Evelyn A. Hunter, Ph.D. (Committee Chair, 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.
Roberto L. Abreu, Ph.D. (Committee Chair-Elect, 2018-2021), is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Tennessee State University. Roberto earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed his internship at the Federal Medical Center (Bureau of Prisons) in Lexington, Kentucky. Roberto is an APA Minority Fellow. His research focuses on LGBTQ people of Color, with an emphasis on how Latinx family and community members use Latinx cultural values and beliefs to navigate relations with their LGBTQ members. Roberto’s leadership experiences include serving as co-Chair for Orgullo (the National Latinx Psychological Association [NLPA] LGBTQI+ interest group), member of Division 17 Awards and Recognition Committee, 2020 Program Chair for Division 44, and Chair of the 2019 NLPA conference. As a committee member, Roberto hopes to collaborate with the leadership of the different ethnic and racial minority psychological associations in order to address the needs of their LGBTQ members.
Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D., (Committee Past Chair, 2016-2020) 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.
Lisa De La Rue, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2019-2022) is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed her doctoral internship at Pacific Clinics, a Community-Based Mental Health in Southern California. Her research adopts a social-ecological framework, which aims to delineate the gendered, cultural, and contextual associations of violence and victimization. Her research aims to inform policy efforts that advocate for treatment and support for individuals who have experience trauma, and to provide such treatment before punitive disciplinary measures are taken. She is also interested in identifying intervention points, in order to prevent further victimization among vulnerable populations.
Kelly M. Lee, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2019-2022) is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. She completed her doctorate at the University of Houston, predoctoral internship at Washington State University Counseling and Psychological Services, and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Disability Resources and Educational Services. Her clinical interests include psychoeducational assessment and supervision, and her research interests include twice-exceptional students and assessment supervision. As a member of the Division 17 ECP committee, Kelly hopes to work on projects that focus on the identity of the Counseling Psychology ECPs in three main areas: 1) amongst ourselves as Counseling Psychology ECPs, 2) within Division 17, and 3) across the larger APA organization.
Kristin J. (“KJ”) Conover, Ph.D. (Committee Member, 2019-2022) is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. She earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice with clinical specialties in LGBTQ+ populations, physical disability and chronic illness, and anxiety disorders. Her research focuses on physical disability and LGBTQ+ mental health using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Elizabeth Aranda, Ph.D, (Committee Member, 2018-2021) is a Senior Staff Psychologist at University of California, Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and her graduate degrees from Texas Woman’s University. Elizabeth also completed a predoctoral internship at University of Kentucky and a multicultural postdoctoral residency at San Jose State University. She is passionate about working with historically underrepresented groups, particularly those with intersecting identities such as LGBTQ identified persons of color. In action, Elizabeth serves on the UC Transcare team, and as a co-chair for NLPA’s Orgullo, a special interest group committed to addressing the needs and challenges faced by Latinx sexual and gender diverse individuals. In addition to her work prioritizing the needs of multicultural communities, Elizabeth also has a private practice that specializes in conducting neuropsychological evaluations. As a member of the ECP committee, Elizabeth’s intention is to develop programming that addresses the needs of intersectional identities and fostering connections within Div. 17.
Shufang Sun, Ph.D. (Committee Member, 2018-2021) is a postdoctoral fellow at in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Alpert Medical School. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her predoctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on health promotion with racial and sexual minorities at risk for HIV domestically and globally, culturally adapted treatment, and using mindfulness-based interventions to foster well-being for the underserved. As an incoming committee member, Shufang hopes to enhance mentorship and networking for the student-to-ECP transition and facilitate career identity development for ECPs. She is also invested in creating opportunities of social justice advocacy for early career counseling psychologists.
Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D. (Committee Member, 2017-2020), is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston. 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.
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.