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2018 Election Information

PPA Election Information

PPA's 2018-19 Election Ballot is open from March 12- April 10, 2018.

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Patricia J. Fox, Psy.D.
Owner, Dr. Patricia Fox, Clinical Psychologist; Psy.D., Marywood University, 2007; Publications Committee 2007 – Present; Early Career Psychologist Task Force, 2008-09; Early Career Psychologist Committee, 2009–16 (Chair, 2013-14); Governance Task Force, 2014-15; Innovation Committee, 2015-16; Nominations Committee, 2017.
Member of APA; Division 42 – Psychologists in Independent Practice; and, The Financial Therapy Association.
I am grateful to be nominated as a candidate for President-Elect of PPA. I would strive to streamline the organization while maintaining a robust membership that spans multiple generations of psychologists. I would continue initiatives to grow membership and to support PPA’s strong commitment to the business of psychology, including legislative advocacy.
I am an active volunteer with the Scranton Area Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy project, an initiative to “empower and transform the lives of women and girls” in northeast PA. I provide educational programming on financial wellness for women starting small businesses who want to qualify for a micro-loan program and for women at risk for poverty who participate in a matched savings group.
This volunteer work allowed me to get out of the therapy room and bring my experience to bear on challenges experienced by women in my community. PPA is the professional community that allows me to expand my reach and to have a positive impact on others. I will work to ensure that PPA serves as a strong foundation for others who want to affect change in their communities and to integrate APA’s Citizen Psychologist initiative. 

Marie C. McGrath, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Center for Advancement in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning Excellence, Immaculata University; school-based and private practice. Ph.D., School Psychology, Temple University, 2005. PPA: current Internal Affairs Board Chair; past School Psychology Board Chair; member, Emerging Leaders Team, Executive Director Transition Task Force, and multiple committees; frequent CE/Convention presenter.

Statement:  It is a tremendous honor to be nominated for President-Elect of PPA. As a seven-year member of PPA’s Board of Directors, I have worked enthusiastically and effectively with our members and staff to support psychology and psychologists through a variety of advocacy, organizational outreach, and leadership development initiatives. As PPA begins its next chapter with our new Executive Director, I look forward to continuing and expanding on these efforts. As a trainer of future psychologists, I am mindful of the unique challenges faced by those new to the field, and will work to ensure that PPA offerings meet the needs of students and ECPs, as well as our more seasoned members. I will support technological innovations to more effectively connect, and deliver educational and clinical resources to, our members. Finally, I am committed to advocacy and outreach that emphasizes psychology’s critical role within today’s evolving healthcare landscape and that highlights evidence-based solutions to public health and social justice concerns, consistent with our organizational mission.

I am “PPA proud” of the accomplishments and sense of community that characterize our award-winning association, and would be delighted to continue building on these successes as PPA’s President-Elect.



Williametta Bakasa, Psy.D.


Psy.D, MBA -Widener University. Owner, Integrative Psychological & Consulting Services, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Supervising Psychologist and Director of Graduate Psychology Internship Program at Temple University Hospital – Episcopal Campus.


President, Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation; chair, Committee on Multiculturalism; member of multiple PPA committees. Assistant Professor, Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Temple University School of Medicine and; Adjunct Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Member of APA, PPA, and The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists.


Statement: I am incredibly grateful to be nominated for PPA Secretary. As a child growing up in Liberia, West Africa, and surviving a civil war, I never imagined being a part of such an amazing group of professionals. Much like PPA, my humble beginning has given me a deep appreciation for role of psychology. As secretary I will use my tenacity to advocate for and promote psychology statewide, nationally, and internationally. 

Jeanne M. Slattery, PhD

Professor, Clarion University. Private practice (PT). PhD, experimental psychology, Miami University, 1984; Clinical respecialization, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992. PPA activities: Secretary; Executive Committee; Board of Directors; Interpersonal Violence Committee, Chair; Member Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, Ethics Committee, Committee on Multiculturalism; Emerging Leaders Program, Mentor. Research interests: Roles of meaning and spirituality in mental health, teaching of psychology. Books: Counseling diverse clients: Bringing context into therapy; Empathic counseling: Meaning, context, ethics, and skill; Trauma, meaning, and spirituality: Translating research into practice.

STATEMENT. Psychology and psychologists are increasingly in a difficult position. Many feel beleaguered from all sides and increasingly worried and stressed. Nonetheless, what makes PPA strong is that we are a community of people who support each other, who go beyond practicing defensive ethics to meet our profession’s highest aspirations. If elected, I will continue this strength-based approach, supporting all psychologists to keep our profession strong. 


Professional Psychology Board Chair


Brett E. Schur, Ph.D.


Private practice since 1994, with interests in rehabilitation psychology, serious/persistent mental illness, and couples therapy. Chair, PPA Insurance Committee (2017); Member, Electronic Media Coordination Committee. Member, American Psychological Association.


Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve PPA as Professional Psychology Board Chair.  My goals in taking this position are to share a vision of ethics and values in the practice of professional psychology and to pass on accumulated knowledge about the business of psychology practice.  As chair of PPA’s Insurance Committee I have been committed to helping member psychologists understand and navigate the insurance industry and to holding insurance companies to their commitments to their subscribers and providers.  Over the past year, I have been involved in a project to broaden communication between PPA and one particular insurer. I would welcome the opportunity to expand my role in PPA leadership.


Dan Warner Ph.D.


Professional information.

Executive Director, Community Data Roundtable; Graduated: Duquesne University, 2009; Chair of: Medicaid Insurance Committee (2009-2012), Commercial Insurance Committee (2012-2014), Integrated Care Committee (2014 – Present).


Candidate's statement. As the Professional Affairs Board Chair I will continue my ongoing efforts to advance the value of psychological expertise.  Be it in direct clinical work, cutting-edge research, forensic decision making or any arena where we must predict or control the mind and behavior—Psychology has essential knowledge for today’s world.  I have extensive experience representing PPA’s interests with insurance companies, government, and other entities.  In such venues I work to demonstrate the value psychology has to broader goals those entities have, as well as to advance our ability to work independently, and to be remunerated fairly for our labor.  As Board Chair I will work diligently to advance these efforts, and to advance our field. 


Program and Education Board Chair

Molly Cowan, PsyD

Professional Information: Current position: Psychologist in private practice at Upturn, LLC in Camp Hill, PA. Psychology consultant for the PA Bureau of Disability Determination. PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of PA (2010).

Current chairperson of the PPA Ethics Committee, member PennPsyPAC,  Multiculturalism Committee, former co-chair of the Convention Committee.

Statement: I am running for Program and Education Board Chair because I have benefited from the high quality continuing education provided by PPA since I was a student. I want to ensure that PPA continues to provide a broad array of informative, cost-effective professional development opportunities for psychologists across the Commonwealth.

As a former member and co-chairperson of the Convention Committee, I bring valuable leadership experience in professional event planning. I want to explore innovative ways to incorporate technology into PPA’s continuing education opportunities to make workshops even more dynamic and engaging than they already are!

Cathy Petchel, MA

Professional: Baywood Consulting LTD, President; Washington and Jefferson College, Assistant Professor Psychology Department. PPA: Chair, Professional Development Committee; Chair, Campus Sexual Assault/ Title IX of the Interpersonal Violence Committee, PPA Member since 1977. ISBD: International Society for Bipolar Disorders, Global Advocacy Taskforce, Board of Councilors- Executive Committee, Co- Chair Child/Adolescent Forum, Member since 1997.Chair, Mental Health Association of Allegheny County, Masters Clinical Psychology, Edinboro University, 1977.

Statement: I welcome the opportunity to serve PPA as the Program and Education Board Chair. I believe continuing education brings vitality to our professional development and growth.

Chairing the Professional Development Committee and working with the Convention Committee, created an integrated understanding of professional learning. My key goals: facilitate coordination of quality and innovative continuing education programming, studying and addressing the CE needs of psychologists across our lifespan and providing support and guidance as we develop education within PPA.


Public Interest Board Chair

Tim Barksdale, Psy.D, NADD-CC

Professional information.  As the NHS Executive Director of Clinical Services  I supervise over 100 clinicians across 4 states. I am also an adjunct psychology professor with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from PCOM (2012) with a Clinical Certification to treat adults with IDD.

I previously served as the Chair of the Committee on Multiculturalism, which I grew to over 50 members . As the Public Interest Board Chair, I actively serve on the PPA awards committee, the PA Psychology Foundation  and the  Executive Director Search Task Force.

Candidate's statement. With a solid first term my desire is to continue to further the progress made in increasing membership and participation in the 6 committees: Moving forward I would like to increase the activity of these committees statewide. I ask for your vote to continue to build this vital committee to serve PPA and the greater public interest.



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-Immaculata Universities;  PPA Committees:  Awards, Membership, ECP; Colleague Assistance (Chair); Leadership Development, Interpersonal Violence Taskforce; Co-chair Leadership Academy 2017; Past Committees: CE, Emerging Leaders, Technology Implementation, Member Benefits, ECP Task Force.  CE offerings on ECPs, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and presentations on Suicide Prevention and Social Media Use in Children.

STATEMENT:  As PIB Chair, I will strive to ensure PPA supports psychologists in providing exceptional psychological care through training and collaboration. Mentoring tomorrow’s leaders ensures that needs of psychologists are served and that the organization remains on the forefront. As PIB Chair, my focus will be on the self-care and ethical behavior of PPA members, as well as PPA’s efforts to ensure best practices in providing high quality psychological services to diverse populations.


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