Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D., (Committee Chair, 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.
Evelyn A. Hunter, Ph.D. (Committee Chair-Elect, 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.
Melanie Lantz, Ph.D., (Committee Member, 2015-2019) is an Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Training in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State 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, social justice, whiteness, racism, and 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.
Elizabeth Aranda, Ph.D, 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.
Roberto L. Abreu (Committee Member, 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 in the intersection of LGBTQ and Latinx issues within the context of the larger Latinx and family relations literature. Roberto’s leadership experience includes serving as co-chair for Orgullo (the National Latinx Psychological Association [NLPA] LGBTQI+ interest group), member of Division 17 Awards and Recognition Committee, and 2018 vice-chair and 2019 chair for the 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.
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.
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.
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.