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Convention 2019

Make Your Voice Heard and Your Vote Count

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Hello, and welcome to a preview of ABCT’s 2019 election. Our election voting site will be available from April 1 until April 30. All full members and new professionals will be sent an instructional email prior to the election on how to vote in the VoteNet system.

And, it is never to soon to be thinking about governance participation for next year, and who would make a skilled leader for ABCT. Please be sure to nominate yourself or a colleague when the 2020 Call for Officers is released.

Going forward, we will hold the annual election in November--the same month as our annual convention. Please check tBT, our website, and list serve for the new schedule. Again, thank you for making your voice heard and your vote count!

David Pantalone, Ph.D.

Chair, Leadership and Elections Committee

President Elect 2020-2021

Marc S. Atkins, Ph.D.

Position Statement

ABCT and its Annual Convention has meant a lot to me over the years. In graduate school, and several years after, it was the only conference I attended and I still relate strongly to the well-dressed graduates seeking that first job in the elaborate dance of conference cheerfulness and serious science. November was also just enough time for those in their first jobs to share their excitement at how wonderful their students are, how great their lab space, and how supportive their colleagues; though invariably, the next November, one could find them at the hotel bar lamenting that their students were not quite as stellar as they hoped, their lab space had a leaky ceiling, and their colleagues had more than a few snakes among them. As a training director, I dubbed this the ABCT effect to encourage students to balance expectations.

Through the years, the convention has remained a steady influence on my work, a place to share my most valued findings and to hear from colleagues whose work I admire the most. I attend a smattering of symposia, but my favorite place is poster sessions (and, yes, also the hotel bar) where I hear the backstory on the work. Many of these conversations are with former interns and graduate students, which is even more pleasurable.

A few years back, Bruce Chorpita and Brad Nakamura started a small but energetic Special Interest Group for dissemination and implementation (DI) science. The group has expanded exponentially and its energy is a bellwether for ABCT's future. DI is a force multiplier, a cross-cutting metric of ABCT's long-standing mission to bridge research and practice. The core goal is same-applying principles of behavior change to promote health-but with an expanded focus to include the settings and social influences that maintain behavior change over time. ABCT, with its multidisciplinary membership, its strong student base, and its core group of researchers and practitioners, is the ideal organization to lead this effort, to close the long-standing gap from need to availability, to reduce health disparities, and to inform public policy.

Biographical Statement

I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I directed psychology training for two decades and currently serve as Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research of the Community-Based Dissemination and Implementation Science program for UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science. My research examines new models for mental health practice in high-poverty urban communities, especially for children with ADHD and aggression, to address long-standing disparities in mental health care. I have a strong interest in public policy and serve as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Department of Public Health. I have also served on the executive committee of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and as Past-President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53). In 2015, I received the Career Achievement Award from the ABCT Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group.

David F. Tolin, Ph.D.

Position Statement

The mission of ABCT-to advanc[e] the scientific understanding, assessment, prevention, and treatment of human problems through the global application of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles-is a lofty one, and requires input from a wide range of scientist-practitioners. One of my main objectives would be to increase the recruitment, retention, and diversity of membership. Within our ranks, Ph.D.s outnumber Psy.D.s by a factor of nearly 10 to 1, and outnumber M.S.W.s by a factor of over 30 to 1 (ABCT central office data, 2019). I would "expand our tent" by reaching out to Psy.D., M.S.W., and other training programs, in addition to the Ph.D. programs that have been the mainstay of our membership to date.

ABCT benefits from a strong student membership, yet many students do not continue their membership once training is complete. To help retain them, I would emphasize small individualized group experiences and recognition of individual accomplishments, particularly at the early career stage of development. I would also promote Special Interest Group (SIG) membership, which allows for more direct involvement within the larger organization. The SIGs, in particular, have a strong role to play in terms of dissemination and implementation. The content-based diversity of these groups can be leveraged to develop resources that translate science into practice, and to promote CBT delivery across a broad spectrum of health care practitioners.

Finally, the innovation and advancement of science is of paramount importance to the organization. Changes in NIMH's funding priorities have left many ABCT members wondering about the future of our science. As President, I would seek to secure ongoing funding for behavioral research by engaging with NIMH decision-makers, as well as supporting the expansion of a database of alternative research funding sources.

Biographical Statement

ABCT has been my professional home for the past 25 years. I joined ABCT as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, and deepened my relationship with the organization through my predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the Boston VA Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. In my current position as the founding Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at The Institute of Living in Connecticut, I lead an outpatient clinic where we treat a range of anxiety-, mood-, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. There, I face issues of dissemination and implementation on a near-daily basis, helping to transform a traditionally psychodynamic institution into a hub of evidence-based practice. I have published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and my research on bio-behavioral mechanisms of anxiety-related and obsessive-compulsive related disorders and on clinical outcomes of cognitive-behavioral interventions has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for two decades. I am a dedicated scientist-practitioner, and am happy to say that my membership in ABCT has helped forge my professional identity. As President, I hope to give back to the organization by bringing my experience in research, clinical service, education, and dissemination to ABCT leadership.


Representative-at-Large 2020-2023

Amie E. Grills, Ph.D.

Position Statement

Like many who have served ABCT before me, I feel a deep connection with this organization that has long been my professional home. During my 20+ years of membership, I have learned the importance of those who dedicate their time for the advancement of our field. ABCT has been my go-to for presenting my latest findings and continuing my own learning, and I have attempted to pay forward what the organization has been for me through my ongoing service to it. The Representative-at-Large position is an extension of work I have previously done with ABCT, which has included serving as SIG leader, Ambassador Committee Chair, International Associates Committee, Program Committee, and Self-Help Book Recommendations Committee. If elected, I would attend to strategic initiatives concerning Membership Community and Value and Dissemination and Implementation in my role as Board Liaison to Academic and Professional Issues. Each of the five committees that fall under the scope of this position align with these two initiatives and I envision building on these groups' expertise to further support the larger organization goals of membership recruitment and retention. I would expand efforts to reach and include diverse disciplines and practitioners. Doing so will strengthen our overall community and better drive the scaling and uptake of the work from our field. CBT is utilized by practitioners across a variety of settings (medicine, social work, education), and our organization should serve as a professional home for all of these individuals to connect, learn, collaborate, and disseminate their practices. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Academic and Professional Issues Committees and the Board to achieve these shared goals.

Biographical Statement

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs within Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech and completed my internship at Charleston Consortium. Most of my research has been conducted within two domains: child internalizing disorders and risk/protective factors that predict adverse outcomes following trauma. My work has focused on developing evidence-based intervention programs that can be innovatively applied (e.g., classrooms, online) to reach greater numbers of individuals. I have received funding from NICHD, NIMH, and NSF, published several books and over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and received awards from ABCT and the American Psychological Society and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. I first joined ABCT in 1996 and have remained an active member since. For over 10 years, I have been a member of the Ambassadors Committee, and for the past 2 years, I have served as its Chair. I am a longstanding member of the Program Committee and am on the Editorial Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. I have been a member of the International Associates and Self-Help Book Committees, and have completed terms as the Anxiety Disorders SIG Leader and Treasurer. Outside work, I can be found with my husband and three children playing card games, dancing, building with Legos, or doing something gymnastics-related.

Laura A. Payne, Ph.D.

Position Statement

ABCT has been a vital part of my development as a psychologist at every step of my career. As an eager undergraduate student at UCLA, I was fortunate to be mentored by Michelle Craske in her anxiety disorders research program. This experience introduced me to ABCT and set the stage for my love of behavior therapy. Through my undergraduate, graduate, and faculty careers, ABCT has kept me connected to the most important advancements in the field. My hope, and my primary objective as Representative-at-Large, is to enhance and showcase the value of ABCT membership across all disciplines and levels of training.

I have enjoyed being active in the ABCT community for many years. My work as Chair of the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee has been an opportunity to help ABCT achieve its goal of increasing awareness of and disseminating evidence-based CBT. It has also prepared me for the role of Representative-at-Large for Academic and Professional Issues. I recognize the importance of integrating research with professional development, and I believe I have the necessary experience to successfully realize this goal. Collaboration with other professional societies and training programs is critical to further ABCT's impact on the field; as part of my role, I plan to foster an environment of inclusion to help facilitate these connections and boost member value.

ABCT is a part of my past, present, and future. I would love the opportunity to continue to help our organization grow nationally and internationally, and to ensure it remains the premiere professional organization for CBT research and clinical practice.

Biographical Statement

Laura Payne, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pain Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a graduate student, Laura worked closely with David Barlow to develop and test the initial version of the Unified Protocol. She subsequently applied her experience with emotion regulation and transdiagnostic interventions in a behavioral medicine context. Her current research interests include understanding underlying mechanisms of pain, particularly in young women with menstrual pain. Laura has received numerous grants from NIH and UCLA to continue her research, and she has published research articles and book chapters in the areas of anxiety disorders, emotion regulation, and pain. She has also trained many practitioners, students, and psychiatry residents in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies, including the Unified Protocol. Laura has been a member of ABCT since her first conference in 2000 and has been actively involved in ABCT ever since. She received the Virginia A. Roswell Dissertation Award in 2007 and was a member of the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee from 2012-2015. Laura then served as Committee Chair from 2015-2018. In this position, Laura implemented a number of initiatives to bring greater value to members, including development of the Therapist Spotlight, CBT Pioneers, and Monthly Mental Health Topics. Laura considers ABCT her professional home and is very eager to continue to support the professional association that has shaped her career over the last two decades.

Kamila White, Ph.D.

Position Statement

L. Frank Baum (1900) wrote, "There's no place like home." I can attest, ABCT is my professional home, and there is no other place like it. According to our vision statement, ABCT aspires to expand access to evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapy to drive better health outcomes. This aim to broaden outreach and fuel growth is dynamic, and I will advocate for comprehensive outreach. My ongoing research outreach is on a smaller scale but with similar aims for outreach. My work focuses at the intersection of anxiety and cardiovascular health to examine outcomes and cultural factors in congenital heart disease; this work is international ( I will also advocate for ABCT's longstanding core values of diversity and mentorship. Every generation of diverse, rising professionals strengthens ABCTs mission, and we have the potential to engage and mentor each student and professional. The ABCT priorities and strategic initiatives (2019) include these and other central agenda items for the academic and professional issues. With my drive and commitment, I believe my past experiences have provided me with some of the background and experiences to serve ABCT as Representative-at-Large.

My involvement with ABCT includes serving on Academic and Professional Issues (Coordinator, 2011-2013); Publications Committee (at-large member, 2009-2012); Committee on Research Agenda (member, 2005-2009); Local Arrangements Committee (member, 2003), and Program Committee (since 2004).

Biographical Statement

Kamila White, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri, St. Louis. Dr. White has written over 85 journal articles and book chapters. Her research is at the intersection of anxiety and cardiovascular health; much of her work has examined how anxiety contributes to cardiovascular risk in heart disease, particularly in at-risk populations (i.e., congenital heart disease). Under her leadership, she maintains a small private practice, supervises an active research laboratory including undergraduate and graduate students (the Health and Anxiety Research Program), and supervises doctoral student clinicians in training. Dr. White is a consulting editor for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. White attended Kansas State University (BS), Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S., Ph.D.), Brown University Medical School (APA-accredited clinical internship, behavioral medicine), Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University (research assistant professor appointment and postdoctoral residency).



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