Meet your Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice members
Members of CAPP are elected by the APA Practice Organization membership to serve a three-year term. They must be licensed psychologists who are members of the APA Practice Organization and a state, provincial or territorial psychological association or an APA division. The committee also has a graduate student member. CAPP may appoint up to four (4) members to help it carry out its mission.
Chair: Kathleen (Kate) S. Brown, PhD (2015-17)
Kate Brown, PhD, is in private practice with a focus in health and rehabilitation psychology. She recently served as the director of training of the Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Honolulu, where she also served as the chief, Integrative Pain Management Center at TAMC for 10 years. Brown also serves as clinical adjunct faculty, department of psychology, University of Hawaii, and for TAMC’s APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship and Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship programs.
A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Brown has held several leadership roles in APA, and has received numerous awards, including the Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy, American Psychological Association, 1997; and the Lifetime Practice Award, APA Div. 22.
Vice-chair: Lindsey Buckman, PsyD (2017-19)
Lindsey Buckman, PsyD, is a psychologist in independent practice in Phoenix. Her clinical specialties include assertiveness, binge and compulsive overeating, chronic illness, LGBTQ concerns and relationship issues. In addition to her clinical specialties, Buckman provides consultation services on business etiquette, peak performance, political advocacy and professional marketing. She also provides public information and education on affirmative public policies for transgender individuals. Additionally, Buckman manages a private scholarship program for first-generation college students at the three Arizona public universities. Buckman received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and holds a master’s degree in marriage, family and child counseling from the University of Southern California.
Kathleen Ashton, PhD (2016-18)Kathleen Ashton, PhD, is a health psychologist practicing for 11 years at the Cleveland Clinic. Working in a bariatric multidisciplinary team, she has firsthand knowledge regarding promoting psychology in large institutional settings. She is also a seven-time representative to the APA State Leadership Conference as a public education campaign liaison and member of the Committee of State Leaders. She is also past president of the Ohio Psychological Association.
Jean Carter, PhD (Ex Officio)
Jean Carter, PhD, practices psychotherapy in Washington, D.C. She works with individuals and couples who are experiencing serious trauma, relationship issues, depression and work stress/vocational adjustment. She has served in numerous American Psychological Association governance positions, and is currently the treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors (2017-19). Carter has edited professional practice-related journals and also contributes to professional scholarship through publications and presentations. Over the years she has been honored with several awards, including the Society of Counseling Psychology's 2008 Best Practices Award.
June Ching, PhD (2015-17)
June Ching, PhD, has spent 36 years in independent practice dedicated to the assessment and treatment of ethnically diverse populations in Hawaii. Ching is committed to the development, promotion and delivery of culturally competent practice, training and governance activities. She is a founding member and past president of the Hawaii Psychology Political Action Committee, and has held numerous leadership positions within the Hawaii Psychological Association, Div. 42 and the APA Board of Professional Affairs.
Traci Cipriano, PhD (2016-18)
As a psychologist and nonpracticing attorney, Traci Cipriano, PhD, has a solid understanding of legal and policy issues related to psychology practice, as well as strong advocacy skills. She feels that psychology needs to develop a cohesive strategy related to the promotion of psychology practice and protection of scope of practice, and believes it is important to continue to promote psychology in integrated care. She is also the director of professional affairs for the Connecticut Psychological Association.
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, L.P. (2015-17)
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya is a nationally recognized licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience who has written, presented, and consulted extensively in the areas of diversity, developmental psychology, multiculturalism, severe psychopathology and African-American mental health. As the executive director of the African-American Child Wellness Institute, a children’s mental health agency dedicated to the research, delivery and coordination of comprehensive wellness strategies for children of African descent, Garrett-Akinsanya is also known for her development of the strength-based ecological "African-Centered Wellness Model" for assisting children, adults, couples and families in the development of healthy relationships. She is especially effective with clients whose lives have been touched by severe psychopathology, abuse, trauma, sexual assault, as well as community and domestic violence.
Brett Hom (2017-18)
Brett Hom is chief financial officer for the American Farm Bureau Federation. He has more than 25 years of professional finance experience in the nonprofit sector. Hom previously worked in the APA Practice Directorate on APA Practice Organization and APA finances. Hom earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and completed executive education programs at the Wharton School and Yale University. He is a Certified Treasury Professional.
Peter D. Liggett, PhD (2017-19)
Peter D. Liggett, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the deputy director of long term care and behavioral health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) — the state’s Medicaid agency. Liggett has worked for over 20 years in outpatient clinics, community mental health, college mental health, corrections, group homes and in private practice. Prior to coming to SCDHHS, he served as the associate director of the Counseling & Human Development Center at the University of South Carolina where he directed their APA-Accredited predoctoral internship program and postdoctoral fellowship. Liggett was the director of child and adolescent services for the Columbia Area Mental Health Center from 1994 through 2001. He also worked part-time at the Marshall Street Crisis Stabilization Unit, a 16-bed crisis program for adults in crisis with a variety of behavioral health concerns. He maintains a small practice in the Columbia area working with adolescents and adults. Liggett is the 2017 president of the South Carolina Psychological Association. He serves as the chairperson of the Medical University of South Carolina’s, Translational Research Community Advisory Board, and also chairs the SC Behavioral Health Coalition Committee on Behavioral Health/Primary Care Alignment.
Jo Linder-Crow, PhD (2016-17)
Jo Linder-Crow, PhD, is the chief executive officer of the California Psychological Association. Linder-Crow also serves as the executive director of the CPA Foundation, CPA’s charitable and educational organization that focuses on improving the health and psychological wellbeing of individuals and communities throughout California and on increasing the number of culturally competent psychologists in the state. Prior to joining CPA in 2005, she served as the executive director of the Glendon Association in Santa Barbara, California from 2002-05 and as the associate executive director for Education at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. from 1995-2002. In her role at APA she was responsible for APA’s Continuing Education Program, including its Sponsor Approval System for providers of CE for psychologists.
Peter Oppenheimer, PhD (2016-18)
Peter Oppenheimer, PhD, is currently serving his second term as president of the Rhode Island Psychological Association, and has more than 20 years of state association leadership experience. He has also served previously on CAPP and the Council of Representatives, and is a member of Divs. 31, 42, 55 and 56. He has chaired the Board of Psychology in Rhode Island since 2005, and also chairs the statewide multidisciplinary professional coalition and Rhode Island’s innovative practice strategy.
Diana Prescott, PhD (2017-19)
Diana Prescott, PhD, grew up on a farm near Tipton, Indiana. She completed her BA in psychology and Spanish at Butler University and an MA and PhD in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been employed at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana, and The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. She has also worked contractually for Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and the University of Evansville. Prescott created a rural health consulting practice for women and children, Hampden Psychological Consultation PLLC. She has developed the integrated behavioral health portion of EMMC's pediatric obesity program, Way to Optimal Weight (WOW). She supervises doctoral students as an adjunct professor for the University of Maine-Orono. Prescott serves on the Maine Migrant Health Program and the Maine Primary Care Association boards, and has served on the APA Committee on Rural Health. She was the recipient of the APAPO Federal Advocacy Award, and is a member of the APA Committee of State Leaders and Divisions 12, 16, 29, 30, 31, 35, 38, 42, 54 and 56.
The 2017 election cycle for CAPP members will begin Feb. 11 with a call for nominations.
- Joan Freund
October 13-15, 2017, Washington, D.C.