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Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1.

The Committee’s mission is to promote the:

  • psychological well-being of people with disabilities;
  • inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists;
  • development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and
  • awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

CDIP provides leadership within APA to shape policy, research and best practices in the field of psychology and disability. 2011 – 2012 initiatives include the identification, implementation and dissemination of culturally-competent and accessible services. Examples include but are not limited to multidisciplinary initiatives around health care disparities and the delivery of telehealth services.

CDIP is also particularly committed to promoting alliances with other underrepresented groups within the field of psychology in an effort to continue to increase the presence of disability in psychology while also appreciating the intersection of multiple identities with disability.

CDIP actively recruits members of the disability community and/or their allies who are full members of APA with specialization in disability issues. To this end, the Committee strongly encourages applications from those who have a disability and/or those with personal experience with disability. The Committee also seeks psychologists who are members of other
underrepresented groups.

Selected candidates will be required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by the APA, and are encouraged to participate in CDIP-sponsored activities held during the APA Convention at their own expense. Members are also expected to participate in email discussions and conference calls, and work on Committee priorities between meetings.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CDIP and highlighting specific competencies, interests, and potential contributions to the work of CDIP.

Nomination materials and supporting materials should be sent by August 20, 2011 to: Anju Khubchandani, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 or
akhubchandani@apa.org.