USD psychology professor elected section president of APA division

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Elizabeth Boyd, professor of psychology and director of the Psychological Services Center at The University of South Dakota, was recently named president of Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities) of Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), one of the largest divisions affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA).

Boyd will serve a three-year term. She will serve a year as president-elect that begin in January followed by president in 2011 and one year as past-president.

Section VI was established to promote research on clinical interventions with American racial and ethnic minority populations as well as to foster sensitivity to cultural, racial and ethnic issues in training psychologists. Section VI was also formed to enhance the representation of minority psychologists with Division 12 and APA governance, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on socio-cultural issues.

“It is an honor to be elected to this leadership position,” said Boyd, who will work to increase the quality and accessibility of training opportunities for minority clinical psychologists. “The ethnic minority psychologists in this division have inspired and mentored me since I was a graduate student. This is my opportunity to give back.”

A member of the USD faculty since 1992, Boyd is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston. She is involved in a number of projects seeking to train culturally competent clinical psychologists and to develop culturally responsive mental health services for Native American communities. In addition to serving on several APA governance groups, including the Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health; the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment; and the board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, she has recently completed a term as President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45 of APA).