SCRA 2017 Executive Committee Candidates


Brad Olson

Brad OlsonCommunity psychology stands at the core of the social sciences, ethics, and engaged practice, placing us in a strategic position to push toward collaborative local and global resistance and progress. Our field has flourished, but in this political climate, we have a lot at stake. We need to continue to strengthen our tools, support students, and sustain our work. The Practice Council has helped us recognize the greater breadth of career paths, CEP has enhanced our educational settings, the Policy Committee provides a mechanism for political action, and we are alive and well.

I understand SCRA well. In the past, I served with the SCRA Executive Committee, ex-officio, for over six years. I was told that I am an energetic and hard worker. Since then I have gained much experience as president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, APA’s Division 48 (Peace Psychology), and Divisions for Social Justice (DSJ; 14 APA social justice divisions). I am a co-founding editor of the SCRA Book Series, and an associate professor at NLU, in a wonderful community psychology PhD program, where over 100 amazing and diverse students have entered and been incredibly successful. We want a SCRA that is as diverse and inclusive as possible.

As president-elect, president, and past-president, I would continue to work collaboratively so we could help each other thrive in ethically and socially-just ways, and continue to reshape and refine the field. My professional identity has always resided in SCRA, and, if elected, I will dedicate myself to position. 

Jacob Tebes

JacobKraemerTebesI am committed to our field’s potential for promoting human betterment and social justice through research, practice, and education. Currently, I serve as editor of AJCP, and after 8 years, my term ends in 2017. As editor, I have increased the diversity of the editorial board; expanded publication of qualitative and mixed methods research as well as first person accounts; and supported early career and international scholars as authors and reviewers. I have also focused on enhancing the journal’s scholarly reputation, which is now more widely cited than ever and has had the longest sustained period of high impact scholarship in its history. As SCRA President, I will collaborate with the Executive Committee to implement the recently developed SCRA strategic plan that seeks to promote SCRA’s organizational effectiveness, financial sustainability, membership, education, and visibility. As a member of the Executive Committee while serving as editor, I participated in developing the strategic plan and am committed to its goals. As SCRA President, I will also engage the membership to ensure that the plan remains responsive to members’ emerging needs. In addition, I will support ongoing efforts to increase transparency and accountability at APA, and will work to ensure that our field’s vision is represented in APA practices and policies. Currently, I am a Professor at the Yale School of Medicine where I direct The Consultation Center and Division of Prevention and Community Research, two sites that focus on community psychology research and practice, and that provide related pre- and postdoctoral training.


Christopher Beasley

Christopher BeasleyWhen I was first asked to be a candidate for Member-at-Large, I thought, “Why me?” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought of running for a SCRA office. However, in retrospect, much of what I’ve done over the past 7 years has prepared me for such a role. During this time, I’ve been a regular attendee of the Biennial, APA, regional conferences, and social events at all three. I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to help judge poster sessions, mentor students, and organize social events. Aside from conferences, I’ve been an active member of various special interest groups.

While valuable experiences in their own right, they also guide my current work. For example, I recently helped develop the SCRA Criminal Justice Special Interest group and am in my 2nd year as a regional coordinator. A major responsibility in this role is organizing EPA presentations, poster sessions, social events, and awards--primary responsibilities of the Member-at-Large position.

I expect to continue to grow as a SCRA member and draw on my experiences to help strengthen the organization. For example, I’d like to support online dialogue among members, strengthen our presence at APA, and help develop online developmental workshops and seminars. I’d also like to see SCRA lead an effort to remove criminal background questions from APA membership forms.

If this is the type of SCRA experience and goals you’d like to see in a Member-at-Large, please consider voting for me!

Thanks for considering my candidacy.

Carolyn J. Tompsett

Carolyn_Tompsett.jpgI am pleased to be nominated for the position of Member-at-large with responsibility for SCRA programming at the APA convention. I appreciate the chance to begin my formal service to SCRA in this role emphasizing collaboration and communication. SCRA APA programming is often cross-listed with other divisions, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration. If elected, I would work to support the ongoing efforts of the current Member-at-large, network with SCRA members to build the next APA SCRA program, and promote the work of SCRA members within the APA convention.

I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University, where I research how adolescents perceive their neighborhoods and how they are shaped by diverse neighborhood exposures. I also conduct evaluation research on the efficacy of community-based mental health and juvenile justice services. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Community Psychology specialization in 2008 from Wayne State University.  I have been a member of SCRA since my first year of graduate school in 2001, and regularly attend the Biennial and local community psychology conferences. I am on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Community Psychology and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. I have published in AJCP, the Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and others. In both my research and service work, I support community psychology values of facilitating change across multiple levels of systems with special respect for the importance of diversity.

APA Council Member

Dina Birman

Dina BirmanI’m honored to be nominated to continue to represent SCRA on the APA Council. For the past two and a half years I have been an active member of the APA Council at a tumultuous time in APA history.  Now that the resolution to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations has been passed, Council is turning to other issues.  SCRA has a tenuous relationship with APA; yet those of us who are members of both believe that APA is a powerful force.  APA has been issuing statements on many current social justice issues including support for the Affordable Care Act, Standing Rock protestors, and march for science, among others. While on COR I have worked to re-activate and have become an officer of the Divisions of Social Justice group. These efforts are in line with our values as community psychologists, and we can multiply our impact by working with APA on these issues. I will also contribute to actions related to refugee and immigrant issues that are in the spotlight today, given my interest and expertise on these topics. If elected, I will continue to work through Council on these issues, affirm the contributions of community psychology, and promote contextual, social justice, and diversity perspectives within APA.

Joy Kaufman

Joy_Kaufman.jpgI am honored to be nominated to serve as the Division 27 Representative to the APA Council. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to SCRA, my professional home for the past 30 years. SCRA has had ongoing representation to APA since our founding as a division in 1967 and our Divisional voice with its strong grounding in social justice, has continued importance especially given the complex challenges requiring ongoing attention within APA. My past service to SCRA has included chairing a task force on accreditation, editing TCP, planning committee member and editorial board AJCP.  I am an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine where I serve as the Deputy Director of Operations for The Consultation Center and Director of Program and Service System Evaluation and Evaluation Research. As a community-based evaluator I collaborate with stakeholders from behavioral health systems of care to enhance their capacity to use data to inform the ongoing development of programs, policies and practice. This applied work combined with my experience as an administrator have prepared me with the leadership, communication, and collaboration skills needed for active and impactful participation in the democratic governance process of the APA Council. I know our Division well, and understand not only the diversity of interests represented within the SCRA membership, but also our shared vision of enhancing well-being and promoting social justice. I am prepared and would welcome the opportunity to represent Division 27 at the APA Council.