Letter from MPA President July 2018

Dear MPA Colleagues,
It is with pleasure that I write to inform you that on July 1, when Dr. Skillings resigned as MPA president to assume his new position as chief of professional practice at the American Psychological Association Practice Organization, I moved from the role of MPA president-elect in to the role of president. You will soon hear from our Executive Director, Mr. LaVone Swanson, about a special election to fill the now vacant role of president-elect. I look forward to working with our dedicated board of directors and all of you to further the MPA mission:
  • to advance psychology as a science and a profession
  • to promote the public welfare by encouraging the highest professional standards
  • to offer public education
  • to provide public service
  • to participate in the public policy process on behalf of the profession and health care consumers
It is clear from the vibrancy of our listserv that we as a group represent a broad and healthy range of practice venues, theoretical perspectives, and professional passions. The discipline of psychology, as the academic home for the study of human behavior, puts us in a unique position to serve as role models for productive discourse, even in the face of disagreement. At times, the nature of this disagreement can shake us to our core. I want to thank you all for modeling what social science researcher, Brené Brown, PhD, refers to as true belonging: having the courage to maintain one's integrity. As MPA president, I aim to redouble MPA's commitment to providing an intellectual and ethical professional home for all branches of our discipline, and in doing that, model for our communities a wide interpretation of "in-group" and working together toward the common goal of bettering lives through our profession.  
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other members of your governance team with ideas, concerns, or questions. The same goes if you are interested in getting more involved with MPA activities--we have many exciting initiatives in the works, and we are always open to additional hands on deck!
Warm regards,
Elissa H. Patterson, PhD
President, Michigan Psychological Association
Health Psychologist, Consultation-Liaison Services and Psychosomatic Medicine Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Michigan Medicine|University of Michigan