Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2022 CCPA Executive Committee Elections! We had a great turnout! 81% of eligible voters cast a vote! Thank you for your participation. A very special thanks to all the candidates for volunteering their time and stepping up to run for office.

The Ballot Initiatives both passed; the Student Representative measure received 97% of the votes, and the revision to the C&B attained 100% in favor.

Congratulations to our newest Executive Committee members!

CCPA's New President Elect

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Teresa Collins-Jones



Dr. Teresa Collins-Jones is the Department Chair of the Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program on the Dallas Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance, with a concentration in Marital and Family Therapy, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, with an emphasis in Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology. She also participated in an advanced academic training program in child abuse and neglect (Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition, Dr. Collins-Jones completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Predoctoral Internship in Pediatric Psychology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She has served in a diverse array of professional roles, both academic and clinical including working as a psychologist for the National Health Service Corps in a frontier area, as a school psychologist in Utah and Texas, and as a faculty member, Department Chair, and Associate Dean of Online Academic Operations for a university. Most recently, she worked at a local children’s hospital in their Department of Psychology as a pediatric psychologist and Director of Training. She has a private practice specializing in the psychological treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with co-occurring medical diagnoses. Dr. Collins-Jones teaches courses in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Assessment, Health Psychology, and Pediatric Psychology.

Dr. Collins-Jones also has a strong track record of scholarly activity having presented at national and international conferences as well as having her work published in peer reviewed journals.

CCPA's New Secretary

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Candace Genest



Dr. Candace Genest, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Genest is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation and Therapy Services, specializing in evaluations in children and adolescents with Autism as well as other developmental and neurological conditions. Her clinical and research interests include outcomes in rehabilitation for acquired brain injury and differential diagnosis of Autism in the context of complex medical and developmental disorders.