Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology


We are excited to announce the transition of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) from academic year (fall-spring) to a calendar year (spring-fall) beginning in 2019. The application for the 2019 class has officially opened. The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:59 p.m. EST. 


The mission of the APA LIWP is to prepare, support and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional, organizational and practice settings as well as APA governance, and increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. A major focus of the Institute is to ensure that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities.

Currently, the APA CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology has been made possible by the generous support of the APA Women's Programs Office, the Society for the Psychology of Women and the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology. Support in previous years has been provided by the APA Board of Directors, the APA Council of Representatives, the Women's Caucus of the APA Council of Representatives, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health, Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.



The LIWP Program goals include:

  1. Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/senior management positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and state, provincial or territorial psychological association (SPTA) governance.

  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding leadership positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance.

  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in academic, practice and other leadership positions as well as APA and SPTA governance.

  4. Create networks of women psychologists in leadership/senior management positions in varied professional settings including APA and SPTA governance.

  5. Document the career movement, professional advancement as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants.


The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology is a two-pronged project that includes both an education component and a research component. The LIWP education and training component is represented by the highly interactive case-based workshops held twice per year and by the webinars held bimonthly on leadership development topics. The LIWP research component includes the Survey on Leadership Training Needs in Mid-career and Senior Women Psychologists.


  • “Advancing into Academic Administration”
    Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD, offered tips and advice for thinking about and moving into administrative positions in academe. She led the discussion on aligning leadership opportunities with long-term goals, preparing for and successfully interviewing, negotiating offers and managing the transition into the new role.

  • "Advocacy Training 101"
    Krysta Jones, senior legislative and federal affairs officer, Public Interest-Government Relations Office, led the presentation on public policy process and lobbying.

  • “APA Governance”
    Nadine Kaslow PhD, ABPP, 2014 president, American Psychological Association, APA Board of Directors, LIWP Executive Committee member and Nancy Moore, PhD, APA Governance Office, led the discussion on the structure, processes and strategies of APA’s governing bodies.

  • “Fundraising 101”
    Stephen Peeler, vice president of development at the American Society of Association Executives Foundation led the presentation and discussion on the essentials of a successful campaign, fundraising initiative and the components of a development program.

  • “Having Difficult Conversations”
    Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, LIWP executive committee member, will discuss the inevitability of difficult conversations for leaders and the challenges and opportunities these conversations present.

  • “Social Media for the Busy Professional”
    Efua Andoh, assistant director for Communications and Special Projects for the APA Public Interest Directorate offered tips and advice for using social media as a platform to further one’s career as well as in a professional setting.

  • "Strategic Planning: Setting the Stage"
    Jay Younger, vice president, McKinley Marketing led the discussion of the importance of strategic planning and presented several effective strategic planning strategies.

  • “Women in the APA Presidential Pipeline”
    Nadine Kaslow PhD, ABPP, 2014 president, American Psychological Association, Suzanne Bennett Johnson PhD, ABPP, 2012 APA past president and Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, 2011 APA past president discussed both the process of making the decision to move yourself further along in the presidential pipeline and the actual initial steps you might take to implement that decision effectively.

  • "Women Leaders at the United Nations"
    Merry Bullock, PhD, senior director, APA International Affairs Office led the discussion on the role of psychology at the United Nations and leadership in the global context.

  • "Working with You is Killing Me"
    LIWP Executive Committee members Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, and Karen F. Wyche, MSW, PhD, led the presentation on managing difficult relationships within the workplace.



LeadHERship - The Voice of Women Leaders in Psychology, Vol. 1 (PDF, 465KB)


The APA LIWP Awarded 2017 APA Presidential Citation
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of LIWP and APA’s 125 anniversary, the LIWP was awarded a Presidential Citation for commitment to preparing, supporting and empowering women psychologists to promote positive social change in a wide range of academic, professional and scientific settings.

Presidential Citation award

LIWP Survey 

In October 2017, the WPO launched the first annual APA LIWP Annual survey to learn more about LIWP alumnae achievements. We will publish curated information about the alumnae in LeadHERship, Vol. 2 in August 2018.

LIWP Hosts the First in a Series Focus Groups

In September 2017, the APA LIWP hosted its first alumnae focus group, which was facilitated by LIWP executive committee member and APA secretary Jennifer Kelly, PhD. This first in a series of focus groups, explored leadership issues facing women of color psychologists. Upcoming focus groups in 2018 will focus on lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and women with disabilities.

LIWP Honors Executive Committee Members

We honor Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, and Karen F. Wyche, PhD, who completed their terms on the LIWP Executive Committee. We are so grateful for their many years of dedicated service. While we will miss their presence at our monthly conference calls, the LIWP will continue to benefit from their immense knowledge and commitment to women ‘s leadership development through their continued service on the program faculty.


Executive Committee


Assessment, Evaluation and Publication Subcommittee

The APA LIWP Assessment, Evaluation and Publication Subcommittee is charged with developing a structured process for documenting and disseminating the short- and long-term outcomes of the APA LIWP programs. The subcommittee will establish policies, procedures, and measures to assess and disseminate the value and outcomes of APA LIWP programs and activities. Immediate tasks include reviewing and revising, as needed, data collection measures and methods; preparing data use policies and plans; determining the data support needs of other subcommittees; preparing publication and dissemination plans; and preparing evaluation reports.

Members of the subcommittee:

  • Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD (chair) 
  • Kate Brown, PhD 
  • Rebecca Cameron, PhD 
  • Tiffany Chenneville, PhD 
  • Helen Coons, PhD, ABPP
Development Subcommittee

The Development Subcommittee is charged with developing a fundraising plan for sustainability of the APA LIWP program. The committee will: a) work to increase funds in the American Psychological Foundation (APF) LIWP Fund from the pledges of $263,465.44 to $500,000 and from cash on hand of $200,000 to $250,000 in cash (as of Dec. 1, 2014); b) establish a process and procedures to distribute $1,000 scholarships for participants named in honor of those who have contributed $15,000 or more; and 3) engage in a fundraising project with each APA LIWP alumnae class and suggest that each class "give back" by raising $15,000 for a scholarship from each class.

Members of the subcommittee:

  • Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (chair)
  • Dorthy Cantor, PsyD
  • Monique Jiminez, PsyD
  • Sandra Shullman, PhD
  • Lisa Strauss, PhD
New and Ongoing Initiatives Subcommittee

The New and Ongoing Initiatives Subcommittee is charged with working to sustain the involvement of the APA LIWP alumnae in the APA LIWP through relevant and dynamic education and training programs, as well as programming that will lead to their participation as APA LIWP faculty, invited speakers, and recruiters. More specifically, the subcommittee will a) develop a Continuing Education/Training Program to meet the needs of a range of women leaders i.e. across demographics, worksites, and positions as well as a range of professional organizations; and b) create mechanisms that will sustain active alumnae connections to the APA LIWP through acknowledgement of achievements as leaders that will be disseminated through the APA LIWP network and other relevant organizations, both within APA and external to psychology.

Members of the subcommittee:

  • Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP (chair)
  • Karen Fraser Wyche, PhD (vice chair)
  • Karen Postal, PhD
  • Gemima St. Louis, PhD
Program and Faculty Development Subcommittee

The LIWP Program Subcommittee is charged with developing the curriculum and delivering the APA LIWP program to participants. This includes but is not limited to: 1) reviewing, evaluating, updating, planning, scheduling, and delivering the fall and spring Institute programs; 2) recruiting, reviewing, and assigning faculty to teaching responsibilities; 3) planning on-going faculty development activities; 4) working with the Assessment, Evaluation, and Publication Subcommittee to continually evaluate, develop, and refine the APA LIWP curriculum; 5) working with the New and Ongoing Initiatives Subcommittee to develop additional training and resources for participants (e.g., webinars, APA convention programs); and 6) engaging in long-term planning of the program (e.g., additional populations to be served).

Members of the subcommittee:

  • Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP (chair)
  • Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP (vice chair)
  • Dorothy Cantor, PsyD
  • Karen Wyche, PhD
  • Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP
  • Kate Brown, PhD
  • Jennifer Kelly, PhD, ABPP
  • Elena Eisman, EdD, ABPP
  • Arpana Inman, PhD
  • Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
Selection Subcommittee

The APA LIWP Selection Subcommittee has broad oversight and responsibility for the application and selection process for APA LIWP. Specifically the Selection Subcommittee is Charged with (a) annually reviewing and modifying as necessary both the call for applications and the applications themselves, (b) testing the computer systems prior to issuing the call for applications, (c) working with others to widely distribute and publicize the call for applications, (d) reviewing all applications for eligibility, (e) recruiting and appointing persons (in addition to Subcommittee members) to participate in the application review and rating process, and (f) managing the selection process itself, leading to a proposed class that is sent to the Executive Committee for review and confirmation.

Members of the subcommittee:

  • Mary Casey Jacob, PhD (chair)
  • Mia Bergman, PhD
  • Kate Brown, PhD
  • Monica Kurylo, PhD
  • Karen Wyche, PhD

2018 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology: Class Ten

View the complete list (PDF, 307KB) of recent participants and their affiliations.

View the list in alphabetical order (PDF, 535KB)

  • Maysa Akbar, PhD, ABPP
    Yale School of Medicine

  • Penelope Asay, PhD, ABPP
    Illinois School of Professional Psychology

  • Kira Banks, PhD
    Saint Louis University

  • Elida Bautista, PhD
    University of California, Berkley
    Haas School of Business

  • Stacey Benson, PsyD
    University of North Dakota, Fargo Campus

  • Leanne Boucher, PhD
    Nova Southeastern University

  • Mary Brownsberger, PsyD, ABPP
    Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

  • Linnea Burk, PhD, HSP
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD
    Rush University Medical Center

  • Katherine Fiori, PhD
    Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
    Adelphi University

  • Jessica George B. Edwards, PhD, NCSP
    Northeastern University

  • Abbie Goldberg, PhD
    Clark University

  • Laura Hoskins, PsyD
    Shepherd Center

  • Kimberly Howard, PhD
    Boston University

  • Charmain Jackman, PhD
    Boston Arts Academy

  • Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD, MFA
    Drexel University

  • Delia Lang, PhD, MPH
    Emory University

  • Jill Lee-Barber, PhD
    Georgia State University

  • Heather Littleton, PhD
    East Carolina University

  • Adrianna Ortega, PhD, ABPP
    South Texas Veterans Health Care System

  • Erin Patel, PsyD, ABPP
    Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

  • Jennifer Peltzer-Jones, PsyD, RN
    Henry Ford Hospital, DEM-CFP2

  • Virginia Quinonez, PsyD
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Kate Richmond, PhD
    Muhlenberg College

  • Theresa Schultz, PhD
    The Lodestone Center for Behavioral Health

  • Jennifer Schwartz, PhD
    Drexel University

  • Kimberly Skerven, PhD
    Alverno College

  • Jennifer Smith, PsyD
    Atlanta VA Health Care System

  • Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco

  • Erin Tone, PhD
    Georgia State University

  • Yuying Tsong, PhD
    California State University, Fullerton

  • Ali Weinstein, PhD
    George Mason University

  • Wendy Williams, PhD
    Berea College

  • Erin Wood, PhD
    Catawba College


The Dorothy W. Cantor American Psychological Foundation (APF) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund was formally established with the APF in January 2011. The Dorothy W. Cantor APF Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund will support the Leadership Institute by providing operating support and also scholarships for a select number of APA LIWP participants who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities.
For more information about the Dorothy W. Cantor APF Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund, please contact Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD.

If you would like to make a donation, please download an APF LIWP pledge form (PDF, 429KB). Donations can also be made by directly from the APF giving page. Please be sure to designate your gift to LIWP.