Election 2024

This page contains information to help familiarize the members with the candidates running for office in the 2023-2024 election. Click the link at end of page to vote. 

Office of the President-elect

Sandra Roland, PhD

Running Unopposed

Office of the Secretary

Elizabeth Olson, PhD

Running Unopposed

Roland
Dr Olson
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About the Candidate

About the Candidate

Why are you running for this office: Running for this office is a way to give back to the profession and help maintain an organization that is important to our community.

 
What makes you a good fit? Describe skills: I have a successful career that has spanned three different environments of psychological work (education, hospital, and private practice) and within each environment, different specialities. I am a continuing education nerd and always have more than is needed. I am board certified which my set a good example for others to pursue.

 
How have your past experiences prepared you for this role: I have been an International Officer with Alpha Delta Pi Sorority for more than 15 years. In that role I have led teams ranging from 15-45. I have been on numerous committees, as well as thee Strategic Leadership Team. Also see the answers above and below.

 
Have you ever held office on a board:  Yes. I was President and Vice President of the Galaxy Counseling Center Board of Directors. I was also a state board member for the Texas Association of Psychologists (TASP).

                                                            
Do you consider yourself a good leader: Yes, I have had years of training and experience leading volunteers, and colleagues in my professional life. I have experience as a supervisor and mentor to students and young professionals. Previous staff often commented on my leadership skills.

 
How do you handle complex problems: Calmly and transparently. I go directly to the source of the problems to understand the entire situation and then help guide the persons involved to a solution.

 
Do you prefer to work on your own or collaboratively: I feel comfortable in either role, but working collaboratively usually has better outcomes.

What makes you feel appreciated: Being thanked and acknowledged for the time spent. 

 

How much time per week will you dedicate to your role: The amount of time it will take. When I accept a responsibility, I give it my all.

Why are you running for this office: I would like to contribute, but with the number of other commitments I have, I believe this office would be manageable. I like taking notes during meetings and organizing documents. I appreciate having a clear, organized agenda and communication. Being part of Executive Committee would enable me to network more with CCPA members and further the role of psychology in Texas.

What makes you a good fit? Describe skills: Juggling teaching in a PsyD program, private practice, and volunteer work, while balancing family life, I feel that my organization and prioritization skills are an asset for this position. I feel I am an effective communicator and also appreciate feedback from others with how to do things better.

How have your past experiences prepared you for this role: I have led and grown an internship program, interact with students and professionals daily so I am adept at consultation and communication, and I have served on committees at my university and in previous employment settings.

Have you ever held office on a board:  no                                                       

Do you consider yourself a good leader: yes

How do you handle complex problems: As a psychologist, we should never be on an island alone; therefore, I am always consulting with colleagues, referring to our ethics code, and engaged in self-reflection. I work hard to keep the focus on what is best for the client, in this case the association, rather than allow personal biases and feelings interfere with decision-making.

Do you prefer to work on your own or collaboratively: Both, depending on the task. I like to collaborate and get ideas and feedback, but when a task needs to get done, sometimes I work more efficiently on a specific individual task, rather than “group projects”. When there are tasks needing to be a group project, sometimes it can be helpful to divide it by people’s individual strengths or interests, while collaborating on the final product as we go along.

What makes you feel appreciated: Receiving positive feedback, a “thank you”, having my ideas implemented when possible

How much time per week will you dedicate to your role: It will likely vary depending on the demands of the role (e.g., if there is a CCPA meeting that week), but I would assume it will require 1-5 hours per week.

Candidate Bio

Candidate Bio

I am Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. I am licensed in the State of Texas as a Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in school Psychologist.  I have spent over 25 years working with children, adolescents, and their families. I worked 16 years in a local school district as the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology as well as the Director of Evaluation and Compliance. From 2011-2017, I was the Director of the Psychology Department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. I left the hospital to focus on my specialty of psychological evaluation. 

 

Clinically, my areas of interest include autism spectrum evaluation, cognitive evaluation, educational evaluation, ADHD, and mood disorder evaluation.  Young children are my favorite age group, but I have experience working with all ages. I continue to work with local school districts with different types of evaluations for their students. In the forensic field, I complete court-involved psychological and psycho-educational evaluations as well as child custody and adoption evaluations. I am available for educational consultation services as well. 

Dr. Olson is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology (school psychologist). She earned a BS in psychology with honors from the University of Iowa and her PhD in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. She has worked extensively in public schools with children from preschool through high school. In addition to conducting psychological assessments, counseling, and consultation with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals, Dr. Olson has supervised interns in an APA-accredited program, and coordinated an internship program, supervising both doctoral and specialist-level students.

Additional experiences have included conducting comprehensive multidisciplinary team autism assessments, working with adolescent boys with behavioral disorders in a residential treatment program, evaluating preschoolers in a Head Start program, and evaluating children and adolescents in private practice. Of particular interest is working with adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges. One of the benefits of working in public schools is coming into contact with people from very diverse backgrounds and abilities, and continuing to expand her knowledge and experiences working with diverse populations is also a focus.

Currently, Dr. Olson runs the Child Lab on the Dallas campus, connecting students with opportunities to work with children and adolescents in schools. These experiences recently included working with small groups of elementary-aged students on emotional regulation, self-esteem, and anger management, as well as providing psychoeducation to parents and teachers as part of a grant. Additionally, she volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), working with children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

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