Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Section Chair

Valene A. Whittaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Valene A. Whittaker is a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the Military Sexual Trauma Services Coordinator at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA. Dr. Whittaker completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and a Graduate Minor in African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, her predoctoral internship at the University of California Berkeley CAPS, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the ENRM VAMC. Her clinical and research interests include the psychological well-being of people of color, and particularly women of color; racial identity and race-related stress and trauma; multiculturally responsive training and supervision; and trauma recovery and resilience within Veteran, Active Duty, and Military communities. In addition to serving as Section Chair, Dr. Whittaker’s professional service and leadership roles include Chair-Elect and Practice Representative to the APA Membership Board; Early Career Psychologist Mentor for the 2018 SCP Leadership Collaborative (formerly the Leadership Academy); Boston Metro Region Representative to the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Board of Directors; and co-chair for the MPA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA).

Past Section Chair

Mary O’ Leary Wiley, Ph.D.

Mary O’Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP is a Board Certified Counseling Psychologist and Past President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology, in addition to serving as Past Chair of the SCP Section on Professional Practice. She initiated and leads the Emerging Leaders Program for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She has been in independent practice for over 20 years, having previously worked in college and university counseling centers. Dr. Wiley received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1982, where she did her doctoral internship. Her research has primarily been in the area of adoption, though her clinical specialties include work with trauma survivors, wellness, and eating disorders. Dr. Wiley was awarded the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice. She is a Fellow of APA Divisions 17 and 42.

Communications Chair

Christopher Barrett Stults, Ph.D.

Christopher Stults, PhD, LMHC is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in independent practice in New York City. The mission of his research and clinical work is to improve the lives of sexual and gender minority people. Specifically, his program of research is focused on the mental and physical health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. In his clinical practice, Dr. Stults specializes in treating LGBTQ individuals and couples with a wide range of presenting concerns.


James Donaldson, Ph.D.

Dr. James Donaldson is currently serving as Treasurer of the SCP Section on Professional Practice. He is an ECP Counseling Psychologist and licensed psychologist in Iowa. He is currently a psychologist at Ames Counseling and Psychological Services, a group private practice in Ames, Iowa, where he provides a variety of services including individual and couples psychotherapy and psychological assessment. His research and practice interests include spiritual/religious issues, multiculturalism, and the intersection of multicultural and spiritual/religious identities. Dr. Donaldson graduated from Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in August, 2017.


Chair of Practitioner Engagement

Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban, Ph.D.

Dr. Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban is a licensed psychologist, the Director of Clinical Training and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University, her clinical internship at Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, and her clinical fellowship at the Boston Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in affiliation under Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. Clinically, Dr. Moore-Lobban specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma, working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and providing services to marginalized communities. Her research aligns with her clinical areas of expertise and utilizes a multicultural framework as a base for exploration. Dr. Moore-Lobban is involved with multiple education and advocacy efforts to end sexual victimization against women and men. Dr. Moore-Lobban also believes in the importance of making positive contributions to the psychology profession. She is actively involved with national organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Black Psychologist (ABPsi), as well as with international organizations such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She also holds various professional leadership positions including serving as Chair-elect for the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).

APA Programming Coordinator

Marcy Rowland, Ph.D.

Marcy Rowland, PhD is a licensed psychologist in independent practice, having graduated in counseling psychology at Indiana University-Bloomington in 2007. She is now in practice in central Pennsylvania, where she serves adolescents and families. She has had a variety of roles within SCP and currently serves as the Co-Director of APA and External Interface Board. Dr. Rowland says that being involved in SCP allows her to work beyond the walls of her office. Her website is: http://psyris.com/marcyrowland


Awards Chair

Eric Lester, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Lester is an Early Career Psychologist and serves as the Awards Chair for the Section on Professional Practice. Currently, Eric is on faculty at the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Clinic in Muncie, Indiana. He is engaged in the training and practice of integrated primary care. He works closely with medical faculty and resident in his organization to ensure that the patients at the clinic are treated as a whole person and from a biopsychosocial perspective. His clinical interests include adjustment to and management of chronic illness, obesity, bariatric surgery, anxiety, prevention of illness, and integrated primary care.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Lester is an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University where he completed his PhD.

SCP Vice President for Professional Practice

Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Ferdinand is a licensed psychologist, who has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida and an MA in Education from Boston University. Dr. Ferdinand also has a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the Center for Integrated Primary Care in Massachusetts. Dr. Ferdinand’s clinical interests include multiculturalism and social justice, supervision and training, primary care behavioral health, trauma-informed care, and crisis management and intervention. Dr. Ferdinand has conducted research, published peer-reviewed articles, and presented nationally on reducing health disparities among low-income and culturally diverse populations, fostering leadership potential among international students and professionals, and improving access to mental health services for traditionally underserved students on university campuses. She is currently employed as the Assistant Director for Clinical Services at the University of South Florida Counseling Center. Dr. Ferdinand also serves as the VP for Professional Practice for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP, APA Division 17) and is Chair-Elect for SCP’s Section for Training and Supervision.

SAS Student Representatives

Position open – please contact Section Chair if interested!