Convention 2020


Now More Than Ever: In Search of ABCT Leadership in 2021 and Beyond

Patricia Marten DiBartolo, Chair, Leadership and Elections Committee

What an exhausting, extraordinary, and tumultuous time. It is hard not to feel exhausted by the effects and inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, everywhere around me I see people reaching for ways to help and heal. In response to its precarity, this moment has us reaching out to connect with those people and values we hold dear.

In the midst of it all, ABCT's mission-to foster human well-being through evidence-based principles-calls. As misinformation proliferates on social media while systems of medical and psychological health care strain with human suffering, I think about the importance of science in addressing society's challenges. Each year, ABCT's Leadership and Elections Committee works hard to shepherd elections with a slate of candidates who are energized by our organization's mission. Consistent with one of ABCT's central strategic initiatives, we seek to diversify our notions of leadership in order to expand the kinds of professionals who feel like both they and the values they hold dear are reflected in the organization and its leadership.

So, now more than ever, as ABCT gears up for its 2021 election, we ask you to consider, what about you?

For the upcoming 2021 election, we seek nominations for ABCT's next President-Elect (2021-2022; President, 2022-2023; Immediate Past President, 2023-2024), Secretary-Treasurer (2022-2025), and for a Representative-at-Large (RAL; 2021-2024). Each RAL serves as a liaison to one of the governing branches of the association. The representative position open for 2021 will connect and coordinate with the Convention and Education Issues Coordinator and committees. You can nominate any full member in good standing in the organization and there is no limit to the number of nominees you can put forward for any position. Candidates with the most nominations will be the only official names on the ballot once voting commences.

Membership on the Leadership and Elections Committee, approved by ABCT's Board of Directors, includes a chair and two members. Our Chair is Patricia DiBartolo (, from Smith College, who has served on the committee since 2016. Kristen Lindgren of the University of Washington School of Medicine is a continuing member (, and Simon Rego, of Montefiore Medical Center (, is our newest member.

If you do not have time to commit to run, we hope you will express your investment in ABCT's future by voting in the election. One measure we track of whether we have hit our mark as a committee is the percentage of members that cast votes. Last year, we were pleased to see one of the strongest turnouts in years. Never complacent, we seek to increase rates of membership participation in the voting process even further. In 2020, the election will again run in the fall, overlapping with the timing of our Annual Convention. Mark your calendar.

For many of us, ABCT is an intellectual home, one whose mission aligns with our personal commitments. Exert your privileges of ABCT membership so that, together, we can realize the organization's loftiest goals: to enhance and promote human health and wellness. Now more than ever, nominate and vote.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Election Form - PDF

Election Form - WORD

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