Psychology has always been my passion. My earliest memories involve attempts to understand
how people behaved. I soon became
invested in applying the knowledge
of human behavior for social good,
with the firm conviction that scientific
understanding of human behavior and
suffering can provide us with incredible
tools to improve people’s lives.
My first exposure to psychology was
at Villanova (BA, 1971). The faculty
stressed a strong experimental scientific
orientation, and I became enthralled
with psychological science and convinced that applied psychology needed a
foundation on science. I pursued a PhD
in School-Community Psychology at
Hofstra University (1975) because of
my belief that working with children
could prevent problems from worsening
in adulthood. Afterward, I completed
a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert
Ellis Institute (1977), where Ellis
instilled in me the compassion necessary
to be an effective psychotherapist and an
appreciation that a firm philosophical
foundation could benefit mental health.
My early career included working in a
clinic in a New York City housing project. I was fortunate enough to receive the
Jack Krasner Early Career Contribution
award from APA’s Div. 29 (Society for
the Advancement of Psychotherapy).
My career in psychology has included
many facets. I have always been engaged
I have a strong history of providing
leadership service. I serve on the APA
Finance Committee and the board of
the American Psychological Foundation.
I served three terms on APA’s Council
of Representatives for Divs. 1 (Society
for General Psychology) and 17 (Society
of Counseling Psychology), and served
as chair of the Caucus for the Optimal Utilization of New Talent and the
Women’s Caucus. While serving for Div.
1, I encouraged the involvement of more
scientists and people of color.
I am past president of Div. 17. I have
served on the APA Board of Directors
for three years, and as co-chair of the
Council of Student Affairs Board for the
Association of Public and Land Grant
Universities. I chaired the APA Board for
Professional Affairs, served on the APA
Ethics Committee, served on the task
force to assess the change in structure of
the APA Annual Convention and on the
APA Good Governance Committee. I
have served on APA’s Board of Educational Affairs, APA President Robert
APA Presidential Election
PRESIDENT ROSIE PHILLIPS BINGHAM, PhD RAYMOND A. DIGIUSEPPE, PhD
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APA MEMBERS HAVE nominated five
psychologists to run for the association’s
presidency. The winning candidate will
serve as 2018 president-elect, 2019
president and 2020 past president. The
presidential candidates and the number
of nominating votes they received are:
Steven D. Hollon, PhD, 127 votes
Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, 119 votes
Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, PhD, 57 votes
Jack Kitaeff, PhD, JD, 49 votes
Todd E. Finnerty, PsyD, 41 votes
The nomination election was con-
ducted completely online and began Feb.
1. Members with an email address on
file were sent an announcement. Other
announcements were made on APA’s
website and in the APA Access e-news-letter. The nominations closed March 17.
The ballots were tabulated by Election-America and certified by APA’s Election
Committee. All APA members are eligible
to be nominated for president-elect and
invited to submit a statement.
This issue of the Monitor contains the
candidates’ biographies and statements.
In the June, July/August and September
issues of the Monitor, the candidates will
answer questions on issues of concern to
APA and APAPO members.
APA will email ballots to members
on Sept. 15. Paper ballots will be sent
to members who do not have an email
address on file. Members who receive
paper ballots by mail will have the option
to vote online or by mail. The election
closes Oct. 30.