Committees

The committees below each deal with specific issues related to training and practice in professional psychology. Each committee’s mission is described on the initial committee page. Click on a committee name for more information.

NCSPP Standing Committees

Women’s Issues Committee (WIC)

Women’s Issues Committee

Radhika Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Interim Chair

Mission:
The Women’s Issues Committee promotes the interests and issues of women in the education and training of professional psychologists. The committee will advocate for and monitor issues relevant to women within NCSPP and its member institutions, the profession of psychology, and in society.

The Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee 
The Women’s Issues Committee is a Standing Committee of NCSPP and therefore its Chair is a member of the organization’s Executive Committee. The Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee serves for two years and is expected to attend all four annual meetings of the Executive Committee. She is elected by the committee membership in attendance at NCSPP’s August annual meeting. Nominations for the Chair are collected by between the Midwinter meeting and the August election.

Ethnic & Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC)

Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC)

Kelli Johnson, PhD, Chair

Mission: 
The Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC) was formulated for the purpose of advising the Executive Committee on behalf of the membership concerning issues, which impact the organizational and training agendas of the Council. Explicit in this charge is the social responsibility to ensure that representation of diverse ethnic and racial groups is reflected in the organization’s membership and committees. Through such advocacy, the Committee promotes and ensures the integration issues of ethnic/racial diversity throughout all programs and activities, facilitates and consults on the development of ethnic/racial diversity in the programs and curricula of member schools, and helps NCSPP to implement the resolutions of the 1989 Puerto Rico Conference.

Diversity Competency
For more information about the Diversity Competency, please click here.

We encourage you to access APA's Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.

ERDC Individual Awards
NCSPP gives individual awards for those that have made significant contributions to the enhancement of ethnic-racial diversity. The granting of awards is accomplished through the awards sub-committee of the Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee. Individual awards are made during the Mid-Winter Conference in even-numbered years.

Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity Committee (SOGDC)

Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity Committee

Gary Howell, Psy.D., Chair

Mission Statement
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Committee (SOGDC) is committed to diversity as it concerns the psychological welfare of individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (LGBT). The committee promotes awareness and sensitivity to challenges faced by the LGBT community among NCSPP member schools and programs. SOGDC aspires to promote better awareness within the profession and broader society. The committee strongly encourages research that adds to the extant body of knowledge about sexual and gender minority persons and stimulates more competent service delivery to individuals, families, and organizations where sexual and gender minority concerns are often invisible but salient relational factors. We see this concern as more than a matter of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, but also a matter of quality of life and equality. Thus, social responsibility, relational competence, and advocacy for sexual and gender minority concerns are an important component of SOGDC. This committee changed its name from the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Committee to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (SOGD) Committee in February 2016 to follow the direction of the field and better align itself with the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD). The committee began as a spontaneously formed caucus at the 1994 Mid-Winter Conference in Cancun. The SOGDC was established as a standing committee of NCSPP with representation on the Executive Committee by vote of the general membership following the 1999 Mid-Winter Conference in Charleston.

SOGDC Individual Student Award:

Every two years, the NCSPP Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Committee (SOGDC) recognizes a sexual or gender minority student (LGBT) who is currently enrolled in a member or associate member school and has demonstrated noteworthy commitment to diversity as it relates to the psychology and study of individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (LGBT). The contributions of the student should be reflected in their scholarly products, clinical applications, and the way that they model professional identity and development as an advocate for the LGBT community.

The intent of this award is to promote awareness and sensitivity to challenges faced by the LGBT community among NCSPP schools and programs and to promote better awareness within the profession and broader society. The members of the SOGD Committee also believe that a student award of this nature promotes and encourages research that adds to the extant body of knowledge about sexual and gender minority persons and stimulates more competent service delivery to individuals, families, and organizations where sexual and gender minority concerns are often invisible but salient relational factors. We see this concern as more than a matter of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, but also a matter of quality of life. Thus, social responsibility, relational competence, and advocacy are the core of this award.

SOGDC allows use of the funds as a scholarship to support attendance at a professional meeting, summit/conference, or training as well as seed monies for research pertaining to the sexual or gender minority community. The individual selected will be expected to share their knowledge with the SOGDC either in person and/or through written documentation.  In addition to the financial award, the recipient will be recognized at corresponding NCSPP Mid-Winter Conference.

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NCSPP Appointed Committees of the Executive Committee

Accreditation Committee

Accreditation Committee

Diana Concannon, PsyD, PCI, Chair


Mission: The Accreditation committee will review issues pertinent to the accreditation of NCSPP schools, including proposed criteria and guidelines for accreditation and the implementation of the APA accreditation standards.

CoA Relations. In order to facilitate communication between NCSPP and the CoA, the representatives to the CoA will communicate regularly with the chair of the Accreditation Committee, at least after every CoA meeting.

Advocacy for Professional Training Issues Committee

Advocacy for Professional Training Issues Committee

Gilbert Newman, Ph.D., Chair


Mission:
The mission of the Advocacy for Professional and Training Committee is to work with the Executive Committee to identify opportunities and to develop strategies to advocate on behalf of NCSPP in areas affecting education and training in professional psychology. Advocacy activities may be directed to governmental and legislative bodies, licensing or credentialing boards, other organizations representing psychology, or organizations representing higher education, as appropriate. Advocacy efforts should involve collaboration with other organizations with the aim of enhancing the abilities of professional programs to offer quality education (e.g., through funding eligibility and other resources), improving the climate in which professional training occurs, and enhancing opportunities for professional psychology programs and their graduates.

Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Advocacy and/or Public Policy
Working in collaboration with the awards committee or the EC, the Advocacy Committee will present an annual award to recognize contributions and achievements in the professional psychology education and training of advocacy, public policy and promotion of public interest issues. The committee will usually alternate years in making this award to NCSPP member programs or individuals who demonstrate commitment and effectiveness in this area of education and training. The committee may consider additional awards to individuals outside of NCSPP who demonstrate commitment and effectiveness in this area of education and training. The award will be presented at the mid winter meeting.

Clinical Training Committee

Clinical Training Committee

Randy Wyatt, Ph.D., Chair

Mission:
The Clinical Training Committee focuses on issues of relationship and human services training, including assessment, intervention, supervision, consultation, education, and management. The committee assists the Executive Committee in examining emerging issues in clinical training and completes projects as assigned by the Executive Committee.

Education and Pedagogy

Education and Pedagogy Committee

Glena Andrews, PhD, Chair

Mission:
The Education and Pedagogy Committee focuses on issues of teaching and learning, including the development, implementation, and assessment of curricula and programs which build student competency and which remain relevant in a changing world and a changing profession. The committee assists the Executive Committee in examining emerging issues in education and completes projects as assigned by the Executive Committee.

Research and Evaluation Committee

Research and Evaluation Committee

Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D., Chair

Mission: 
The Research & Evaluation Committee’s primary purpose is to oversee all research and evaluation that is sponsored by NCSPP. The REC functions under the direction of the Executive Committee and in collaboration with other standing and ad hoc committees. The ERC assists the NCSPP in identification and study of issues that will impact or enable the organization to fulfill its mission to provide practitioner based training in psychology. This mandate included a leadership role in formatting and processing self-evaluation, but also encourages the independent investigator whose work is related to the NCSPP mission. The ERC may establish working relationships with outside organizations in order to fulfill its mission.

Survey procedures. Survey proposals require submission of a preamble about purposes and benefits to the membership to the committee and subsequent approval by the EC, data collection occurs through a web-based service, chained reminders are used to increase response rate, and the committee is not be responsible for data analyses.

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