Message from the President:
July 1, 2022

Dear Members of LPA

As a long-time member of LPA, sometimes a “paying only” member and other times involved as a member (and Chair) of the Conference/Continuing Education committee and as a member of the Executive Council, I have witnessed our organization change, expand, contract, regroup, and grow in supporting our mission and membership. I have always been impressed by the commitment and care so many members dedicate to LPA. It is an honor to serve as President of LPA for the 2022-2023 term.

Given the challenging social problems affecting all of us, our clients, and our communities, there is no better time for LPA to be a strong and vibrant organization. As a member-driven organization, we need members who want to participate and help shape our organization’s important priorities and endeavors. In the coming year, we will continue to emphasize growing and diversifying LPA’s membership so that it truly represents the professional roles and specialties, career status, regions of the state, and demographics-and contributions -of Louisiana psychologists.

Effective communication is essential to generate member engagement. Whether through the updated website, a respectful and active listserv, continuing professional development offerings and updates of LPA activities, or direct contact, it is important that members have ready support, resources, and information. I will collaborate with the Executive Council to ensure accessibility, openness, and responsiveness to LPA members.

Professional excellence, a hallmark of our field, includes using evidence and science to inform decisions and actions. There is not always agreement on what is excellent, and excellence is not always achieved, but I believe we all share a commitment to excellence. LPA has benefitted from thoughtful, informed, and responsive leaders. I will do my best to continue that tradition and to support LPA’s ongoing development as an excellent professional organization.

 Please reach out to me or to anyone on the Executive Council if you have questions, comments, or concerns you want to share. Together, we remain a strong and dynamic organization for psychology.

         Paula Zeanah, Ph.D.