Casey McDougall, PhD
Affiliation: New Mexico State University
Advancement through Division 45 Governance has been a great interest of mine. Not for personal gain; but motivated by duty, obligation, and the promotion of cross-cultural psychology. I believe I have observed the inner machinations of the Executive Committee, needs of our diverse membership, and (to a degree) the pulse of the APA. As President Elect, my initial goals would be to buttress the Presidential Trio and adhere to the sole PURPOSE of the division. For background, I am the Training Director of the NMSU Postdoctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology program and a Full Professor within the Counseling & Education Department. I recently became a prescribing psychologist in New Mexico and am a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. I am very proud that I was able to complete my Post-Doctoral training with the (Pueblo of) Acoma Behavioral Health Services. I previously worked for Indian Health Service as the Behavioral Health Director at the Red Lake Hospital (Red Lake Nation; Red Lake, MN). Finally, I am a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom III and Direct Descendant of the White Earth (Nation) Band of Chippewa; identifying strongly with both cultures. Through LEADERSHIP, I can execute the blended interests in Public Service, a Society of Culture and Diversity, and the integration of psychobiosocial psychopharmacology; all of which will undoubtedly promote access to and continuity of care for underserved populations and people with (ethnic) health disparities. AND still maintain the vision and mission of Division 45 to promote culture, ethnicity and race.
Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD
With gratitude, curiosity, respect, humility, and excitement I submit to colleagues, friends, and leaders of Division 45 my candidacy for your consideration.
Those of us committed to serving out diverse communities often find ourselves on journeys that we never imagined. My journey has allowed me to engage in the scholarship and practice of psychology in academic positions as a research scientist, in advocacy and leadership as a member of numerous national and local committees, in my work as the Director of Community and Tribal Partnership in a regional health collaborative, and as a member of a wonderful and diverse community.
Division 45 is privileged to have a legacy of leaders who have left us well positioned to blend the knowledge, courage, and innovation of out past leaders with the energy, vision, and grit of out future leaders. As President, I would work with Division leadership and members to continue to strengthen and nurture the connections between the scholarship and practice of psychology to the communities we serve. We are ready to cross the bridges that our Elders have built for us to roll our sleeves even higher and do the right work.
I am a life-long learner and bring my experience as technical advisor to the NIH Tribal Advisory Committee; founding member of the CNPAAEMI Leadership Development Institute; former Division 45 AIAN Member-at-Large; 2011 NMCS Planning Committee; former Chair, Division 18 Psychologists in Indian Country section; former Co-chair, Native Research Network; an former Chair, APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.
Steven Verney, PhD
Affliation: University of New Mexico
Steven P. Verney, Ph.D., is an Alaska Native (Tsimshian) Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM an is a past fellow in the American Indian Alaska Native Program at the University of Colorado. He is currently a Co-Investigator on the newly NIMHD-funded Health Disparities Center of Excellence to UNM, the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health. Dr. Verney’s overarching philosophy is that culture is infused in all of our beings influencing how we think, feel, and behave. His research has evolved into a mental health disparities focus, and he works collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native populations on various research projects. He is interested in the role of culture in cognition and assessment including education (i.e., quality of education), language (bilingualism), and acculturation/cultural adaptation processes. He currently teaches courses in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Health Disparities, and Research with Diverse Populations. He strives to increase diversity awareness and training and has developed the department’s Diversity Organization (DO!), a student organization to increase diversity awareness and training within the department. Dr. Verney co-developed the Cultural Counseling Center for the UNM Clinical Psychology Doctoral students, which provides clinical supervision, consulting services, and continued cultural training to clinical students working with diverse populations.