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2017 Election Information

PPA Election Information

PPA's 2017-18 Election Ballot is open from March 8 - April 8, 2017.

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Nicole P. Quinlan, PhD     

Chief of Pediatric Consultation Liaison, Geisinger Health System. PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duke University, 2008.  PPA Position: Professional Psychology Board (chair: 2014 – present); Public Education Committee (chair: 2011-2014); Innovation Task Force.  Additional positions: Curriculum Director, Camp ENERGY, 501c3.

STATEMENT:  Being a psychologist is a privilege.  I feel the same privilege being part of PPA, and am honored and humbled to be nominated for President-elect of this award-winning organization.  As Professional Psychology Board Chair I’ve had the pleasure of working with colleagues in advancing psychology’s role state-wide and nationally, and have learned a great deal about key issues facing us in the process (RxP, integrated care, telehealth). We have seen PPA through an exciting move and in looking forward have been tasked to build upon our solid history with creativity and innovation. We continue to face challenges—both as a professional organization entrusted to serve its members, and as professionals dedicated to serving the public in a changing healthcare landscape. We are stronger together, and for psychology to meet the external challenges I believe we must grow in numbers and member involvement.  To do this, PPA needs to develop innovative ways to engage, support and provide value to members.  Psychology is in every corner of this state, in private and group offices, large integrated organizations, universities, and in business meetings.  We are early career and well-seasoned, politically active and community advocates.  We are all PPA.  And as President-Elect, I look forward to guiding PPA as we navigate this challenge. 

Helena Tuleya-Payne, D.Ed.

Professor, Department of Psychology Millersville University, Coordinator, School Psychology Program, Certified School Psychologist, PA Psychologist

STATEMENT: It is an honor to run for President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), an organization that serves as a cornerstone for many psychologists’ professional development including my own. My exposure to PPA began as a graduate student in the 1970’s when Dr. Joseph French recruited candidates to assist in registration for the annual conferences. I became active in the School Psychology Division in the 1980s and served as President in the early 1990s. When we moved to a board structure, I served as Chair of the School Psychology Board for two terms; I now serve as Chair of the Public Policy Committee.  Additional opportunities include serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. My work with PPA led to involvement with the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation where I served on the board and as present day member of the Education Awards Committee.

These roles and other committee opportunities bring me in constant contact with energetic, knowledgeable psychologists and PPA staff. I have witnessed the critical impact our association has made on legislation and regulations that affect our members, the individuals we directly serve, and the public at large.  I believe we must all be advocates for mental health beyond the clients we serve.  If elected President, I would work to assure continued advocacy for the psychological welfare of the public and in kind, support psychologists in this endeavor.



Beatrice H. Chakraborty, Psy.D.

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2007. Member PPA Budget & Finance and Interpersonal Violence Committees; former PPA Board Chair, Program and Education. Clinical Research Psychologist, Pittsburgh VAPHS; Administrative Officer, ExpertCAD Analytics LLC, medical imaging software services.

STATEMENT: To be nominated as a candidate for Treasurer of PPA is very humbling.  As a member of the Budget & Finance Committee, I have proudly served under two outstanding Treasurers whose personal work ethics and fiscal integrity helped to shape PPA’s current financially strong position. The fiscal climate is still quite challenging and terribly complex. If elected it will be my privilege to build on the positive legacy that I will inherit from my predecessors. Using my organizational skills-set, BOD/committee experience and commitment to transparent financial reporting, I will continue to move PPA forward with the positive energy and technological support of staff and volunteers.


Bradley C. Norford, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, 1991.  Current PPA positions: Treasurer, Board of Directors (past 5 years), Executive Committee. Former PPA leadership positions: PennPsyPAC (17 years, including Chair for 4); Communications Board Chair; Chair of the Committee on Technology Implementation.   Director of Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates since its inception in 2000.

STATEMENT: As PPA’s current Treasurer, I am seeking re-election to a second term in which I would endeavor to continue the fiscal integrity and viability that have long been essential components of PPA’s success. The Treasurer works with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all aspects of financial accountability, including the responsible application of Member dues.  As the director of a successful group practice I have had invaluable experience in bookkeeping, financial planning, budgeting, and taxes.  Financial skills, plus years of personal leadership experience within PPA, offer a solid foundation for advancing our organization’s growth.

Communications Board Chair

Tracie L. Pasold, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Marywood University, 2012 – present; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Toledo, 2006; PA licensed Psychologist since 2014. PPA Activities: Editor, PPA’s quarterly publication, Pennsylvania Psychologist; Chair, PPA Publications Committee.

Interests: assessment/intervention/prevention of issues in children, adolescents, and families; eating disorders; pediatric/health psychology; education/training of undergraduate/graduate students and medical residents/professionals.


STATEMENT: Arriving in PA in 2012 I have been working towards establishing professional connections and being involved in efforts related to psychology. Currently, I am Chair of the Publications Committee and have enjoyed my service in that role.  I am thrilled to have been nominated to run for Communications Board Chair.  The opportunity to serve will further facilitate my efforts to increase my involvement in the state and within the PPA community in particular.  If elected, I will work diligently and alongside colleagues to meet the needs of the membership and promote our profession. 


Adam C. Sedlock, Jr. M.S.

MS California University of PA, 1980. PPA leadership – Rural Health Cord., Disaster Response Network Cord; Past leadership: Chair- Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Chair- Professional Psychology Board, Chair- Internal Affairs Board.  Current and past committees - Convention, Forensic & Criminal Justice, Insurance, Membership, Nominations and Elections, Budget and Finance.  Private Practice, ACS Psychological Associates; Medical Staff UPMC Shadyside Center for Integrated Medicine, UPMC Altoona Hospital, Psychologist- Holistic Healing Center- Nemacolin Woodlands.

STATEMENT: I am honored to be nominated to serve as Communication Board Chair.  I am proud to be involved in an association who is a national leader. Our hard working members and exceptional staff place the needs of members in the forefront.  If elected, I will continue to build upon this framework to meet the needs of our members with state of the art technologies which will support and improve accessibility, responsiveness and efficiency.  

Internal Affairs Board

Marie C. McGrath, Ph.D.

 Professor, Graduate Psychology and Counseling, Immaculata University; private practice. Ph.D., School Psychology, Temple University, 2005. PPA Activities: Current Internal Affairs Board Chair; past School Psychology Board Chair; Member, Professional Development, Electronic Media Coordination, and School Psychology Public Policy Committees; frequent CE/Convention presenter.

STATEMENT: It has been an honor to serve as IAB Chair for the past two years. I have worked with our IAB committees to implement and grow several new organizational outreach and leadership development initiatives, including PPA’s Emerging Leaders Program for students and ECPs, and a Regional Representatives program that will enable PPA’s Membership Committee to create stronger local ties among members. If reelected, I look forward to continuing these efforts, and to collaborating with our committee members and chairs to develop additional initiatives that will further enhance PPA’s diversity, its financial health, and its personal and professional value for members at all career stages.


 Michelle L. Wonders, Psy.D.

Psy.D.,  Immaculata University, 2007; Clinical Director, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Newfoundland, PA, 2010;  PA Licensed Psychologist 2009; Private practice – 2012; Former Adjunct Faculty, Marywood and Immaculata Universities;  PPA Committees:  Awards, Membership, ECP; Colleague Assistance (Chair); Leadership Development, Emerging Leaders Program; Interpersonal Violence Taskforce; Co-chair Leadership Academy 2017; Past Committees: Continuing Education, Technology Implementation Task Force, Member Benefits, ECP Task Force.  CE offerings on ECP issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and presentations on Suicide Prevention and Social Media use in Children.

STATEMENT:  As IAB Chair, I will strive to ensure PPA continues to support psychologists in providing exceptional psychological services to the public through training and collaboration. Mentoring tomorrow’s leaders ensures that needs of psychologists are served and that the organization remains on the forefront. My focus will be on recruitment, engagement, retention and recognition of PPA members to ensure the Association’s fiscal stability and contributions to Psychology.

School Psychology Board

Susan Edgar-Smith, Ph.D.

Ph.D. and M.A., Clinical Developmental Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, Licensed Psychologist and PA Certified School Psychologist; Professor, Co-Chair, Counseling and Psychology Department, School Psychology Co-Degree Director, Eastern University. Over 20 years of experience as a school consultant and outpatient therapist with children, adolescents and families. PPA positions: Chair & member, School Psychology Board. Professional Organizations: APA, ASPP, NASP, and Trainers of School Psychologists.

STATEMENT: As a 7-year School Psychology Board Member and 2-year Board Chair, I have witnessed school psychologists and their student populations benefit from the Board’s strong advocacy efforts and expert legislative practices. I intend to continue these conversations and take action in public policy, facilitate advocacy efforts, and promote support services that strengthen the welfare of students. I also intend to continue the Board’s collaborative work with other professional organizations, school psychology trainers, and practitioners who service students within the schools and private practices.



Richard E. Hall, Ph.D.

Past-President of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP). Delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) – 6 years. 2000 School Psychologist of the Year by ASPP. School Psychology Board of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA).

School psychologist in Eastern Lancaster County School District for 18 years and the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit #13 for 10 years. Adjunct Professor at Millersville University where I teach courses in psychological and applied behavior analysis. I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and Masters of Science degrees in Psychology and Special Education. In addition to my work as a school psychologist, I am a special teacher in both public and private schools, with a concentration in teaching students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.

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