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Robert A. deMayo, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Dean, Professor, and M.A. Psychology Program Director

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. deMayo is President-Elect of the California Psychological Association. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. He also is past chair of the Division of Education and Training of the California Psychological Association and served four terms as chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the California Psychological Association. He was honored in 2012 with the Distinguished Service Award, Division II, Education and Training, California Psychological Association, and in 2006 with the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession of Psychology Award by the California Psychological Association.

Dr. deMayo has extensive experience in teaching and supervision, and prior to coming to Pepperdine was awarded the Shepherd Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Psychology Department. Dr. deMayo has research interests in the areas of mood disorders, professional practice issues, and health psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and remains active in clinical practice. He is also program director for the Master of Arts in Psychology program. As a candidate for President-Elect of the California Psychological Association. Dr. deMayo presented the candidacy statement below.

I chose to run for the office of President-elect of the California Psychological Association because I believe this is an extraordinarily critical time for our profession. As a practicing clinician, clinical supervisor, and university professor for many years, I have seen our profession grow and develop in many truly inspirational ways. I am proud of the manner in which our profession has developed multiculturally responsive methods of working with the diverse populations we serve. I am excited about the potential for Psychology to play a central role in the integrated health care system of the future. Yet, I am also concerned that as a profession we may choose to ignore the many challenges we are facing and allow other health care professions to shape the health care landscape in a way that will marginalize Psychology.

As President, I will work hard on the following initiatives:

  1. Promote the centrality of Psychology in the Integrated Health Care system of the future. I will advocate forcefully for Psychology as we encounter an ever changing landscape in the way health care services are delivered and supported. I will support efforts of psychologists to practice across the full spectrum of our licensure.
  2. Develop closer relationships among Chapters and Divisions. Our local chapters and CPA Divisions are doing extraordinary work. We need to increase the communication between chapters and divisions to potentiate the effectiveness of our collective efforts.
  3. Increase membership of CPA. A relatively small percentage of licensed psychologists in this state belong to CPA. As Chair of a large academic Psychology department, I understand the importance of organizing talented individuals in a collective effort. We need to continue the recent efforts of CPA to increase membership by creating increased value for members and impressing upon our members what membership in professional associations can do to enhance professional success.
  4. Solidify the role of CPA in legislative advocacy. As a long-time member of CPA, I have seen how CPA's efforts can shape legislation which impacts all of us. I will work with our staff to strengthen CPA's Advocacy and Leadership Conference.
  5. Strengthen member services. CPA members must feel they are getting their money's worth to join and retain their membership. I will work to strengthen the service provided to members.
  6. Promote diversity in CPA. I believe that the increasing diversity of our profession is one of our greatest strengths. I would like to broaden the appeal of our association and ensure that the membership and leadership reflects the diverse state we serve.
  7. Support students and early career psychologists. I am amazed by the intelligence and passion to serve of the current generation of students and early career psychologists. I will actively support our CPAGS student group. It is crucial that doctoral students and early career psychologists understand the power of professional advocacy and the importance of their participation in professional associations.
  8. Encourage collaboration between CPA and academic programs. To grow CPA, we need to connect more effectively with the academic institutions at which psychologists receive their training. We need to bridge the gap between practicing clinicians and academic psychologists.


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