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Emerging Leaders Class of 2017


The Emerging Leaders Team is thrilled to announce the five students and ECPs who were selected to be part of the inaugural year of the PPA Emerging Leaders Program. We received 23 outstanding applications, and it was incredibly difficult to chose only five emerging leaders. The Emerging Leaders Team (part of the PPA Leadership Development Committee, Dr. Cheryll Rothery, Chair) is working to connect each of our applicants to paths of engagement with PPA during the upcoming year.

The Emerging Leaders Team is comprised of Cheryll Rothery, Marie McGrath (Internal Affairs Director), ECP Committee representative Jesse Matthews, PPAGS representative Kylie McColligan-Oleski, and Membership Committee representatives Billie Jean Miller and myself, Mary O'Leary Wiley.

Introducing our PPA Emerging Leaders:

Our five PPA Emerging Leaders are comprised of three ECPs and two doctoral students from across the state of Pennsylvania. They have worked in a variety of settings, both during their training and subsequent to training. They all have leadership experience in other settings, and received very impressive letters of support. They have proposed a variety of Leadership Action Projects, which they will undertake and complete this year and present at PPA Convention 2017. In alphabetical order:


1. Katie Chipman, PhD

Dr. Chipman received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University (Ohio) in August 2011, her masters from Kent State in 2007, and her bachelors from Portland State University (Oregon) in 2005. She did her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training and experience at the Western New York Healthcare System in their PTSD program. A native of Pennsylvania, she moved back to the area in 2014 when she accepted a position with the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center's DuBois Community Based Outpatient Program. Katie chose Developing Public Education Materials as her leadership action project, and she will be working with Dr. Linda Knauss as her mentor.


2. Shannon Deets, PhD

Dr. Deets received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Gannon Univeristy in August 2013, having finished her masters in Community Counseling from Gannon in 2004 and her bachelors in Biology with a minor in Dance and Movement Studies in 2000. She completed her internship and post doc training and supervision with community mental health services, college counseling centers and independent practitioners in the Meadville/Erie area. Shannon worked in independent practice and a variety of other settings as a Licensed Professional Counselor and continues her independent practice part time. She is a full-time Assistant Professor at Thiel College where she teaches  a variety of research and practice related courses to undergraduates. She chose the completion of a Qualitative Study of an Underrepresented Group in Psychology as her leadership action project, and she will be working with Dr. Dianne Salter as her mentor, focusing on underrepresented groups among psychologists.


3. Monika Parikh, PhD

Dr. Parikh received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University (WA) in August 2013, having finished her masters degree in 2009 and her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center in an integrative healthcare setting, and her post doctoral fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry. She has worked since November 2014 at Geisinger's CPSL as an Associate in Pediatric Psychology where she provides clinical services and supervises post doctoral Fellows. Monika chose the completion of a Qualitative Study on an Underrepresented Group in Psychology as her leadership action project, and she will be working with  Dr. Jeanne Slattery as her mentor, focusing on underrepresented populations among those in need of psychological care.


4. Jessica Reinhard, MA

Ms. Reinhard received her bachelors degree from Franklin and Marshall College in 2010 with a major in Biological Bases of Behavior, and is a fourth year student in the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University. Jessica is a graduate assistant at Immaculata and has had clinical training experiences at a variety of community mental health services including Mid Atlantic Behavioral Health and Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked with the College Advising Corps. Jessica chose Student and ECP Membership Recruitment as her leadership action project and she will be working with Dr. Judith Blau as her mentor.


5. Camille St. James, MS

Ms. St. James  is a fourth year student in the PsyD Clinical Psychology program at Chestnut Hill College. She received her masters degree from Chestnut Hill in 2014 and her bachelors degree from Muhlenberg College in 1988. She has served as both an Instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant at Chestnut Hill, and has had clinical training in co-occuring disorders. Camille worked in corporate and non-profit communications and public relations prior to changing careers and beginning graduate school in Psychology. She chose The Design and Implementation of an Educational Campaign to Raise Awareness within Psychology of the Importance of SB 772 (Amending the Professional Psychologists' Practice Act) as her leadership action project. She will be working with Dr. Marie McGrath as her mentor.


Congratulations to each of you. We look forward to a very engaging year!


Mary O'Leary Wiley

for the PPA Emerging Leaders Team

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