Early Career Professionals Council

The mission of the Early Career Professionals Council (ECPC) is to promote and enhance the involvement of early career psychologists  by providing a defined voice and presence within SfHP.

The Early Career Professionals Council (ECPC) is comprised of Early Career Psychologists: anyone who has received their terminal degree, and is within 10 years of having received their terminal degree.

We accomplish our mission by promoting professional development, advocating for the needs and interests of early career psychologists, and participating in the Society’s Councils and Committees.

We encourage you to meet your colleagues and participate by joining our listserv. If you are interested in becoming involved as a council member, please contact the ECPC Chair.


Learn More about ECPC

Download our most recent effort, an informative handout on making connections: How to Thrive when Professionally Isolated in Interdisciplinary Health Systems (SfHP Making Connections PDF)

We invite you to browse ECPC News to acquaint yourself with our activities. You can also read more about  the current council members. The ECPC Resource page includes links to other organizations and resources that may be relevant to SfHP ECPC.

The SfHP Early Career Podcast, hosted by Andrea Bradford, Ph.D., focuses on issues of interest to early career health psychologists. Episodes feature commentary and interviews with psychologists on a variety of topics. Episodes of the podcast will appear on this page.

Do you have a question for the Early Career Professional Council? Please send an email to: apadiv38@verizon.net to request more information. 

History of ECPC

According to an APA Early Career Psychologist Survey, early career professionals (ECPCs) expressed concerns regarding a number of issues, including how to prepare for tenure; set up practice; secure extramural funding; balance demands of work and a young family; balance multiple job roles; and address significant debt.

In late 2010, the Society for Health Psychology Board of Directors set up an Early Career Professionals Council (ECPC) “to promote and enhance the involvement of early career psychologists by providing a defined voice and presence within Division affairs.”

The Council is composed of ECP members (anyone who has received their terminal degree, and is within 10 years of having received their terminal degree. Council members work to promote the contributions and concerns of ECPCs in Society matters by (1) participation on relevant SfHP Councils and Committees and (2) promotion of training and professional development through programming at the Annual Meeting and other venues.

Early Career Professionals Survey (2011)

  • In the spring of 2011, we surveyed the ECPCs among SfHP membership to determine the needs of ECPCs in health psychology. You can access the results of the survey by clicking SurveyResults.


Joshua F. Wiley, PhD

Chair Vice-Chair, Health Research Council

Joshua Eyer, PhD

Health Psych Connections Program, ECPC Member, Health Policy Council Secretary University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing

Paul Korte, PhD

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital Health Policy Council Early Career Professional Council Representative

Sara Edmond, PhD

ECPC Liaison to Education and Training Council

Alexandra Gee, PsyD

University of Cincinnati Member

Christina Shook, PsyD

Geisinger Member

Courtney Barry, PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin Member

Erin Tooley, PhD

Roger Williams University Member

Golzar Koulkan, PhD

Midwestern University Member

Marcus Alt, PhD

University of Kansas Medical Center Member

Sabrina Esbitt, PhD

Montefiore Health System Member

Annie Bradford, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine Member

Dawn Jewell, PsyD

Private Practice in Northern Colorado SfHP Web Editor-in-Chief, ECPC Member

Grant Heller, PhD

Genesys Health System/Michigan State University ECPC

Jessica McClintock, PhD

Loma Linda University, Department of Family Medicine Member & Liaison to Diversity Council

Julie Radico, PsyD

ECPC Member Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Krista Ranby, PhD

ECP Associate Chair Health Psych Connections Program, ECPC Member University of Colorado, Denver

Kristin Schneider, PhD

Social Media Committee Chair, ECPC Member Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Kristine Diaz, PsyD

ECPC Member Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Marissa Alert, PhD

Student Council Liaison to ECPC

Nancy, Beckman, PhD

ECPC Teleconference Series, ECPC Member University of Chicago

Roseanne Illes, PhD

ECPC Symposium Leader, ECPC Member Genesys Health System

Sylvia Malcore, PhD

ECPC Member Michigan State University

Tom Burroughs, PHD

Membership Committee, ECPC Member Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Zina Trost, Phd

International Committee, ECPC Member

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