Ronald E. Fox, Ph.D.
Ron Fox is the Executive Director of The Consulting Group, a division of HRC, with offices in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C. specializing in executive coaching and organizational change. He is the current Chair of CAPP and a Council Representative for APA’s Division of Psychotherapy (29). He is a past president and a former recording secretary of APA. He is credited with the creation of a number of important professional initiatives including: the Practice Directorate and the special assessment; the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and the Association of Psychology Internship Centers.
His recognitions include: American Psychological Foundation Award for Career Contributions to Practice, APA Award from the Board of Educational Affairs for Career Contributions to Education, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. Email -
Douglas Haldeman, Ph.D.
Dr. Doug Haldeman is a Counseling Psychologist in Independent Practice in Seattle, WA. He serves on the clinical faculty of the Psychology Department at the University Of Washington, and works with the FAA as a psychological evaluator for pilots and air traffic controllers. Active in APA governance, Dr. Haldeman currently serves a member of the Council of Representatives (Division42), and is a Trustee of the APA Insurance Trust. Known internationally for his work on the ethical and competent treatment of sexual minority individuals, Dr. Haldeman’s numerous publications include the examination of intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity and social stigma. He is the Diversity Officer for the Washington State Psychological Association, and a member of APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).
Dr. Haldeman has been recognized for his work with the John D. Black Practice Award from Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), the Outstanding Achievement Award from APA’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns (2002), and the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Washington State Psychological Association. Email -
Nanci Klein, Ph.D. - Chair
Dr. Klein is a licensed psychologist in private practice and founding member of the Utah Institute for Psychotherapy and Training in Salt Lake City. She is also the Director of Professional Affairs for the Utah Psychological Association (UPA), a position in which she has served for the past eight years. In this position, Dr. Klein was directly involved in advocacy efforts in the Utah State Legislature for hospital privileges for psychologists, mental health parity, and mental health licensing law issues. She also served as Federal Advocacy Coordinator for Utah for three years.
Dr. Klein currently represents UPA on the APA Council of Representatives. She also currently serves as chair of the CAPP Implementation Work Group for Integrating the Diverse Practice Agenda, an advisory group to CAPP on identification and integration of common state and division practice issues.
Dr. Klein is the editor of AAP's quarterly newsletter, the Advance, a capacity in which she has served since 1997. Email -
Michael J. Murphy Ph.D, ABPP
Michael Murphy is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training of the Clinical Psy.D. Program at Indiana State University and a partner of Murphy/Urban Associates Psychological Services in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has serviced on the Board of Indiana Psychological Association as President, Public Policy Chair, federal advocacy coordinator, and Indiana representative to APA Council. He has served as Chair of the Indiana Psychology Political Action Committee. He has served as President and Secretary of the APA Division of Psychologists in Independent, President of the Division of State Provincial and Territorial Associations, and has served on the board of the Division of Psychotherapy.
He has received numerous awards and recognition including: Special Award for Outstanding Achievements in Professional Affairs; the Indiana Psychological Association‘s Gordon Barrow’s Award for Lifetime Achievement; Federal Advocate of the Year Award and the Karl D. Heiser Award for Advocacy from APA; and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from Indiana State University. Email:
Gilbert H. Newman, Ph.D.
Dr. Newman is Director of Clinical Training at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He is responsible for four low-income public training clinics and maintains a private practice. He was President of the California Psychological Association (CPA) in 2006 and currently leads CPA's Division of Clinical and Professional Practice and the CPA Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Committee of State Leaders.
Dr. Newman’s advocacy efforts have focused on numerous scope of practice issues, protecting California’s psychology board, and passage of a clinical supervisor immunity bill. Presently, he is working to expand training and employment opportunities in primary care settings. Dr. Newman served as BEA’s Chair in 2008 and was BEA’s liaison to CAPP in 2007-2008. He has been a Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator since 2001 and has also served as a California’s FAC for practice. Dr. Newman’s honors include the Heiser Award, the BEA Education Advocacy Award, AAP’s Jerry Clark Award and CPA's Silver Psi Award and the CPA Jerry Clark Advocacy Award. Email – .
Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. - Executive Director
Dr. Stephen M. Pfeiffer became the Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP) in 1997, having previously served as a member of its Board of Trustees and as its Newsletter Editor. For three years he served as a consultant to the APA Practice Directorate’s government relations department on matters pertaining to federal advocacy for psychology.
In private practice for nearly twenty years in La Jolla, California, Dr. Pfeiffer worked both as a psychotherapist and as a consultant to corporate clients. He participated in the governance of the Academy of San Diego Psychologists, serving in several capacities, including President. He is the recipient of the APA Karl Heiser Award and the APA Division 42 Distinguished Public Service Award. He is a Fellow of APA’s Division 42, and was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. Email -
Karen Rivard - Administrative Director
Karen Rivard has been the Administrative Director of AAP since 1989 when Dr. Rogers Wright was appointed Executive Director. It was at that time that AAP’s Administrative Office was moved from Washington, D.C. to Colorado Springs. Ms. Rivard is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of AAP which include: maintaining AAP’s membership database, tracking dues payments and PLAN contributions. and filing extensive reports with the Federal Election Commission detailing AAP/PLAN’s (AAP’s political action committee) activities. Email -
Judith Steller, Ph.D. - Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Steller has maintained a private psychology practice in St. Paul, MN for over 25 years. She has been President of the Minnesota State Psychological Association and its Federal Advocacy Coordinator. She was a founding mother of Minnesota Women Psychologists and a Board member of Minnesota Psychologists in Private Practice. She has been a leader in advocating for several state issues important to the profession of psychology. Dr. Steller has actively worked on the participation of psychologists in political fund-raising and advocacy for state legislative and U.S. Congressional candidates. She was one of the writers of APA’s Handbook for Hospital Psychology.
Dr. Steller has received the Karl Heiser Award for Advocacy from APA, the Practice Directorate’s award for leadership in federal advocacy initiatives, and the AAP’s annual advocacy award. Email -