2019 APA President-Elect Candidate Statements Submitted to Division 35

Following Society procedures, we submitted a request for statements from each of the five candidates for President-elect of APA, requesting them if they could send Division 35, a 500-word statement that summarizes their track record on women’s issues and their vision of how they would incorporate the mission and values of Division 35 in the office if elected.

The letter also stated that the Executive Committee will review the statements and make judgments about endorsement based on a number of criteria, e.g., track record on women’s issues which may be demonstrated in a variety of ways (service to APA, Division 35, contributions to scholarships, science, practice, etc.); track record of inclusiveness and fostering the empowerment of women. This may be demonstrated by involvement in issues related to ethnic minorities, ability status, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of social identity and difference that can potentially divide women from each other and from men. 

All five candidates responded.  

Jean Lau Chin - Current Member & D35 Fellow, D35 Past President, Investment Chair (current)

Steven D. Hollon

Jennifer F. Kelly - Current Member & D35 Fellow

Susan K. Whitbourne - D35 Fellow 

Robert H. Woody

Please click on their name above to read their statement summarizing their track record on women’s issues and their vision of how they would incorporate the mission and values of Division 35 in the office if elected.The five candidates and links to their general statements are at the APA web site: https://www.apa.org/about/governance/elections/president-elect-candidates 

Please share your thoughts below regarding Division's 35 endorsements.  In addition to the criteria described in the Division policy handbook, the Executive Committee will review your comments when making the decision about their endorsement.


  1. I support Dr. Jennifer Kelly. She has a long trajectory of empowering women in leadership and advocacy. As a woman of color, I became in contact with her mentoring approximately 15 years ago through the State Leadership Conference (now PLC) and later on through the Diversity Leadership Training founded by her. I received much encouragement from Dr. Kelly to get involved in APA and my SPTA leadership. I saw her do the same with other women colleagues many of whom like me became SPTA presidents.

  2. While I appreciate all of the candidates comments, Dr. Jean Chin's statement most closely aligns with key aims and issues identified by Division 35 and reflects a clear commitment to the support of diverse women.

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