SfHP Election of Officers


 SfHP Election of Officers

The 2017 SfHP Election of Officers will take place from April 17-May 31

Current SfHP Full and Fellow members are eligible to vote (affiliates and students are ineligible to vote).  Ballots will be issued electronically through the APA Elections Office.  

Eligible members who do not receive ballots by May 1 should contact the APA Elections Office directly:

*Special thanks to the 2017 Nominations and Elections Committee, chaired by Bonnie Spring, PhD, for their efforts in assembling the slate of candidates.


Below are your SfHP candidates and statements: 




Mark A. Lumley, PhD

For the past six years, I have had the pleasure of serving the SfHP as Treasurer, providing fiscal oversight of society business, and advocating to use our funds to support member-initiated programs that advance our science, practice, teaching, and advocacy. With this experience and my professional work in treatment development and mentoring, I feel that I am well positioned to serve SfHP’s broad membership as an effective President. I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Wayne State University (Detroit), Director of its Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, and licensed psychologist. I have an NIH-funded research program that develops and tests emotion-focused interventions targeting unresolved stress and conflict in patients with centralized chronic pain disorders. I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and on the editorial board of Health Psychology. I greatly value training and have mentored 38 Ph.D. recipients. As one who studies “disclosure,” I’ll share that I am married, have 4 young adult sons, manage a men’s soccer team (score rarely, but get injured often), and sing and teach at a social justice-focused Methodist church.

As your President, I hope to encourage health psychologists to expand the boundaries of research, teaching, and practice into new niches, populations, and approaches. I also will focus on engaging, retaining, and advancing into leadership positions our students, early career professionals, and underrepresented members. Finally, I look forward to collaborating with our many members who know the possibilities and challenges of clinical practice better than I.

Nancy B. Ruddy, PhD

Thank you for this nomination and the opportunity to work on your behalf. I bring a diverse and unusual background in practice, scholarship, marketing and policy. I have worked in varied settings, from academic health centers and community hospitals to private practice, and even advertising. Before finding my “home” as a health psychologist in primary care, I trained in clinical child and family psychology and remain connected to those communities. Each experience imbued skills critical for a President-Elect, including the need to communicate clearly and “market” evidence based health psychology.

I have served as a CoA Commissioner, Interdivisional Health Commission representative, Co-chair of the Integrated Primary Care SIG and on multiple task forces. I have pushed forward the development and dissemination of Integrated Primary Care training resources. My peer recognition includes the Timothy Jeffrey Award for Contributions to Health Psychology, Division 38 Fellow status and an APA Presidential Citation. A long-term Society member, I know from the inside that our strength is our membership; I will seek member input on currently unmet needs, and ensure current and prospective members recognize, access and utilize Society membership benefits.

We know health psychologists are part of the solution to our healthcare woes. I will work collaboratively to ensure critical decision makers understand this, too. I look forward to using my experience and expertise to ensure that health psychologists can serve a central role in improving a healthcare system that desperately needs us.


Barbara A. Cubic, PhD

I am honored to be nominated for Treasurer for the Society of Health Psychology. I have been a faculty member at the Eastern Virginia Medical School within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (with a joint appointment in Family and Community Medicine) since 1992. My service to the division has included being our representative on the 2012 APA Inter-Organizational Work Group on Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care and being a core committee member for the Integrated Primary Care Curriculum Committee over the last four years.

I have considerable experience serving APA and other psychology organizations in Board positions. I have been the Secretary and President for the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers and am currently a CFAS representative to the AAMC. I recently completed a four year term on the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs. And, perhaps most germane to the current position within the Society of Health Psychology, I served as Treasurer for the Society of Clinical Psychology for three years.

My experience has taught me the importance of being financially prudent while open to funding important and innovative activities of an organization. Health psychology can and should be at the forefront of health care and health care reform and this should be part of our division’s mission. Our discipline has an enormous amount to offer. As Treasurer I will work diligently to insure that we are able to meet this mission. I look forward to serving the division if elected.

Ted Robles, PhD

Thanks for considering me as Treasurer for the Society for Health Psychology. I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA in the Health area. For the past 10 years, with funding from NIH and the William T. Grant Foundation, my research has focused on understanding the biological mechanisms that link high (and low) quality marital and family relationships to health across the lifespan. For the past two years, I have been serving as Director of the University of California Intercampus Consortium on Health Psychology, which is supported by a 3-year grant from the University of California to promote collaborations across the 10-campus UC system related to resilience and health through providing seed grant funding and holding annual conferences.

I served SfHP as website co-editor along with Kim Dixon from 2008 – 2010, and then Austin Baldwin from 2010 – 2012; together we ushered the site through major facelifts and changes in functionality, and helped the Society into the Social Media era. I was also involved in the Long-Term Planning process in 2009 and have seen how long-term goals get translated into yearly action plans and initiatives. I was also the Program Chair for the 2013 Convention in Honolulu. As Treasurer, I will commit to providing conscientious oversight and timely reporting of the Society’s finances and investments, and look forward to working with the membership to support the Society’s efforts to move health psychology research, practice, teaching, and advocacy forward.


Travis I. Lovejoy, PhD

I am honored to be nominated to serve as Member-at-Large for the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP). I am a clinician-scientist at the VA Portland Health Care System and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University. In my clinical role, I provide health behavior interventions to patients in a substance use disorder treatment program. My research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions that improve quality of life in patients with comorbid medical, mental health, and substance use disorders. For more information about my background and professional activities, please visit

I have served SfHP in several capacities, most recently completing in 2016 a 3-year term as Chair of the Early Career Psychologists Council (ECPC) and as a member of the SfHP Long-Range Planning Task Force.

In my role as ECPC Chair, I had the opportunity to serve on the SfHP Executive Committee and became very familiar with the roles and responsibilities of Members-at-Large.

If elected to the Member-at-Large position, I will continue the exceptional work of outgoing Member-at-Large, Dr. Zeeshan Butt, and oversee the SfHP professional networking program—Health Psych Connections. I will also work closely with SfHP members and leadership to carry out the SfHP long-range plan. Specific plan elements I will champion include (1) outreach to the greater psychology community, allied health professions, and public about the contributions of health psychology to practice and policy and (2) expanding SfHP member services and offerings.

John M. Ruiz, PhD

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you as a Division 38 Member-at-Large.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona where I serve as Director of the Health Psychology Doctoral Training Track and lead diversity efforts in the department, college, and university. My program of research examines how our social lives impact our health with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanism. I also have expertise in sociocultural aspects of racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly Hispanic/Latino health.

My strong ties and commitment to Division 38/Society for Health Psychology span nearly two decades beginning with service on the student council in 1999, chairing the council (2000), serving on the Health Disparities Committee (2006-2014), and chairing the Committee for 5 years (2009-2014). Following nomination by the Division, I served on APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) from 2013-2015, including chairing CSES in 2015. Over my career I’ve helped to strengthen ties with other divisions, develop programming, facilitated scientific and public dissemination, and worked to elevate the Division within the APA stratum. I’ve also served the Division through the journal as a reviewer, editorial board member, and as co-guest editor of the April, 2016 Special Issue on Cardiovascular Health Disparities.

If elected, my overarching goals would be to foster member engagement to identify priorities, to facilitate scientific, professional, and public action, and to build coalitions within APA and across complementary professional societies in pursuit of health equity on your behalf.


Richard J. Seime, PhD, ABPP

I am a proud founding member and Fellow of Division 38. I have been involved with clinical health psychology across multiple domains including education and training, clinical practice, scholarship administration, and professional leadership positions. My career spans nearly 25 years at WVU School of Medicine in Morgantown and 15 years at Mayo Clinic in various Departmental leadership roles. I am an Emeritus Consultant Mayo Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. I represent Clinical Health Psychology on the CoS and coordinated the finalization of the E & T taxonomy by the Council of Clinical Health Training Programs  I served 5 years on CoA including 2 years as Chair. Other professional leadership has included: former president West Virginia Psychological Association, past Secretary WV Board of Examiners of Psychologists, former president Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and Past president of American Board of Clinical Health Psychology. I bring a broad knowledge and perspective about issues facing psychology in the 21st century, especially in the areas of health service psychology, integrated care, and specialty care. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Council of Representatives as an advocate and collaborative voice for SfHP and its members. This is an “interesting time” (Norwegian heritage way of saying we are experiencing major challenges) and I look to our talented leadership and members to take the lead in finding solutions.

Steven M. Tovian, Ph.D., ABPP

As a Fellow of Division 38, I would be honored to serve as your Representative on APA Council.

I would ensure health psychology has a strong voice on Council given both the scientific and practice issues that Council addresses in developing APA policy. I am completing my second elected term on APA’s Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology and remain very familiar with how APA’s governance system functions and how to move our Division’s agenda forward in APA. In Division 38, I have served as Treasurer, co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee, member of the Ethics and Fellows Committees, and have been the recipient of the Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology.   I have knowledge of and substantial experience with integrated care from primary care to tertiary care, and I am thereby able to continue to assist health psychology in being an integral part of healthcare. I have published two textbooks on health psychology, over thirty chapters and journal articles on health psychology in healthcare settings, and remain a senior faculty member of an academic psychology division in a medical school and healthcare setting with APA accredited graduate and internship programs. It is crucial that Division 38 has strong voices advocating for health psychology as a science, a healthcare specialty, and be deeply involved in educating psychology’s next generation. I will be an experienced, strong representative for Division 38 on APA Council. Thank you for your #1 vote.






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