Winter Board Meeting in Boston

The Division 12 Board came together for a very productive meeting in a very snowy Boston on Feb 7-8. Much was discussed, including a number of exciting initiatives for Division 12.

Among the activities this weekend was the changing of the guard. Dr. David Tolin, now Past President, received recognition for his great accomplishments this past year, which included active involvement in creating a number of new resources for Division 12 members (e.g., Clinician’s Directory, Assessment Repository) and beginning the overhaul of the Psychological Treatments site. Dr. Tolin will continue to be very involved in Division 12. Dr. Tolin is the founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine where he has clinical and research interests relating to cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders across the lifespan, with specific interests in hoarding, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders, as well as the interaction between psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy and cognitive processes that underlie anxiety disorders.

Dr. Terry Keane, current President of Division 12, has hit the ground running and is bound to make 2015 a year of growth for the Division. Dr. Keane is Professor and Vice Chairman in Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical psychology at Boston University and is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’s Behavioral Science Division. In 2014 Dr. Keane was awarded an APA Presidential Citation for his lifelong commitment to helping our nation’s veterans. We are very fortunate that Dr. Keane will be making Division 12 a particular priority of his this year.

Finally, we said farewell to Lynn Peterson, who has managed our central office for 20 years. Lynn has made enormous contributions to the Division and will be missed greatly. We welcome Lynn’s replacement, Tara Craighead, who has quickly assumed responsibilities and helped to make the Winter Board Meeting a success.