Message from the President:
July 01, 2020

Dear Members of LPA

First and foremost, I want to thank you for trusting me to lead LPA for the next year.  I do not take this responsibility lightly, and I commit to doing my very best to serve this role.  

As we begin this unprecedented year, I am struck by challenges we face in so many areas, including social justice, racial inequity, and public health information and practices.  As an integral part of healthcare and the authority in stress management, psychology has an important place and obligation to meaningfully contribute to these conversations.   I am hopeful that we can help lead the way for our profession and the communities we serve.

As many of you know, I have a personal passion for the legislative work of LPA.  Over the last few years, I have worked hard to bring psychological science to Louisiana policy, and to maintain the practice of psychology as a unique expertise in healthcare.  But in my new role as president, it is incumbent on me to consider the broader roles of LPA for our community of psychologists in all areas of specialty (research, academic, health service, I/O) and for the public we serve.  To that end, I will work with our executive council toward building a stronger LPA identity, improving our communication with members, and continuing to ensure that the actions of the leadership are consistent with the goals of the members.

LPA relies on the work of its volunteer psychologists.  I would ask that if you have the time and energy, please consider serving  on one of our committees that matches your interests.  This year, we have a particular need for volunteers on the public affairs committee (responsible for LPA’s and psychology’s public image through messaging and branding),  the membership committee, and the diversity committee.  If you are interested in joining these committees please let me know, or contact committee chairs directly (public affairs chair: Dr. Courtland Chaney;  membership chair: Dr. Randy Lemoine; Diversity chair: Dr. Stephanie Grant).

 Throughout the year, I invite you to reach out to me directly.  I am happy to hear ideas, concerns, or to connect our members with meaningful opportunities to engage.  Thank you again, and I look forward to a great year together.