Nominations and Elections

Society of Clinical Psychology
Division 12
2020 Election Ballot
Slate of Candidates

We would like to introduce our 2020 Slate for the 2020 Division Elections. Voting Members, those who are fellows and/or Full Members of Division 12 and APA are eligible to vote beginning April 23. The election will run through June 6, 2020. You should have received an email “2020 Division and SPTA Election” with information on voting. If you have any issues, please contact Garnett Coad at

Please see all Candidate Statements below. These will also be viewable on the Division 12 website and with APA.

Names appear in alphabetical order for each position.

President-Elect: 1 Candidate and Write-In
Kalyani Gopal, Ph.D., HSPP.

As an officer at different levels of local, national and international associations/organizations, I have had a span of 25+ years of experience in advancing the role of clinical psychologists. I am passionate about representing psychologists and have been a Section IV Representative (clinical psychology for women). I ask for your vote only because believe I can bring certain strengths to the table. Psychologists are experts. My offering is that we get a seat at every table that we wish to be at from the Pentagon where I was in January to the White House this month to witness the signing of critical legislation for victims of human trafficking. Those have been my strengths as a being grassroots clinically driven psychologist working with public health issues helps advance clinical psychologists’ advocacy . In addition, conference programming and team collaboration are strengths I can bring to the table with leading programming for APA, Div. 12, Section 4 for 10 years and the entire 4-day, 5-track conference programming for my nonprofit: SAFE 2014 (Chicago), SAFE 2016 (DC/VA), SAFE 2018 (Chicago), and SAFE 2019 (Chicago) raising the number of countries participating from 10 in 2014, to 73 in 2018.

Treasurer: 1 Candidate and Write-In
Paul A. Arbisi, Ph.D., ABAP, ABPP, L.P.

I am a Staff Psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. I identify as a Boulder Model Clinical Psychologist and pride myself in maintaining an active balance between providing direct clinical services, training, and research. Over the past decade, I have gained experience in APA governance by serving as President of Section 9 of Division 12 and for 7 years as the Section 9 representative to the SCP Board. While section 9 representative to SCP Board, I served on the Education and Training Committee and on the Committee on Finance. Working with the Treasurer of SCP as a member of the Finance Committee, I have gained familiarity with SCP’s budgeting process and the management strategy for the SCP investment portfolio. Currently I serve on the Board of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) and am in my second three-year term as Treasurer of SPA. In my capacity as SPA Treasurer I serve on the finance committee and work with the Executive Director and Administrative Director to develop a yearly budget for the organization. Additionally, I participate in decisions regarding management of SPA’s investment portfolio in order to fund special projects and Board directed initiatives. Consequently, I am confident I will bring the necessary skill set and breadth of experience to the role of Treasurer for the Society of Clinical Psychology and will serve as an effect financial steward to support SCP’s mission.

Council Representative Election will be conducted later in the year.