CSUSB Professor Elected President Of The Western Psychological Association

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– – Cal State San Bernardino psychology professor Jodie Ullman has been elected president-elect of the Western Psychological Association. She will take office on April 28 during the association’s annual conference.

Ullman, who currently serves as chair of the university’s Faculty Senate and is director of the psychology department’s master’s program in general experimental psychology, will serve as the association’s president-elect for one year, then as president for one year and then as past-president for one year.

The Western Psychological Association covers the western United States including Hawaii and Canada.

“I never in a million years ever thought I would be elected WPA president! I gave my first presentation as a student at a WPA convention,” Ullman said. “I can trace my entire career with the WPA.”

“We’re proud of Jodie for her accomplishments and all that she contributes to the university and her profession. She is an exceptional member and leader of the CSUSB faculty and an exemplary representative of Cal State San Bernardino,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales.

Robert Ricco, the chair of the university’s psychology department called the honor “a huge accomplishment for Jodie and the CSUSB community.”

“The WPA is an important professional organization for academic psychologists and has an extensive membership and prestigious history. Some truly major psychologists have served as president. Jodie is a great choice for this honor,” Ricco said. “As an internationally known quantitative psychologist, she has lent her expertise to countless statistical workshops and training opportunities offered by WPA over the years and she has contributed to the success of the organization in many ways. Our department is very proud of her.”

Ullman’s primary teaching responsibilities are graduate-level statistics courses in the psychology department, specializing in applied multivariate statistics, particularly structural equation modeling and multilevel methods. She was honored late last summer with the 2012 Western Psychological Association Outstanding Teaching Award, largely because of her approach to teaching the difficult subject of statistics.

She has coordinated an annual series of workshops by the WPA, which are designed to help instructors  “brush up” on their statistical skills and understanding, and to teach them new methods and ways of thinking about statistical methods in psychology.

She was also honored with the prestigious fellow status in the American Psychology Association in recognition of her teaching and writing, which has had a national impact in the field of psychology. Ullman serves on the APA Board of Educational Affairs.

Her writing has been cited more than 950 times and is required reading at more than 40 universities in the United States.

Ullman has also been invited to teach graduate level courses on structural equation modeling and multilevel methods modeling, as well as other advanced statistics at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate School and Loma Linda University.

She also serves on the California State Online Advisory Board that is responsible for Cal State Online system-wide online degree programs across the system’s 23 campuses.

Ullman joined Cal State San Bernardino in 1996. She earned her doctorate in quantitative psychology at UCLA in 1997. Ullman also serves on the American Psychology Association Board of Educational Affairs and has been a member of APA since she was a graduate student in 1992.

The Western Psychological Association was founded in 1921 for the purpose of stimulating the exchange of scientific and professional ideas and, in so doing to enhance interest in the processes of research and scholarship in the behavioral sciences.

Membership in the Western Psychological Association is open to both students and professionals who wish to support these goals and who would like to be a part of the network that we have created to further them.

For more information on the Western Psychological Association, visit the WPA website at http://www.westernpsych.org/.

For a digital image of Jodie Ullman or for more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.

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