Dr. Ron Pilato, Antioch University Santa Barbara Chair and Core Faculty of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) was elected President-elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) Board of Directors in an online membership vote. Results were announced Jan. 24, 2017.
The SBCPA is a professional, non-profit organization representing nearly 200 licensed psychologists, psychological assistants, and student members throughout Santa Barbara County. Founded in 1977, the group provides community outreach and support, disaster response, professional education, ethics guidance, and collegial networking for psychologists. It is affiliated with the California Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
For the past 18 months, Dr. Pilato has served as the organization’s Continuing Education Chair, producing an array of professional development salons and a Law and Ethics workshop featuring Dr. Pamela Harmell. He will serve as President-elect through January 2018, when he will assume the group’s helm. His aim is to build on efforts to enhance diversity, visibility, and community engagement for the membership.
“I am looking forward to deepening local community connections and engagement for our profession,” stated Dr. Pilato.
Dr. Sandra Kenny, Core Faculty and Associate Chair of AUSB’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) program, has been appointed SBCPA Continuing Education Chair. Additionally, AUSB PsyD adjunct faculty members Dr. Betsy Bates Freed, Dr. Cecile Lyons, and Dr. Denise Mock are also serving on the board. Dr. Bates Freed will continue her service from last year as Community and Media Relations Chair; Dr. Mock will serve as Social Committee Chair; and Dr. Lyons is continuing her service from last year as Membership Chair.
AUSB faculty have been serving on the local board for many years in various capacities. Dr. Pilato was invited to serve shortly after he joined the AUSB faculty in August 2014.