ecuadorian-American descent. I hold an academic appointment as Lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine and teach as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In addition, I work at Step by Step, where I specialize in the treatment of opiate addictions. I completed the first part of my training at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. This experience has helped me appreciate differences between the field of psychology in the US and other countries.
Lora Erickson, Johnson University
I graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017 earning a PhD in International Psychology, with trauma-focused specialization. I have received rigorous training, both theoretically and practically that is well-suited to the goals and vision of Division 52. More specifically, I have international field experience and research that is contextually and culturally sensitive and inclusive. I traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in 2015 and worked with colleagues and the local health care agency to develop an evaluation model situated to the specific needs and outcomes of the Unidade Basica de Saúde (Basic Health Care System Unit). It emphasized relevant aspects such as the cultural dimension of collectivism, diversity of the local society, and relational health care models. I also traveled to Accra, Ghana in 2016 where my team and I worked with nonprofit organizations, utilizing the Participatory Action Model to provide support, honoring and elevating their specific program goals as paramount. These organizations included DUNK! (basketball outreach program), Street Girls Aid (education and empowerment for females), and New Horizon School (for children with special needs). Finally, my dissertation research was cross-cultural and I conducted interviews with participants in the United States and Guatemala who emancipated from system-based care. I studied the concept of resiliency and examined protective factors that were both culturally unique and consistent among the cohorts. My interests include furthering the division’s reach toward ECPs, as well as identifying current needs in the field of International Psychology for future research projects. Thank you for considering me.