Psynopsis issue on Health Provider Wellness: Call for Submissions

Psynopsis is calling for articles on Health Provider Wellness. We would like to focus on the broad array of health care providers, therefore articles relating to psychologists’ well-being are welcome, but research, commentaries and initiatives with other health care workers (for ex., physicians, nurses, pharmacists) are also of interest, especially if the research findings or strategies could help inform the practice of psychologists with these specific populations. You can also describe your experience offering services to health care workers, lessons learned and important contributions psychology can make.

Please submit your 400-900 word articles by January 31, 2022.

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Two new CPA Sections – Black Psychology and Psychology Careers and Professionals

The CPA is excited to announce the that two new sections have received Board approval. The Section on Black Psychology, led by founding Chairs Kafui Sawyer and Anita Shaw, sees its mission as promoting and advancing practitioners, educators, students, and scientists of psychology who identify as Black and who are concerned about psychology-related issues that impact Black people. The purpose of the Psychology Careers and Professionals Section, led by founding Chair Shahnaz Winer, is to create a professional home and area within the CPA for individuals who have pursued careers in the field of psychology that are outside of the academic and healthcare delivery settings, while also providing mentorship to CPA students and members interested in pursuing and learning more about the various career options available to psychology graduates. For more information on both sections please visits the Sections page here:

Welcome Kerri Ritchie, Ph.D., C.Psych., CPA President-Elect

Dr. Kerri Ritchie

The CPA is happy to announce that Kerri Ritchie, Ph.D., C.Psych., has been elected by the CPA board as President for 2022-2023. Dr. Ritchie will serve as President-Elect between now and the Annual General Meeting, at which point she will replace current president Professor Ada Sinacore. While all members of the Board are elected by the membership, the President is elected by the Board. Dr. Ritchie’s appointment resulted from a process inviting all members of the Board to submit a candidacy statement to the Board for consideration. After a review, the Board voted to elect Dr. Ritchie from among the candidates.

Dr. Ritchie is a bilingual psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in Counseling, Clinical and Health Psychology. She has worked at The Ottawa Hospital since 2001, where she currently provides frontline clinical services on the inpatient surgical, medical, oncology, and obstetrical services. She has been the Director of Training of the accredited psychology internship program since 2008. Her research is in the area of staff and physician wellness in health care. She is also a clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Ritchie says,

“I have had the privilege of being involved with members of CPA and in various ways including membership in the Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Sections, Chair of the Education and Training Committee, Co-Chair of the Human Rights and Social Justice Committee. Chair of the Medical Assistance in Dying Practice Guidelines, and co-chair of the Title working groups. I have served on CPAs board both as a partner representative (CCPPP) and, currently, as the Director Representing Education.

Our discipline is diverse, and across all of the areas of psychology we have rich, multifaceted, and essential roles to play. I am hoping my experiences within CPA and within my workplace have positioned me to work with the Board and the CPA staff to support our members and our profession during this truly unique time in our history.”

Congratulations Dr. Ritchie, we look forward to your leadership and collaboration in the coming year.


Launch of Members Only Advocacy Toolkit for Psychology

In addition to the advocacy work that the CPA undertakes on your behalf, the Association strongly believes it is important to invest in, and equip, our members and affiliates with the knowledge, strategies and tools they need to be an effective advocate. For this reason, the CPA has created the Very Involved Psychologist (VIP) and Very Involved Psychological Researcher (VIPR) program. As part of that program, we have developed a toolkit to assist members in building their advocacy skill set and/or confirming their approach.

Non-Members can read more about the toolkit here –

Members can access the toolkit by signing into the CPA’s Members Only site here –

Now receiving abstracts for Development 2022

Development 2022, a Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology hosted by the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development, will precede the CPA’s Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on June 15th – 16th, 2022. Abstracts for Development 2022 can be submitted via the following link, beginning October 1st: Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022.

Call for Nominations for a Delegate to the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

Individuals attend the formal meetings of the IUPsyS (held every two years) and vote for Canada at these meetings. Term is 4-years from 2022 – 2026, effective June 2022. Nominees must be CPA Members/Fellows in good standing.

Deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2022.

Click here for more information on the IUPsyS, delegate responsibilities, criteria for nomination, and on how to submit nominations.