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.