2018 IPA Elections

President Elect

Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP

Founder & President, SAFE Coalition for Human Rights, President, Mid-America Psychological & Counseling Services, PC, Board of Directors, SCP, APA, Indiana AG Awardee, Voices for Victims 2015, Chair, Women’s Issues Section, IPA. Organizer: SAFE 2018. Chicago


I am touched and honored to be nominated by highly respected peers at IPA for the position of President-Elect. In that capacity, I hope to advance the mandates of IPA and address the issues of combating crimes against humanity which is my life’s work; with those who are disenfranchised in our society. My nonprofit organization was able to develop a human trafficking training module for SAMHSA, work on training 5000 professionals with boots on the ground experience; I will continue to strive to advance that image of psychologists as being accessible, available to the communities we serve, and willing to collaborate and step up to the public platform of advancing psychologists’ roles in the community and in legislation. Our strength as psychologists also lies in our ability to research and implement scientific and evidence-based practices while maintaining an openness to best practices for helping our patients. Academia and clinical practice can have a synergistic relationship that I believe needs enhancement and as a team we can all continue to work towards that common goal. I look forward to continuing to serve IPA and certainly hope to deliver on the expectations of Council and Illinois psychologists. Thank you for the nomination.


Cristina Cox, Ph.D.

Loyola University of Chicago- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; Adler University – Professor and Training Director (Diversity, Child/Adol. Tx. & Supervision); Midwest Psychological Associates – Private Practice, Bilingual assessment and Program Consultation


I am honored to accept this nomination. I am currently serving as Secretary, filling this vacated position, demonstrating my organizational skills, conscientiousness and accuracy in maintaining IPA processes. My 25 years of clinical experience and training/academic work contribute diverse viewpoints and representation of professional psychology to our IPA governance. Across various roles, I’m committed to diversity, increasing access to mental health services and the development of the next generation of psychologists. Also as a Latina, I believe I add a valuable perspective and wish to continue serving you and supporting the growth and respect of our association and profession.


Derek C. Phillips, PsyD

Past service to IPA: Co-Chair of IPAGS and RxP grassroots advocacy; current service includes Associate Chair of the Social Responsibility Section. I am a member of the APA Council of Representatives, past member of APAPO’s CAPP and past ECP Chair in Florida.


Thanks for the opportunity to be an IPA Secretary candidate! I am an Illinois native and early career clinical neuropsychologist at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, a regional, downstate, hospital system. In my “spare” time, I am completing my master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology and sing in a local barbershop chorus. I have been a member of IPA since 2008, was on the IPA Council as IPAGS Co-Chair in 2011-2012, and would very much like to continue to serve the Association as your Secretary. I am a strong proponent of ECP representation in SPTA governance and would appreciate your vote!

IPAGS Chair Elect

Marc Chaney

Illinois Psychological Association for Graduate Students Executive Board Communication Chair; Adler University Recreation & Relaxation organization Co-founder & Co-President; Society for Health Psychology Campus Representative


My name is Marc Chaney and I am running for the Illinois Psychological Association Graduate Student Section Chair-Elect position. For the past seven months, I have worked on the IPAGS executive board to help diversify and increase the number of events and programming that we offer to our members. I have a strong belief in creating opportunities for professional development in our competitive field and strive to create networks and collaborations among our peers and future colleagues. If I am elected Chair-Elect, I will continue to work with students to help prepare us for our future careers.

Health and Rehabilitation Section Chair

Kathy Borchardt, Psy.D.

Psy.D. from ISPP in clinical psychology with a minor in health psychology; Practice neuropsychology and behavioral medicine in medical settings and in private practice; Adjunct faculty at ISPP, teaching assessment, health psychology, CBT & supervised practicum students.


I seek your vote for the Health and Rehabilitation section chair, having 22 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. I have worked within pain, vestibular, bariatric, neurosciences, and physical medicine rehabilitation clinics as a multi-disciplinary team member. My goal is to further motivate IPA members to broaden the integration of clinical psychologists into primary care and medical settings. When elected, I will regularly disseminate information related to health and rehabilitation medicine to section members. My aspiration is to also work towards moving IPA leadership towards maximizing transparency within IPA governance. Thank you!

Women’s Issues Section Chair

Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

Licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy/consultation in private practice. She is on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern, serving on the Selection/Training Committee for the Doctoral Internship, and directing training in ethics.


I would like to engage and grow the membership through identifying and responding to women’s interests, through programs that are inclusive and pluralistic with respect to therapeutic orientation, types of evidence, and theoretical scholarship. I wish to include social events for connecting, and programs broadly related to: (1) helping women and girls (i) overcome negative feelings about the self, stifled voices, and negative internalized models for relationships, while (ii) strengthening their self-worth, authentic voices, self-caretaking, and caring internalized relationship models; and (2) valuing the essential role of reflective caring through the psychotherapeutic relationship in increasing intrapsychic and interpersonal well-being.

Metropolitan Region Representative

Erin Alexander, Psy.D.

MA/PsyD from ISPP, 15+ yrs experience; Private Practice (Chicago); Asst. Psychology & Psychiatry Program Administrator (IL DCFS); Adjunct Prof. (ISPP); Expertise in cultural competence, leadership & professional development, evidence-based trauma informed care


I seek your vote for Metropolitan Region Representative. My intention is to further expand the IPA professional community, increase involvement of psychologist constituents, and provide expanded opportunities for intentional collaboration across IPA sections, within professional expertise and across identities. In 2018, I had the honor of representing IPA as one of three Illinois diversity delegates at the APA Practice Leadership Conference. The experience was both illuminating and energizing. I returned with a deep commitment to support IPA in its efforts to advance the field of psychology by providing education, consultation and advocacy for our members. Thank you for this opportunity!

Metropolitan Region Representative

Alice Bernstein, PhD.

She is a Faculty Member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Past faculty positions include George Williams College, Purdue University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry.


Dr. Bernstein is in full time private practice in the West Loop. This will be her third term as an IPA Council Member. In the past year she organized a conference for the Women’s Section and held a joint event for new members with the Early Career Section. She hopes to continue to defend the value of “talk therapy” through the IPA.

North Region Representative

Co-owns The Lodestone Ctr for Behavioral Health, with 30 staff/5 Chicago-suburban locations. She serves on the HCRC as Chair of the Health Care Reform Subcommittee, the APA CEC & LIWP, teaches, & is an expert on physician wellness, integrated care, & Tourette Syndrome.

Theresa M. Schultz, Ph.D.


My goals as North Region Representative include working together to:

  • Learn about professional resources we have and those we need.
  • Identify needs of those we serve/wish to serve via our scholarly, clinical, and advocacy work.
  • Identify ways to better utilize each other’s skills and talents, for mutual benefit.
  • Articulate priorities for professional development needs.
  • Enhance ways for us to become better known by IPA colleagues and other professionals.
  • Create meaningful outreach/connection opportunities in the North Region, on a regular basis (e.g., Coffee-Bagel Meet & Greets).

Thank you.

South Region Representative

Jeffery S. Kellogg, Psy.D.

Graduate of Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical. 1982; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Jamaica 1973-75; 35 years of independent practice as a Clinical Child Psychologist in rural Southern Illinois.


Representing rural psychologists in the southernmost region of Illinois is my goal. If elected this will be my third term. The past two terms have taught me the incredible investment council members devote to our association and the essential work that is done for all psychologists. Urban and rural practices share many challenges. Working with rural children, teenagers and their families sensitizes me to the unique needs for psychological services in our communities. Access to community services and accepting providers for the LGBTQA+ youth is important to me as is supervising future child psychologist in training with SIU.

Military Psychology Section Chair

Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., CADC

Dr. Joe Troiani is the Director of the M.A. in Psychology with emphasis in Military Psychology with the online campus at Adler University. He is the founder of Military Psychology @ Adler. Commander Troiani served 32 ½ years in the United States Naval Reserves retiring in 2010.


The IPA Military Psychology section is similar to APA’s Division 19 – Society for Military Psychology. The section includes members of the military along with those working with Veterans either in the public or private sector. My goal would be to establish meetings of the section, grow membership, and groom future section leadership.