UK Education Professor Appointed to American Psychological Association Council of Representatives

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Education's Candice Crowell has been appointed to the Council of Representatives for the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). Crowell is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

In the APA, Crowell is an early career professional – having completed a doctoral degree within the past 10 years. She is the first early career professional in the Society of Counseling Psychology’s 70-year history to be appointed to the Council of Representatives, and among only a handful of early career professionals who represent their states and organizations on the council. The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of the APA, the largest organization of psychologists in the world.

In addition to serving on the council, the appointment also includes serving on the executive board of the Society of Counseling Psychology. Her appointment begins in January 2017 and will last for three years. In this position, Crowell is committed to navigating the landscape of APA governance in a way that accomplishes goals, rather than keeping them at the level of conversation.

Specifically, she intends to “contribute to transforming psychology from a field that aspires to be ethical and socially just to a field that has actualized these goals in word and deed.”

“Psychology has come a long way, and because I love this field, I know how much further we can go," she said.

Crowell earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2015 and her bachelor's degree from Spelman College. Her research interests include sexual health broadly, with a specific, although not exclusive, focus on black sexuality. Her secondary research focus includes education and training issues in psychology (e.g., social justice, cultural competence, and leadership). She is an APA Minority Fellow.

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