Research Committee Overview
The Section on Professional Practice Research Committee is a group that emerged from President Michael Mobley’s Practitioner Engagement Special Task Group within the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association). Their research now continues through the Division 17 Section on Independent Practice.
The Research Committee’s current investigation examines how negative views of the practice of psychology from professionals in the field may lead to negative training outcomes. Given that perceptions of discrimination from members of one’s training program have been linked to limited mentoring and networking options (Basford et al., 2013), ongoing feelings of invalidation and frustration (Constantine & Sue, 2007), and projected negative work outcomes (Basford et al., 2013), their work seeks to measure intentional or unintentional behaviors that exclude, demean, or otherwise express hostility or indifference toward clinically-oriented graduate students.
Members of the research team are:
Andrew Young Choi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 2013 with honors degrees (HBS) in Psychology and Sociology. His research interests center on advanced applications of latent variable modeling to understand population heterogeneity and mental health needs of diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities. Specific interests include factor analysis, measurement, and mixture models as they apply to identity development, intersectionality, prejudice, and other substantive topics.
Brian TaeHyuk Keum is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park. Broadly, his research interests include mental health correlates of intersecting identities, anti-stigma issues, counselor training, and the mental health of men of color. He has had 4 years of practical training seeing clients in both community and University settings. He is very excited to be part of the research team geared towards promotion of independent practice. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Teresa Huff is a second year doctoral student at the University of North Dakota working toward her PhD in Counseling Psychology. She moved to North Dakota in 2015 upon completion of her master’s in Counseling Psychology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Her research interests revolve around religiosity and stigma and the intersection of these constructs, particularly with the LGBT community as it relates to counseling and help-seeking. Her future plans include working with college students in a rural community, both clinically and in a teaching capacity. When she isn’t buried under with school responsibilities 😊 she enjoys community events, live music, biking, and playing any and all Escape the Room games! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeritt R. Tucker is assistant professor at Des Moines University in the department of behavioral medicine. He is also employed with the Polk County Juvenile Courts where he conducts psychological evaluations with juvenile offenders. His research focuses on social barriers to seeking and complying with treatment (primarily self-stigma), ameliorative social process (e.g., forgiveness and religious/spiritual engagement), and aspects of patient-provider relationships that relate to positive health outcomes. At Des Moines University he is currently conducting research on medical student self-stigma, physician characteristics which relate to interpersonal and cross-cultural skill, and relational predictors of patient satisfaction.
The SCP Section on Independent Practice has several things in the pipeline. Keep checking this website for the following:
Section Awards (2017)
Practitioner Travel Award
Webinar Development (2017)
Multicultural Competence in Practice: Gender Diversity, Social Class, and Religion/Spirituality
Facebook Coordinator (2017)
Directory Development (2017)
Listserv Coordinator (2017)
Section Programs at APA (2017, Washington, DC)
Student Poster Session
Hospitality Suite Programs for Practitioners