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Patricia J. Fox, Psy.D.

Owner, Dr. Patricia Fox, Clinical Psychologist; Psy.D., Marywood University, 2007; Publications Committee 2007 – 2018; Public Education Committee 2018 – 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.

STATEMENT: I am grateful to be nominated as 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 (WIP) 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 program.

This has allowed me to get out of the therapy room and bring my experience to bear on the 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.

Dea Silbertrust, Ph.D., J.D.


Private practice, Bryn Mawr. Ph.D. and J.D., Law and Psychology Program, Hahnemann (now Drexel) and Villanova Universities, 1992. PPA: past Board Chair, Program and Education Board; past Member, Executive Committee; past Chair, Political Action Committee (PAC); past Chair, Bulletin Committee; current member of Ethics, Proposal Selection and Child & Family Forensics; past member numerous other committees; presenter PPA Convention and CE conferences.


STATEMENT:  I am delighted to be running for President Elect of PPA. PPA is an amazing organization, and I am fortunate to have been in various positions of leadership over the past decade. Most recently I worked with staff members to expand CE programming to include webinars, podcasts and other online programs to supplement the Convention and CE conferences.


Looking ahead there are many challenges facing our profession. These include the continued expansion of integrated healthcare, the ever-changing role of technology, the complexities of reimbursement, and the possibility of prescription privilege. We work in diverse settings and hold varied opinions on these and other issues. I will continue to strengthen our organization, emphasizing respect and open-mindedness, so that all members have a voice in how we move forward.




Allyson L. Galloway, Psy.D.

Director of Psychology, Center for Neuroscience; 2011.  Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Immaculata University, 2007.  PennPsyPAC Board of Directors-Secretary/Treasurer, Past Co-Chair-Convention Committee, Committee Member: Professional Development, Proposal Selection & Forensic & Criminal Justice.

STATEMENT: I am honored to ask for your vote for Treasurer of PPA.  I have prioritized PPA participation as an essential part of my professional development since joining PPA as a student in 2004 and I believe in the importance of giving back to the organization through leadership.  My four years as Secretary/Treasurer on the PennPsyPAC Board makes me a strong candidate to assist in maintaining and advancing PPA’s status as a strong and financially healthy state psychological association.  My goals for PPA include continuing as a driving force in the ongoing changes in healthcare and to continue to provide excellent continuing education and networking environment for all Pennsylvania psychologists.

Lisa M. May, Ph.D.

Director of Psychology Department, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC. Co-Owner of Presque Isle Passage RV Park and Cabin Rental, Erie, PA.

Ph.D, Counseling Psychology, Gannon University 2007. Member Budget/Finance Committee, Proposal Committee, former member of Membership Committee. Professional interests include neuropsychological assessment, refugee mental health, and integration of psychology across a variety of settings with the goal of increasing accessibility.

STATEMENT: A treasurer’s duty is to carefully manage the financial resources to aid in the growth and longevity of the organization. My experience with financial review and management through both my psychological career and private business over the past 12 years has afforded me unparalleled knowledge base that would allow me to optimally serve our community in this role. If elected Treasurer, I look forward to working closely with the dynamic leadership team to help PPA continue to be an exceptional state psychological organization.


Communications Board Chair

David W. McGalliard, Ph.D.

Full time private practice, TLC Associates, Newtown PA. Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi 1988. PA licensed psychologist since 1989. PPA Activities: Chair, Electronic Media Coordination Committee (EMCC), PPA General Assembly. Interests: Insomnia, Traumatic and Dissociative disorders, chronic pain, and psychological aspects of medical conditions. My hobbies include growing fruit trees, playing various musical instruments, and trading derivatives.

STATEMENT: It was an honor to be asked to chair the EMCC. It is humbling to be nominated to serve as Communications Board Chair. If elected, my goal would be to capitalize on PPA's growing digital and print communication resources to increase our capacity to educate, inform, support and connect our associations biggest asset – you, the psychologists of Pennsylvania. You are what make PPA the preeminent State Psychological Association in the country.

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 and Chair, PPA Publications Committee (2014-2017); Communications Board Chair, (2017-current). Interests: assessment/intervention/prevention of issues in children, adolescents, and families; eating disorders; pediatric/health psychology and behavioral medicine; education/training of undergraduate/graduate students and medical residents/professionals.


STATEMENT: I have been involved with PPA since 2014 and have found the experience to be both personally and professionally enriching and rewarding.  I am thrilled to have been nominated to run for Communications Board Chair.  The opportunity to serve in this role for another term will allow me the opportunity to continue to forge professional connections and to work alongside colleagues in the important efforts of meeting the needs of the membership and promoting our profession.


Internal Affairs Board Chair

Kylie McColligan-Oleski, PsyD


Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Marywood University, 2016. Psychologist, Adult Integrated Primary Care, Geisinger Health System. Chair, Early Career Psychologist Committee; former PPAGS State Advocacy Coordinator, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair; former Emerging Leaders team member.

STATEMENT: I am honored to be nominated for the position of Internal Affairs Board Chair! If elected, my goal is to represent the voice of ECP’s in PPA by bringing the ECP perspective to PPA policy and initiatives and helping shape the future of PPA for the next generation of psychologists. I am confident that my previous experience of serving on the board as PPAGS chair combined with the knowledge gained through holding various leadership positions within PPA will allow me to successfully fulfill this role while simultaneously advocating for ECP’s in PA! I will also strive to enhance ECP engagement in PPA as a whole, and particularly in the 6 Internal Affairs committees.


Michelle L. Wonders, Psy.D.

Psy.D., Immaculata University; Clinical Director at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and have a small private practice; Licensed PA Psychologist since 2011. PPA activities include: Current Internal Affairs Board Chair, Interpersonal Violence Task Force, Board Liaison to PPAGS, PPF Board of Directors. Past chair of the ECP Committee, Colleague Assistance Committee and have served on numerous committees and task forces over the years. Areas of interest: ASD/IDD, Eating Disorders.

STATEMENT: As Internal Affairs Board Chair, I will work to increase membership, and to develop new leaders within the organization.  Mentoring tomorrow’s leaders ensures that needs of psychologists are served and that the organization remains on the cutting edge in the field of psychology while continuing to recognize our talented and diverse membership through opportunities for recognition.



School Psychology Board Chair

Richard E. Hall, Ph.D.

Ph.D., School Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1995, M.S. Psychology and State Certification in School Psychology, Millersville University, 1983, M.Ed., B.A., Special Education, Califirnia State College, 1976. Adjunct Professor, Psychology, Millersville University, 1995 to Present, 35 years experience as a school Psychologist practitioner, PPA positions: School Psychology Board Outreach/Liaison Committee, Professional Organizations, ASPP President, Membership Chair, NASP Pennsylvania State Delegate, ABA, PSEA, and Trainers of School Psychologists.

STATEMENT: As a School Psychology Board member I’ve been fortunate to see first hand what can be accomplished by a dedicated group of volunteers to advocate for our profession and more importantly improve the learning conditions and address the mental health needs of the student, families and educators we serve. If elected I will contimnue this effort with an emphasis on legislative advocacy, collaboration between professional organizations and the promotion of service models that improve the lives of our clients.



Shirley A. Woika, Ph.D.


Director of Clinical & Field Training, Penn State’s SPSY Program.  PhD, SPSY, PSU, 1993.  PDE certificates - Elementary Education, SPLED, SPSY, SPLED Supervision, Superintendent’s Letter; NCSP; Licensed Psychologist; PPA positions:  School Psychology Board – Outreach Committee Co-Chair/ASPP Liaison.  Professional Organizations:  PPA, ASPP, NASP.


STATEMENT:  School psychologists face high caseloads which lead to restrictions of their role and practitioner burnout.  These issues exist because of a larger issue – workforce shortages across the nation.  Advocating for lower caseloads and creating more positions will not do much as we are currently unable to fill existing positions.  I have developed partnerships with school districts that provide assistance to schools while providing on-site learning experiences and generating funds to support graduate assistantships.  I will continue to explore ways to encourage new students to enter the field and will continue to explore ways to support school psychologists in training.

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