Robert deMayo, Ph.D., associate dean of psychology at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, has been elected president of the 4,000-member California Psychological Association (CPA). The CPA is a non-profit, professional association for licensed psychologists and others affiliated with the delivery of psychological services. Dr. DeMayo was elected by the membership of the CPA and will be serving a three-year term, beginning in January 2013.
DeMayo has held leadership positions in local and state associations for many years, serving previously as president of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists, as well as four terms as chair of the continuing education committee of the CPA.
In his 22 years at the Pepperdine, deMayo has mentored hundreds of master's and doctoral students, who are now practicing psychologists improving the lives of individuals and families throughout California. His experience as a clinical supervisor has inspired him to do research in mood disorders and health psychology. In addition, his research focusing on professional practice issues has led to advances in training psychologists.
In his candidacy statement, deMayo stated that he chose to run for the office of president of the CPA because he believes that this is a critical time for the profession. As a practicing clinician, clinical supervisor, and university professor, he has seen the psychology profession grow and develop in many ways. Dr. deMayo writes that he, "is proud of the manner in which the profession has developed culturally appropriate methods of working with the diverse populations [and] is excited about the potential for psychology to play a central role in the integrated health care system of the future."
Additionally, at the 2012 annual CPA convention in Monterey, California, deMayo, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Division II, Training and Education Division of the CPA. The award was given for his continued involvement and efforts in the training and education of mental health professionals, as well as for his commitment to the advancement of psychology and psychological services.