PIAC Committee Chair: Rebecca Ready, PhD
The Division 40 PIAC is overseen by a chairperson (currently Dr. Rebecca Ready) who manages the activities of three subcommittees, including Ethics, Ethnic & Minority Affairs, and Women in Neuropsychology, five Division 40 liaisons to APA Committees, and a set of ad hoc advisors. Details regarding the mission and goals of PIAC are provided below.
Division 40 PIAC facilitates the public education mission of Division 40 and communicates with other professions, psychologists, and the public with the following goals:
Goal 1. Advance the general awareness of the scientific study and clinical application of brain-behavior relationships.
Goal 2. Develop materials for the membership, for other professions, and to the general public as to the above.
Goal 3. Function as liaisons to other professions and to the general public in this regard.
Goal 4. Address public interest issues that are raised by the membership.
Goal 5. Work with the APA Public Interest Directorate on issues that relate to clinical neuropsychology.
Goal 6. Use the division’s communication resources to inform the membership in a timely manner of public interest-related issues and developments.
Division 40’s PIAC mission is well-aligned with the mission of APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, which encourages the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well-being.
In particular, Division 40 PIAC works to enhance scientific understanding and training to professional aspects pertaining to culture, class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and discrimination, and to support improving educational training opportunities for all.
Rebecca (Becky) Ready, Ph.D.
Dr. Ready is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and is an associate member of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the Division Head and Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Ready studies the interface between cognition and emotion in normal aging and in older adults suffering from neurodegenerative disease and mild cognitive impairment. She also studies doctoral training models in professional psychology, with an emphasis on assessment.She mentors doctoral students and undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Ready has co-authored over 58 articles and chapters. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Massachusetts Office of Research, and the CHDI foundation. Dr. Ready obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa. She also completed a clinical internship and two-year clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Ready is board-eligible and in the process of obtaining ABCN certification.