Welcome to New Hampshire Psychological Association

Committees

Chair: Paul Frehner, Psy.D.

NHPA’s Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee (BHAC) serves to advise NHPA on matters vital to the practice of professional psychology in the state. It identifies developments in the practice, legislative, and reimbursement arenas that affect psychologists and recommends strategies to respond to them in order to advance the effective and ethical practice of psychology across a variety of health care settings.

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Chair: Sue H. Kim, Ph.D.

The goal of the Continuing Education (CE) Committee is to assess the CE needs of NH psychologists and plan, develop, and organize educational events throughout the state. This committee maintains APA accreditation for its offerings.

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Chair: Teresa Johnson, Ph.D.

The Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Committee serves psychologists in New Hampshire who have obtained a doctoral degree within the last 7 years. The committee’s two main goals are to directly support Early Career Psychologists and to provide input to NHPA about ECP interests and needs. Ultimately, the committee hopes to serve ECPs in New Hampshire by both creating networking opportunities and making relevant resources more easily accessible to psychologists in the early years of their profession.

The committee meets monthly to address issues relevant to ECPs. Meetings are typically held via phone and at NHPA conferences to increase accessibility of attendance.

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Chair: Celia Oliver, Ph.D., Psy.D.

NHPA’s Ethics Committee strives to promote, support, and encourage ethical decision-making and behavior on the part of psychologists in the state by providing information and education about matters of ethical or professional conduct to NHPA members. The committee bases its activities on the current Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association (APA). Committee members also provide on-call ethics consultation services for NHPA members struggling with an ethical and/or professional concern.

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Chair: Vacant

This committee oversees the financial planning and management of NHPA by ensuring that all fiscal aspects of operations are in order. It is responsible for annual budgeting and financial planning and provides financial reporting to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis. The Finance Committee also sets long-term financial goals that support NHPA’s mission, values, and strategic goals.

Chair: Ann Hotchkiss, Ph.D.

This committee performs important personnel functions for NHPA including updating and maintaining position descriptions, negotiating and administering salary and benefits packages, and conducting annual performance evaluations for salaried employees (e.g., Executive Director, Administrative Assistant). It makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning employment contracts, conditions, and compensation for employees.

Chair: Shannon Bader, Ph.D. & Sheila Gardner, Ph.D.

This committee seeks to educate NHPA members on local governmental and legislative issues that impact the practice of psychology in the state. The committee also recognizes the important role psychologists can play by participating in the legislative process. It encourages psychologists to share their expertise and views with state officials who create legislation and policies relevant to mental health care in New Hampshire.

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Chair: Rebecca DeHass, Psy.D.

The goal of the Membership Committee is to recruit, engage, and retain members by conducting outreach to potential members and monitoring the changing trends, wants, and needs of NHPA members.

Chair: Jacquelyn Reinert, LMHC

This committee composes a slate of candidates running for leadership positions within NHPA, conducts elections, and encourages members to consider running for office. In addition, the Nomination & Awards Committee solicits nominations for NHPA’s three annual awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to NHPA by a current member (Member of the Year Award), demonstration of extraordinary skills in teaching, research, or service by a psychologist resident of the state (Margaret Riggs Distinguished Contribution Award), and outstanding contributions on behalf of the psychological welfare of people by a lay person or group of people in New Hampshire (Distinguished Contribution Award).

Chair: John Cabibi, Ph.D.

This committee monitors, identifies, and addresses the needs of practicing psychologists on issues including practice administration, regulations, third-party reimbursement, and professional status. Members of this committee focus on enhancing recognition of psychology in the state, developing a better understanding of issues affecting clinical practice, and influencing state politics affecting patients, practice, reimbursement, and the public.

Chair: Kathryn Robbins, Ph.D.

The Public Relations Committee creates and develops campaigns designed to educate the people of New Hampshire about the field of psychology and the work of NHPA. It engages in community outreach activities and offers a Speakers Bureau composed of NHPA members who have expertise in certain areas of mental health and are available to translate this knowledge to the media and general public.

Chair: Karen Couture, Ph.D.

This committee promotes and supports research in psychology and psychology-related fields in the state of NH. It encourages involvement in research activities and promotes the benefits of such pursuits. It also enhances collaborations among colleagues (psychologists, faculty, and researchers) and students (graduate and undergraduate) with similar research interests and compatible needs. This committee develops, collects, and communicates information regarding research resources and funding opportunities, as well as develops outlets for disseminating research findings and increasing the visibility of NH research. Each year in April, this committee organizes and hosts the annual NHPA Academic Convention to bring together psychology students from around the state for educational and networking opportunities that expand their understanding of the science and practice of psychology.

Chair: Maura Sullivan, Psy.D.

This committee advises the Board of Directors concerning the role of women, minorities, and diverse communities in NHPA and in psychology as a profession in the state. It offers recommendations regarding psychological services needed by and offered to these communities and encourages members of these communities to enter leadership positions in NHPA. Its goal is to encourage the dissemination of psychological knowledge to advance equal opportunity and to foster empowerment of those who do not share equitably in society’s resources, based on their culture, class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.