2014 Alaska Psychological Association Candidates

Member-at-large (vote for 3)

Sarah Dewane, PhD  (elected)

Over the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to receive my education and training in Alaska, allowing me to serve the state as a Licensed Psychologist. Through programs at the University of Alaska, I earned my MS in Clinical Psychology in 1998 and my PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural, Indigenous Emphasis in 2010. Currently, I am the Director of Behavioral Science, overseeing the integrated behavioral health program at the Providence Alaska Family Medicine Residency and Center in Anchorage and I serve as the Co-Director of Training for the APA accredited Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium.  I have over 17 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in outpatient, residential, and medical settings. I have developed a specialty in health behavior change and integrated behavioral health care in primary care. In combination with my clinical experience, I also served for 9 years as a project manager and research professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage focusing on mental health and substance abuse research implementation, program evaluation, and behavioral health training.  In 2012, I completed the Behavioral Science and Family Systems Educator Fellowship, administered by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Through these professional experiences, I have developed a strong desire to serve medically underserved populations in Alaska and to advocate for the profession of psychology at a local and national level. My professional memberships include the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, American Psychological Association (Health Psychology Division), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and National Association of Rural Mental Health. At present, I am on my second year of service as the Alaska Psychological Association Board’s Early Career Psychologist and have been awarded national grant funding on two occasions to attend the APA State Leadership Conference. In my role as Early Career Psychologist, I am creating outreach and networking opportunities for other Early Career Psychologists in Alaska, as well as authoring the ECP Corner in our association’s newsletter. Recently, I was honored by a temporary appointment to an interim Member-at-Large position and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue my service in this role. Thank you for your consideration in the upcoming AK-PA election of Member-at-Large

Deborah Gideon, PhD

As a member of the Alaska Psychology professional community since I first arrived here in 1988, I am happy to be considered for Member-At- Large. Having served on multiple boards of state psychological associations and related professional organizations, I am prepared to continue to offer my service.

As a dually trained Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, I presented a workshop about the integration of these two fields at the 2012 AK-PA Annual Meeting. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University, my internship in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology from the University of Florida Medical Center, and postdoctoral training at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. I was Associate Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Virginia and a faculty member of Emory University Medical School and of the University of Houston. In the over twelve years total I have lived in Alaska, I have worked at Providence Behavioral Medicine Group and Providence Medical Center, taught psychology students at UAA and APU, served as Neuropsychologist for Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Medical Center, and developed a private practice.

Jaedon Avey, PhD (elected)

Being raised in Anchorage, I have sought out the training opportunities available in state. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UAF in 2005, a master’s in clinical psychology from UAA in 2009, and a PhD in clinical-community psychology through the Joint UAF-UAA doctoral program this May. I completed my pre-doctoral internship under the supervision of Dr. Ray Droby, in Nome, through the Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium.

In 2008, I joined the Alaska Psychological Association (AKPA) as the Graduate Student Representative (APAGS) and then continued as a Member-At-Large. I have worked to make AKPA’s value more accessible for all members. I established an AKPA facebook page for networking and information sharing. I coordinated preliminary webinar offerings. I headed a team that worked closely with the licensing board to ensure that AKPA’s webinars would meet continuing education requirements. They have. Last spring, I began online registration (via paypal) for training and continuing education offerings.

My role has shifted and grown over time. I am now the chair of the technology committee, administrator of the website, and one of two moderators on the AKPA and AKPA-MH listservs. If re-elected as Member-At-Large, I will continue to make AKPA more accessible. My goal is to complete an upgrade of the existing website. Improvements would include one-stop membership and training registration, a fully-featured member referral directory, and a library of training/webinar recordings and newsletter issues.

Now that I have finished my PhD, I am well-positioned to launch a concerted, consistent, collaborative effort to better AKPA. I would love the opportunity to do so. Please consider me for Member-At-Large. Thank you.

James Fitterling, PhD (elected)

I respectfully request your consideration of my candidacy for AK-PA Member-At Large. A brief background: Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with specialization in behavior therapy, Georgia State University (internship at University of Mississippi – Jackson VA Medical Centers Clinical Psychology Consortium.); except for 1991-92, Chief, Chemical Dependence Treatment Program, Jackson VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center (1986-99); Clinical Director, Clinical Research Center, Research Institute on Addiction (1991-92); in 1999, I moved to Alaska to serve as Chief, Homeless Veterans Service, Alaska VA Healthcare System (1999-2010); in 2008, I developed and became Training Director of the Alaska VA Psychology Internship, which received 7-year accreditation in 2010; UAA Program Director, Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology (2011-present).

Most of my career focused on leadership, administration, management and supervision of large, complex interdisciplinary programs that delivered evidence-based substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and mental health treatment as well as clinical training of psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and psychiatry and family medicine residents. I now serve doctoral students who aspire to be the next generation of psychologists for Alaskans. My varied public sector positions required that I attend and respond to political, governmental, budgetary, and social factors for making strategic decisions on behalf of the programs I served. My accrued experiences would assist me in providing an important complement and perspective to AK-PA governance concerning major issues facing our profession, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Secretary (vote for 1)

Heather Robinson, MS (elected)

Heather has been involved in AK-PA for four years, first with a two-year term as the APAGS representative and then serving a two-year term as secretary. Heather earned a B.A. in psychology from UAA in the spring of 2008, her M.S. in clinical psychology from UAA in the spring of 2012, and is currently finishing her 5th year of the UAA/UAF joint Ph.D. program in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural, Indigenous Emphasis. Heather is currently completing her clinical practicum and will also be teaching as adjunct faculty at UAA Mat-Su campus in the fall of 2014. Her ever-growing professional interests include: sexual health and education, FASD awareness and education, issues pertaining to alcohol use in both urban and rural populations, and eating disturbance issues.

Heather was born in Anchorage and raised in the Mat-Su Valley. She currently lives in Wasilla with her two children: Devin (age 13) and Brooklyn (age 9). She loves to spend time with family, read for pleasure (as opposed to the volumes of reading for her Ph.D. program!), and to travel to warm-weather destinations. Heather is also a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics Alaska.
APAGS – Graduate Student Position – (vote for 1)

Corene Alvarado (elected)

Corene Alvarado is entering her 4th year of the UAA/UAF Clinical and Community Psychology Ph.D. Program. She earned her B.Ed. at UAA in 1996 and taught in both rural and public schools throughout Alaska before becoming the Educational Director for Sealaska Corporation. During her time there she was involved in many projects including the management of a million-dollar federal grant that was established to develop the first Tlingit language immersion program within a public school district. She also traveled to rural school districts to develop, in tandem with local community members, K-12 curriculum that would best meet the needs of their students. During this time she became passionate about the psychological well-being of students, families, and communities, propelling her to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology.

During her first three years of graduate school, Ms. Alvarado has completed required coursework, as well as over 1200 hours of clinical practicum work, mainly at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). During her time at API, she became devoted to working with individuals struggling with severe mental illness. She focused much of her time conducting psychological assessments, as well as individual and group therapy. She worked closely with treatment teams that consisted of psychiatrists, social workers, nursing staff, and occupational therapists to develop the best treatment plans for each individual patient. Ms. Alvarado is currently working on research for dissertation, which is focused on sacred moments between frontline psychiatric workers and their patients. She was honored to have recently participated in a research course at Duke School of Medicine in order to further her research skills within this line of inquiry.