Melanie Lantz, Ph.D., (Committee Chair, 2015-2018) is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center. Her research interests include multicultural competence, counseling, and training, as well as training and professional issues in counseling psychology. Clinically, Melanie’s interests include substance abuse and addiction, trauma, and sociocultural issues such as race, social class, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As a member of the ECP Committee, Melanie hopes to help foster greater ECP involvement in Division 17 and the APA, continue to address the Student-to-ECP transition, and identify mentorship opportunities for ECPs.
Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D., (Past Committee Chair, 2013-2018) is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA. She also maintains a private therapy practice in Berkeley, CA and serves as a volunteer supervisor for The Pacific Center for Human Growth, a queer community mental health center. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University and completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services. As a member of the ECP Committee, Tiffany hopes to help ECPs access mentoring and feel more connected to SCP as they transition into their careers.
Candice Crowell, Ph.D., (Treasurer and Committee Member, 2015-2018) is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. She completed her doctoral study at UGA and her predoctoral internship at Emory University’s CAPS. Her science and practice center around sexual health, as well as education/training issues in psychology related to social justice and leadership. Past leadership includes serving as APAGS Member at Large – Education Focus, Presidential Steering Committee Member for Nadine Kaslow’s Opening Doors Summit, and SCP Leadership Academy Faculty. She is an APA Minority Fellow. As a committee member, Candice intends to co-develop a counseling psychology social justice curriculum and feature interviews about ECP’s first jobs.
Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, Ph.D., (Social Media Coordinator and Committee Member, 2015-2018) is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at Texas A&M International University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and completed a predoctoral internship at the Texas State University Counseling Center. Her research interests include exploring the intersection of gender roles, socialization, and acculturation of Mexican and Mexican American women on a variety of issues including work-family conflict, intimate partner violence, mental health, and well-being. As an incoming committee member, Elizabeth hopes to engage graduate students and ECPs and to empower them to share their voices with the division at large. She is also committed to increase awareness of the many leadership and collaborative opportunities available for early career psychologists while also helping them access mentoring and to exploration of avenues for career development.
Martinque “Marti” Jones, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2016 – 2019) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston in 2016 after completing her doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center. Her research focuses on Black racial identity development, identity intersectionality, and culturally-responsive counseling with Black college women. As an incoming committee member, Marti aspires to foster connections and joint-programming among ECPs within and beyond the Division. She is also committed to providing relevant programming and disseminating information regarding career and leadership opportunities specific to ECPs.
Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2016-2019) is a Staff Psychologist at George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky and completed her doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Counseling Center. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in college student mental health at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service. Her clinical interests include identity development, including gender identity, racial identity, and sexual identity; working with survivors of trauma; and group therapy. Professionally, she is interested in supervision and training as well as social justice advocacy work on college campuses. As a member of the ECP Committee, Allie hopes to continue to build on the existing efforts to foster a community within Division 17 for ECPs and identify mentorship and collaboration opportunities for professional networking and support.
Samuel T. Beasley, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2017-2020) is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed his predoctoral internship at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on men in health-service psychology. He also examines predictors of academic self-concept and academic achievement of Black college students at predominately White institutions. As an ECP committee member, Samuel hopes to build on the committee’s prior work bridging the gap between ECPs and Division 17 as they transition from their student roles. He also is invested in helping ECPs identify strategies to strengthen their social justice and advocacy efforts in their new positions.
Evelyn A. Hunter, Ph.D. (Committee Member, 2017-2020) is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling at Auburn University. She completed her doctoral work at Auburn University and her predoctoral internship at the Georgia Tech Counseling Center. Her research investigates health disparities (specific to social inequities/injustice) in mental and physical wellness constructs and ways in which themes of equity and justice intersect with psychology trainee competencies. Her past leadership experiences include serving as Co-Chair for the Subcommittee on Social Action, Chair Elect of the Section on Ethnic & Racial Diversity, and a member of the 2016 SCP Leadership Academy cohort. As a committee member, Evelyn is interested in broadening leadership training experiences for ECPs and ensuring equitable access to Division 17, including non-traditional avenues for ECPs to engage, serve, and lead within SCP.
Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D. (Committee Member, 2017-2020), is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is deeply committed to research that fosters academic persistence and career advancement among women, underrepresented minorities, and cross-cultural groups. Her current research program investigates the factors that enhance recruitment, retention, and career persistence among graduate women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As a member of the ECP Committee, Kerrie hopes to create programming initiatives that: 1) promote successful transition from graduate student to ECP; 2) foster connectedness and a sense of belonging among Division 17 ECP members; 3) facilitate active engagement in social justice advocacy and highlight the efforts already being undertaken.