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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.

Candidates are:

  • Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania
  • Lora Erickson, Johnson College 

Duties of the ECP Positions:

Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Representatives to the Board of Directors

  1. The ECP Representative to the Board of Directors shall serve for a three-year period as Chair Elect of the ECP Committee, Chair of the ECP Committee, and Past Chair of the ECP committee. The ECP Committee Chair Elect is elected by the Division membership. The ECP Committee Chair Elect and ECP Committee Past Chair shall serve as non-voting ex officio members of the Board. The ECP Committee Chair shall serve as a voting member of the Board during their year as Representative to the Board of Directors.
  2. Duties of the Chair of the ECP Committee include:
    1. Chair of the ECP Committee;
    2. Active participation as a voting member on the Board of Directors;
    3. Regular communication and collaboration with the Vice President for Engagement;
    4. Coordination of Division ECP communications, outreach, and engagement with ECPs and associated Division committees and processes;
    5. Member of the Student Nominations and Elections Committee;
    6. Reports of the activities of the ECP committee for the Division newsletter and to the annual and midwinter meetings of the Division 52 Board of Directors.
  3. Duties of the Chair-Elect of the ECP Committee include:
    1. Active involvement with the ECP Committee;
    2. Active involvement with the Division 52 Board of Directors;
    3. Assisting in the coordination of Division ECP communications, outreach, and engagement with ECPs and associated Division committees and processes.
  4. Duties of the Past Chair of the ECP Committee include:
    1. Active involvement with the ECP Committee;
    2. Active involvement with the Division 52 Board of Directors;
    3. Chair of ECP Awards Committee.

D52 1 2Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

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.
I graduated from Lehigh University’s Counseling Psychology program and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine. At Yale, I received training in mental health services administration and leadership and specialized in the synergistic interaction among substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV among women, particularly Latinas in the USA and Latin America.
I am a past member of the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists and has served as the Div52, Task Force 5 (Engaging International Partners) Liaison for Ecuador. In that capacity, I fostered collaborations among Latin American and US psychologists in efforts to eradicate violence against women. Currently, I am the Co-Chair of Marketing for the Div52 ECP Committee. Recently, I have established contact with the Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología to contribute to their social justice projects. I am interested in the cultural aspects of international collaborations and in psychology’s involvement in the promotion of social justice worldwide. I am grateful for the opportunity to run for this position.


D52 1 3 Lora Erickson, Johnson University

Curriculum Vitae

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. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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