Susan Krauss Whitbourne, professor of psychological and brain sciences, has been elected president of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the largest regional psychological association in the United States.
A member of the association for 25 years, she served on its board from 2009-12 and says that as president she plans to work to solidify its strong base in psychology departments in the region to ensure that it is reaching out to all potential members.
“We must also encourage early career psychologists to take advantage of EPA’s strengths in bringing together, in one regional association, clinicians and psychology graduate and undergraduate students,” she adds.
Whitbourne, who is board certified in geropsychology, is the author of more than 160 refereed articles and book chapters and 18 books. Most recently, she edited“The Encyclopedia of Adult Development and Aging.”
Her research focuses on midlife and aging, and she is primary investigator of a 50-year longitudinal study of psychosocial development. In 2011 she received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association (APA) and has received many national and campus teaching and advising awards. She is frequently asked to comment on popular topics in psychology, and her scholarly work has received attention from major news media.
She says, “With experience in social media, I can help to deliver EPA’s message to a broad audience.” She believes her professional experience in handling membership matters in scientific organizations will be valuable to the association. “I value teamwork and collaboration; I believe I have gained a unique perspective that will inform and enrich my work as EPA president. I am delighted to have received this honor from my colleagues in the region.”
Whitbourne earned her B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a fellow of EPA and the APA, as well as the Association for Psychological Science, and is a current member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs.