American Psychological Association
Women’s Programs Office
Annual Report 2011
Staff: Shari E. Miles-Cohen, PhD, Senior Director; Tanya L. Burrwell, Assistant Director; Kari A.
Hill, Women’s Programs Assistant
I. Information Item
A. Background: brief overview and purpose of committee
The Women's Programs Office (WPO) works to improve the health, education, well-
being, and status of women psychologists and consumers of psychological services. WPO
activities span the science, practice, education, and policy arenas. The Office works to:
1. coordinate APA's efforts to ensure equal opportunities for women psychologists
2. as practitioners, educators, and scientists;
3. analyze initiatives and trends affecting women within APA and within
4. eliminate gender bias in research, diagnosis and treatment, and education and
5. promote the inclusion of women in research studies and encourage the analysis of
sex and gender in the conduct and reporting of the results of research;
6. improve women’s access to health and mental health services and promote the
inclusion of psychosocial and behavioral factors in women's health research and
7. monitor the welfare of women as consumers of psychological services, analyze
the impact of governmental initiatives on women, and promote the development
and application of psychological knowledge.
B. Report on the activities of the committee for current reporting period-- The
following report focuses on activities of the Women's Programs Office January 2011 –
December 2011. Additional information and copies of publications are available at
In June and July 2011, the WPO welcomed Ms. Danielle Busby, a doctoral student in
Clinical Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC, to the WPO
as an intern. Ms. Busby assisted with tasks related to the Task Force on Trafficking of
Women and Girls, the women with disabilities conference, the Leadership Institute for
Women in Psychology and other tasks as needed.
Ms. Gloria Mejia, an undergraduate student from University of California at Merced,
joined WPO as an intern for the Fall 2011 term. Ms. Mejia, who plans to continue on to
graduate school and study to become a forensic psychologist, assisted with the Inequity to
Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities conference and also
worked closely with the staff to plan and host the first meeting of the APA Task Force on
Trafficking of Women and Girls.
Finally, the WPO welcomed its newest addition in late July. Assistant Director Tanya
Burrwell gave birth to Baby Noelle on July 26, 2011. Tanya, Tony, Grandma Jane, Big
Sister Jadyn, and Baby Noelle are all doing well.
WPO provided staff support for the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP), which
met March 24 – 26, 2011 and September 16-18, 2011. Committee on Women in
Psychology members in 2011 include Nancy M. Sidun, PsyD, ABPP, ATR (Chair);
Kathy A. McCloskey, PhD, PsyD, ABPP (Vice Chair); Joan Chrisler, PhD; Cynthia de
las Fuentes, PhD; Ramani Durvasula, PhD; and Sandra L. Shullman, PhD. In addition,
WPO staffed CWP Chair-elect de las Fuentes during the November 4-6, 2011 Board for
the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest meeting.
The WPO also continues to provide staff support for the follow-up activities related to the
CWP-initiated projects: Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion, the Task Force on the
Sexualization of Girls, and the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
(LIWP), as well as the newly established Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls.
APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP)
The mission of the APA LIWP is to empower, prepare, and support women psychologists
as leaders to promote positive in institutional and organizational life and to increase the
diversity, number, and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. WPO staffs the
Executive Committee and the Clinical and Consulting Planning Committee, organizes the
monthly conference calls for each committee, manages the APA LIWP applications
process, schedules and runs the Webinar backstage logistics, maintains regular contact
with participants, and works to secure external financial support for the Institute. Dr.
Miles-Cohen and Ms. Kari Hill serve as staff liaisons to the APA LIWP.
Class of 2010-2011: On March 24, 2011, at the APA Headquarters, the WPO hosted
the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology 3rd annual Spring Follow-on
program. Twenty-one members of the 2010 Class participated. The March program
included a module on managing fiscal resources, a 2-3 hour interactive presentation given
by Deputy CFO Susan Graves. The March program is rounded out by modules on
navigating personnel challenges and individual coaching on a specific challenge selected
by each participant.
Supplementing the residential programming, the members of the Class of 2010-2011
participated in three Webinars during the Spring 2011.
1. “Becoming an APA Leader”
Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, APA Board of Directors, LIWP Executive Committee
Member, and Nancy Moore, PhD, APA Governance Office Executive Director, led
this discussion on the structure, processes, and strategies of APA's governing bodies.
2. “Having Difficult Conversations”
Mary Casey Jacobs, PhD, LIWP Executive Committee Member, and Professor of
Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
Affairs, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, led this webinar, which
offered a discussion on the inevitability of difficult conversations for leaders and the
challenges and opportunities these conversations present.
3. “Ethics from the Leader Perspective”
Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, led this Webinar which outlined ethical
issues and provided principles and practices that emphasize prevention and decision-
The APA LIWP was featured in an article published in the May 2011 issue of the APA
Monitor. In “Expanding opportunities for women’s leadership,” journalist Tori deAngelis
writes that the “2011 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology is giving psychology
practitioners and consultants tools to become effective leaders in their businesses,
communities, government, and in the field.”
Class of 2011-2012: In January 2011, the Women’s Programs Office (WPO) released the
Call for Applications for the 4th annual APA CWP Leadership Institute for Women in
Psychology (LIWP). After three successful years, the LIWP has expanded to include
mid-career women psychologists who work in academic, academic medical, clinical, or
consulting settings. The Class of 2011-2012 includes 43 mid-career women
psychologists from all over the United States. Please visit
http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/leadership/index.aspx to see the names of the
members of the 2011-2012 class and the expanded LIWP Faculty, and also to review the
4th APA LIWP Agenda.
The 2011-2012 APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) was
extended to include a third day and convened on August 1-3, 2011, in Washington, DC.
The 4th APA LIWP began with an evening reception at APA Headquarters, which served
as the perfect venue for APA LIWP participants and faculty to get to know each other via
45-second remarks during which each person introduced herself and named one
inspirational woman (public or private figure). The 4th APA LIWP curriculum consisted
of interactive modules on leadership models, career goal-setting and planning,
negotiation skills, mentoring networks, and work-life integration. This year’s LIWP
luncheon program featured Dr. Dorothy W. Cantor, President of the American
Psychological Foundation (APF) and APA LIWP Clinical and Consulting faculty
member. Her remarks were entitled “Navigating the Journey to Being Powerful.”
Bimonthly Webinars, during which noted psychologists present on issues regarding
leadership scholarship and research, education, and development, will follow the August
meeting. In addition, participants are encouraged to meet via telephone in small groups
and as needed with LIWP faculty to discuss issues they are currently facing. The 4th
APA LIWP also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2012
where participants revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and
budgetary management seminar.
APF LIWP Fund: WPO staff also organized an August 4, 2011 fundraising breakfast
hosted by the APA LIWP Executive Committee and the American Psychological
Foundation (APF) LIWP Fund at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Her
Excellency Dr. Paulette Bethel, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations, addressed the audience on gender
equality and the empowerment of women. The event netted approximately $5,000 which
will be contributed to the APF LIWP Fund. The APF LIWP Fund was established in
January 2011 to support the APA LIWP and to provide scholarships for a select number
of participants who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities.
Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities,
sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), Gallaudet University, and
the Howard University Women’s Health Institute, was held in Washington, DC on
October 17-18, 2011 to bring much-needed attention to the often-ignored problems
women with disabilities face when navigating the current health care system.
According to the 2000 Census, approximately 26 million women in the US have
disabilities, and more than 50% of women older than 65 report living with a disability.
Women have a higher rate of disability than men generally, partly due to their higher
average longevity. According to the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities,
disabled women are significantly more likely than women without disabilities to have
limited access to health care, increased prevalence of secondary complications, and
diminished quality of life.
With this information in hand, APA’s Women’s Programs Office (WPO) and Office on
Disability Issues in Psychology (ODIP) secured a contract from the US Department of
Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to plan a conference.
Recognizing the good work already underway to address strategies for promoting health
and wellness of women with disabilities, staff from WPO and ODIP convened a planning
committee* (including SPW Executive Committee member Dr. Karen F. Wyche)
developed plans for the interdisciplinary Inequity to Equity Conference. The conference
goals included: To educate psychologists and other health care providers on the major
barriers to health care confronting women with disabilities, and to strengthen the capacity
of psychological and health services professionals to provide informed and appropriate
health care to women with disabilities.
Dr. Suzanne Bennett Johnson, APA President-elect, opened the Inequity to Equity
Conference with a welcome from the APA and framed the conference goals and
objectives. Dr. Isaac Agboola, Dean of the Gallaudet University College of Liberal Arts,
Sciences, and Technologies, and Dr. Celia J. Maxwell, Assistant Vice President for
Health Sciences, and Director, Howard University College of Medicine Women’s Health
Institute, also brought greetings from their respective institutions.
To accomplish the major goal of the meeting, to develop recommendations for future
research, practice, education and policy to positively influence the lives of women with
disabilities, the Inequity to Equity Conference included a full schedule of thought-
provoking symposia, platform presentations and posters that launched the process of
drafting the agenda that can guide our work over the next five years. Approximately 150
conference attendees—psychologists, other health care providers, researchers, educators,
policymakers, women and girls with disabilities, and advocates—engaged in vigorous
dialogue aimed at developing an integrated health care agenda that will improve health
outcomes for women with disabilities.
In addition to paper sessions, the conference featured invited addresses given by: The
Honorable Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment
Policy who spoke on the joys of work and its importance to one’s health; Dr. Marsha
Saxton, faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Disability Studies Program and
the World Institute on Disability, shared her perspective on translating research on
women with disabilities into practice; and Dr. Linda R. Mona, Director of Training for
the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, who presented on the intersections of disability,
femininity, and parenting. Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of
the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine and
Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was unable to join
us because of a sudden illness. We hope to bring her remarks to conference attendees in
the near future.
SPW’s support for the conference was recognized in the printed conference program
book (also posted on the WPO conference Web page) and will also be mentioned in an
article in the January 2012 issue of APA Monitor.
Moving forward the Inequity to Equity Conference Planning Committee will distill the
ideas generated during the conference to produce concrete recommendations on
improving how individuals who deliver and facilitate the delivery of health care services
(both physical and mental health) to women with disabilities respond appropriately and
effectively. Please check the Inequity to Equity Conference Web page for updates on the
research agenda and other project developments.
For more information about the conference, to see the names of the members of the
planning committee, or to view the conference program, please visit
*Note: WPO would like to acknowledge Renee Royak-Schaler, PhD, of the University of
Maryland School of Medicine, who died on May 22, 2011. Dr. Royak-Schaler was a
member of the Inequity to Equity Conference Planning Committee and an important
contributor to this conference. Her multidisciplinary research focused on disparities
across the continuum of cancer care, including the psychosocial and behavioral factors
associated with the early detection, prevention, and survivorship care practices of
minority populations. Her vision and her dedication to improving the health and well-
being of others will remain a constant source of inspiration.
The Women with Disabilities in STEM Education (WWDSE) Research Agenda
The WPO was recently awarded a one-year grant from the National Science Foundation
to support the Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Research Agenda
Development Project (WWDSE). The anticipated goal of the WWDSE is to establish a
five-year research agenda to identify barriers and promote successful outcomes for
women with disabilities in STEM education. Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen serves as the
project's Principal Investigator. The WWDSE Organizing Committee includes Dr. M.
Delores Cimini (APA CDIP member), University of Albany, SUNY; Dr. Patrick
Corrigan, Illinois Institute of Technology; Dr. Lorraine Fleming, Howard University; Dr.
Catherine Hill, AAUW; Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen, APA; and Dr. Donna L. Powless,
College of Menominee; To learn more, please visit,
Trafficking of Women and Girls
In October 2010, the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
(BAPPI) approved a request from CWP to establish an APA Task Force on Trafficking of
Women and Girls. The Task Force will review the state of the literature of theory,
research, and practice relevant to the trafficking of women and girls. This review will
include definitions, prevalence, nature, psychological, physical, and social effects,
prevention, identification, intervention, and recommendations for future research,
training, practice, and policy. The Task Force will produce a report summarizing its
BAPPI reviewed over 70 nominations and appointed the following 10 members to the
Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls: Mary C. Burke, PhD; Michelle
Contreras, MA; Rita Chi-Ying Chung, PhD; Melissa Farley, PhD; Deborah L. Hume,
PhD; James O. Finkenhauer, PhD; Terri D. Patterson, PhD; Alexandra S. Pierce, PhD;
and Marsha B. Liss, PhD, JD. Dr. Nancy Sidun, currently chair of CWP, will also serve
as chair of the task force. Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen and Ms. Tanya Burrwell will serve as
staff liaisons to the task force.
The Task Force will hold its first meeting December 2-4, 2011 at APA headquarters in
Post-Partum Depression Consumer Brochure
WPO has disseminated nearly 5,000 PPD consumer brochures, in response to requests
from a variety of providers and organizations ranging from social work graduate students
and clinical psychologists who own private practices to small direct service support
centers and emergency triage centers across the United States. English, Spanish,
Simplified Chinese, and French are available at
has distributed these well-received brochures to multiple venues. Most recently, we
received a call from La Clinica de Pueblo, a local clinic that “provides culturally
appropriate services to persons in the Latino community regardless of their ability to
pay,” asking for 100 copies of the Spanish PPD brochure. WPO is very appreciative of
the substantive comments we received from SPW members during the creation and the
trans-creation process for each of brochures.
WPO, CWP, and Center for Workforce Studies (CWS) staff continued to discuss options
for data collection and the future of the governance survey, which collects data on the
level of representation of women, ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender individuals and individuals with disabilities serving on and running for office
in APA governance.
Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls was released February
2007. WPO worked with a consultant to complete the draft curriculum for teachers to
address issues discussed in the report. CWP is currently reviewing the draft curriculum.
WPO continues to work to secure external funding to promote the report further. The
report is available at http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/sexualization.html.
In April 2011, "What Girls Can Do" won the 2011 American Inhouse Design Award
from Graphic Design USA. WPO in collaboration with Girls, Inc. created this adolescent-
friendly tip sheet based on the Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of
Girls. The postcard is a consumer education and empowerment resource tool for
adolescent girls to use to combat sexualized images in the media and is available online
Now in its third printing, WPO has distributed thousands of copies of the report in the US
and around the world. We have also distributed hundreds of the Girls Tip Card.
Dr. Miles-Cohen was interviewed for a news story on sexualization of girls that was
broadcast in May on local Washington, DC News station WUSA. To see excerpts from
the broadcast, please follow these links to “Products Send Young Girls Evocative
Messages,” http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=951015200001 and “How
Parents Can Combat Images And Products That Push Girls To Grow Up Too Soon,”
Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion
The Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion was received by the APA
Council of Representatives in August 2008. Staff continued to work with PI-GRO and
the Public and Member Communications Office to disseminate the report and the
December 2009 American Psychologist article via the WPO Web site, in hardcopy at
meetings/conferences/seminars. Additionally, copies of the Executive Summary were
mailed to women’s health and other related organizations with a focus on women’s
issues. Hard copies of the Executive Summary are available upon request. The full text of
the report is located at http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo.
Additionally, WPO and PI-GRO, with feedback from the Task Force members, created a
one-page fact sheet for advocacy purposes.
WPO staff continues to write and disseminate Women's Psych-E, a free quarterly
electronic newsletter that focuses on psychological aspects of women's health and well-
being, research initiatives and opportunities for psychologists, announcements about
meetings and conferences, WPO and the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP)
news, and general information about women and psychology.
(To subscribe, send an email to the editor, Ms. Kari Hill at Khill@apa.org.) Recent
issues are available at: http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/wpopsyche.html.
Women in the American Psychological Association
WPO has begun preparing the 2011 edition of Women in the American Psychological
Association, which provides data on the numbers of women participating as members and
serving in leadership roles in APA, including in divisions; in state associations; on the
boards and committees that make up APA’s governance structure; in the publications
process as editors, associate editors and reviewers; and in APA’s central office. The
2011 edition will provide data in a more user friendly format and will include
downloadable fact sheets. Three fact sheets (Division Officers, APA Presidents, and
Board and Council Representation) should be available on the WPO Web page in
Intimate Partner Violence
WPO staff is working with members of CWP to develop a consumer-friendly brochure
and/or factsheet highlighting the mental health consequences of intimate partner violence
including information on prevalence, screening/recognizing the signs, and local and
2011 APA Convention Events
WPO provided staff support for the following APA Convention events in Washington,
4th Annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
Monday, August 1- Wednesday, August 3
Chair: Helen Coons, PhD, ABPP
APF LIWP Breakfast
Thursday, August 4
Chair: Helen Coons, PhD, ABPP
How We Did It: Discussions with Women APA Journal Editors
Friday, August 5
Chair: Joan Chrisler, PhD
Symposium: Sexual Oppression of Women – Social Science and Justice Perspectives
Friday, August 5
Chair: Nancy Sidun, PsyD, ABPP, ATR
Symposium: Microaggressions and Social Identities – Race, Gender, Sexual
Orientation, and Disability
Friday, August 5
Chair: Kathy McCloskey, PhD, PsyD, ABPP
CWP Network Breakfast
Saturday, August 6
Chair: Cynthia de las Fuentes, PhD
Research and Training Funding
Saturday, August 6
Chair: Charlene LaFauve, PhD
Division 35 Social Hour/Awards Ceremony – Presentation of the CWP Leadership
Saturday, August 6
Memberships in Organizations/Coalitions: The WPO is a member of the following
organizations and coalitions:
Association for Women in Psychology
International Leadership Association
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
National Council for Research on Women
National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education
Media: WPO staff was interviewed for news stories related to women’s leadership and
sexualized images of women and girls in the media.
APA Monitor – “Expanding opportunities for women’s leadership,” May 2011
by Tori de Angelis
Evening Exchange—WHUT Channel 32 (Local DC TV)—“Black women and
WUSA Channel 9 (Local DC TV)-- Products Send Young Girls Evocative
Messages,” and “How Parents Can Combat Images And Products That Push
Girls To Grow Up Too Soon”
ABC News Nightline.com—“10-Year-Old Model's Grown-Up Look: High Fashion or
High Risk,” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_MindBodyResource/10-year-
Selected Meetings/Briefings attended by WPO Staff:
1) Congressional Briefing on Women and the Arab Spring, Ms. Gloria Mejia
2) White House Women’s Briefing Series–Women and the Economy, Ms. Kari Hill
3) The Wage Gap, Ms. Gloria Mejia
NAL.pdf?docID=4281). Sponsored by Women’s Policy Inc.
4) IWP Roundtable on Women & the Economy, Ms. Kari Hill & Gloria Mejia.
Sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
5) Addressing Violence Against Women, Ms. Gloria Mejia. Sponsored by the Young
Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
6) Breaking the Shackles: A Forum on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking,
Ms. Tanya Burrwell. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Mu
Omega Chapter (http://www.rhomuomega.org/)
7) The Fight Against International Human Trafficking: How Evaluation Research
Can Help, Ms. Tanya Burrwell (http://www.urban.org/events/Human-
Trafficking.cfm). Sponsored by the Urban Institute
8) 55th Annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Access and
participation of women and girls in education, training and science and
technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full
employment and decent work, Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen
9) Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities, Dr. Shari
Miles-Cohen, Sponsored by The American University College of Law
10) Building A Pipeline to Women’s Leadership. Sponsored by the National Council
for Research on Women, Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen
11) Advocacy against Sexualization Summit, Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen, Sponsored by
12) Unification through diversity: Bridging Psychological Science and Practice in
the Public Interest. http://multiculturalsummit.org/) Sponsored by the 2011
National Multicultural Conference & Summit. Ms. Tanya Burrwell.
13) Generating Feminisms. Sponsored by the Association for Women in Psychology,
Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen
International Linkages: WPO hosted Ms. Blerta Sulhasi, a National Albanian American
Council (NAAC) Hope Fellow, in her visit to American Psychological Association. The
NAAC Hope Fellowship Program brings women leaders from Kosovo, Balkans to the
United States for a period of six weeks for leadership trainings, presentations, and U.S.
professional interactions related to their particular sector of Kosovo society. In addition
to sharing with Ms. Sulhasi information about WPO projects and discussing the status of
women psychologists in the U.S., WPO staff arranged meetings with members of APA
staff in different directorates of the organization including Education, Public Interest,
Public and Member Communications, Practice, and the Executive Office. Her colleague,
Ms. Adelina Nura visited with the WPO on Thursday, November 11. Ms. Sulhasi, a high
school psychology teacher from Kosovo, hopes to start a national psychological
association in her homeland. We wish her the best luck with her endeavors.
C. General rationale for any actions and recommendations
The WPO would like to extend a very special thank you the Society for the Psychology
of Women for its continued funding and long-standing support of the Leadership
Institute for Women in Psychology, its generous support for the Inequity to Equity
Conference, and for its ongoing support of all WPO activities.
Respectfully submitted November 23, 2011 by Shari E. Miles-Cohen, PhD and Ms.
Tanya L. Burrwell