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Dr. Saba Rasheed Ali
University of Iowa

Greetings From the SVP Chair

The Society for Vocational Psychology is a section of Division 17 (counseling psychology) of the American Psychological Association. The Society consists of a diverse group of researchers and career practitioners who are committed to the common vision of helping individuals with work related issues across the lifespan in an ever changing global economy. SVP serves the very important functions of connecting the scholarship and practice of our prominent members, while also mentoring and supporting graduate students and new professionals.

SVP has been my academic home for the past 17 years. I was first introduced to SVP when it was still a Section in Formation back in 1995 at the APA Convention in New York. I was a master's student at the time and have a very clear memory of sitting among "the giants" of vocational psychology in the hospitality suite brainstorming about ideas for the new section. I remember how those prominent leaders in the field provided me with the space to voice my ideas about the direction of the new section. That long-held tradition continues to this day, and I encourage new professionals and graduate students to take a role in the development of the society. There are many ways to contribute to the society.

We have developed several exciting ways to connect vocational psychologists across the country. For example, we have a biennial conference that promotes the latest research and practice in the field. The next conference will be held in May of 2016 at Florida State University. Please stay tuned for details on this exciting upcoming conference. We also provide programming related to our specific initiatives every year at the annual American Psychological Association convention.

Currently, SVP is working on several important initiatives: (1) Findings ways of using our work to better inform public policy efforts, (2) Making our work more visible to those in other disciplines, as well as to interested membeers of the general public, (3) Strengthening our important international and inter-disciplinary collaborations, and (4) Continuing to support our student colleagues in their development as vocational psychologists.

We have tremendous capacity within SVP and are continuing to capitalize on the enormous talent in the SVP membership who have been engaged in innovative work in vocational research and career counseling practice for many years. Within the society there have been several prominent scholars who have been produced rigorous and diverse scientific inquiry that benefits individuals, groups, and families. Collectively, we are continuing to honor this tradition, while looking for new ways to use our scholarship and practices to assist individuals in navigating the new global 21st century economy.

Saba Rasheed Ali, Chair
Society for Vocational Psychology

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