CSUSB Professor Named Chair of APA Board Of Educational Affairs


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Jodie Ullman, a professor of psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, has been named chair of the Board of Educational Affairs for the American Psychological Association.

Ullman, whose one-year term begins on Jan. 1, 2014, is the director of the CSUSB psychology department’s master’s program in general experimental psychology and had recently served as chair of the university’s Faculty Senate.

Currently a member of the American Psychological Association’s educational affairs board, Ullman is also the president-elect of the Western Psychological Association and will assume the presidency in April 2014.

“I am deeply honored, and really surprised, to be elected chair of the APA Board of Educational Affairs,” Ullman said. “The initiatives that are addressed by this board are just so interesting. I continue to be just fascinated by the scope of our projects. We have programs for high school teachers of psychology as well as initiatives for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in psychology. Additionally, federal advocacy work for funding for various campus mental health initiatives is an increasingly important and interesting activity for the board and the entire APA Education Directorate.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales said he is pleased and yet not surprised by the news.

“We are delighted for Jodie. Once again she has shown how she is an outstanding contributor to her professional field, as well as a respected member and leader of the Cal State San Bernardino faculty,” Morales said. “She will be an exceptional representative of Cal State San Bernardino.”

The APA Board of Educational Affairs covers educational policy and issues in psychology from high school through accreditation through continuing education.

The APA’s Education Directorate board seeks to advance education and training in psychology and the application of psychology to education and training. The mission of APA is to advance the science and practice of psychology for the benefit of the public through educational institutions, programs and initiatives.

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

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

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.

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 has been a member of APA since she was a graduate student in 1992.

For more information, visit the American Psychological Association website at http://www.apa.org, and the APA Board of Educational Affairs website at  http://www.apa.org/ed/governance/bea/.


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