Section on Ethnic Minority Affairs (SEMA)

Our Vision:

IPA’s Section on Ethnic Minority Affairs (SEMA) will be a space where the unique needs, lived experiences and expertise of ethnic minorities of color are honored, valued and respected. SEMA is an open and inclusive space. Our membership will include psychologists and graduate students who are active, well-informed and passionate about improving the overall health and wellness of people of color in Illinois, nationally and globally.

Our Purpose:

1. To promote scientific understanding of the roles of race, culture and ethnicity in psychology.
2. To educate psychologists and students of all backgrounds about the psychological needs and
experiences of ethnic minorities of color.
3. To support the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) in its efforts toward diversity,
equity, and inclusion.
4. To support IPA in its efforts to recruit, retain and meaningfully engage psychologists and
students of color.
5. To advocate for the perspectives and values of psychologists and students of color to IPA’s
Executive Committee and Council of Representatives.
6. To maintain mutually supportive and beneficial relationships with other groups of psychologists
of color and their professional organizations.
7. To assist IPA’s Executive Committee and Council of Representatives in maintaining
communications related to people of color with the association’s membership as well as the
community at large.
8. To encourage collection and dissemination of information relevant to students and psychologists
of color.
9. To support IPA in its efforts to advance the practice of psychology.
10. To model collaboration and inclusivity in all of our endeavors.
11. To acknowledge and honor the wisdom and experience of our ancestors, mentors, teachers,advocates and pioneer psychologists of color.

If our vision and purpose resonate with you, please join us! You may join our section as you submit or renew your IPA membership. If you have any questions about the process, please contact our Executive Director, Marsha Karey at 312-372-7610 x201 or

If you would like to learn more about Section on Ethnic Minority Affairs, please contact the current Section chair, Dr. Erin Alexander at

IPA Graduate Student Section (IPAGS)

The Illinois Psychological Association for Graduate Students (IPAGS) is a special interest subsection of the IPA organization. IPAGS is dedicated to the promotion of graduate students’ clinical and academic training experience, the advocacy of graduate students’ professional development during their formative training years, informing the professional community of graduate student events and activities, and connecting graduate students in Illinois with other graduate students and resources. We at IPAGS aim to educate ethically-minded future psychologists through discussion of clinical issues and legal concerns through programming. IPAGS develops psychologically-relevant programming aimed at educating on current clinical topics, targeting social inequalities, and generating dialogue on best practices and competency development. IPAGS also encourages the building of professional relationships by networking psychologists working in the field with graduate students. IPAGS hopes to foster competent future psychologists by cultivating an environment of learning, connectedness, and professionalism.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member, IPAGS can be reached via email at You can keep up to date on IPAGS information via Twittter at @IpagsSection or Facebook at

Military Psychology Section

The Military Psychology Section is aimed towards the field of psychology working with the United States Military, Veterans, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This section focuses on a variety of military psychological issues and current related activities that take place in Illinois. The section helps by assisting in educating civilian, enlisted and commissioned officer psychologists through advocacy, education, holding workshops, working collaboratively with other local military associations and organizations, policy and legislation, and providing IPA presence at military/veteran conventions in Illinois.

Membership of the Military Section is open to all members of IPA including student members and leaders.

IPA Early Career Section

The Early Career Section is open to all IPA members who are within seven years of obtaining their doctorate degree. Activities include mentoring, networking, and workshops geared to assist the entry level professional.

In order to receive our emails and newsletters directly, join the ECP Section listserve by contacting Terry Koller, Ph.D., ABPP, IPA Executive Director at 312-372-7610 x202 or

Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology

Welcome to the new Health & Rehabilitation Section!

The purposes of this Section shall be:

  1. To promote the education of psychologists in the areas of behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, geriatric psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and health psychology;
  2. To inform the professional community about activities related to these five areas of psychology;
  3. To inform psychologists about areas of pertinent and related research;
  4. To advocate for the appropriate, ethical, and informed psychological services to those dealing with issues concerning these 5 areas of psychology.

This Section shall exist for psychologists and students of psychology who may be interested in applying psychological knowledge to the fields of psychology that the Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology Section represents, including the provision of psychological services to consumers who may need these services.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section

The Section on Sexual Orientation Issues shall seek to advance the contribution of psychology in understanding sexual orientation issues, to educate psychologists and the general public in matters of sexual orientation, and to advocate for the provision of ethical and informed psychological services to those dealing with sexual orientation issues.

Social Responsibility Section

Section goals include the promotion of social responsibility for civil and human rights and the values of justice, peace and the public interest within the science, profession, education and training of psychology; the recognition of exemplary achievements of social responsibility in the field; and the maintenance within IPA of a focus and forum in which the relevance of social responsibility for all areas of psychological endeavor can be advanced.

Women’s Issues Section


You may be interested in this statement about the Science Behind Why Women May Not Report Sexual Assault, from APA Dr. President Jessica Henderson Daniel, September 24, 2018.

The mission of the Women’s Issues Section is to promote: (1) the professional interests of women psychologists in IPA, (2) the psychological happiness and well-being of female patients/clients through psychological services, and (3) the psychological happiness and well-being of women in the broader community. We support and empower women to own their own reflective minds, experience stable self-worth, and use their voices. We uphold the broad ranging inclusive ideals related to gender equality in the first, second, third, and fourth waves of feminism, and the lens of multicultural diversity of womanism.

Our mission is pursued through a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Connecting women in the section and IPA, and identifying and addressing issues affecting them
  • Hosting presentations and discussions of broader women’s issues in the community
  • Offering continuing education activities on psychotherapy, psychological services, scholarship, and research
  • Working in liaison with other local and national women’s associations and organizations
  • Proactively advocating for women’s issues as they relate to psychology

Our mission is also pursued through our commitment to certain core values:

  • Inclusion and pluralism in clinical practice, psychotherapeutic orientation, ideas, perspectives, scholarship, training, and research (i.e., including non-reductionism, post-positivism)
  • Respectful, constructive, ethical, caring, relationships in clinical practice, psychotherapy, training, ongoing professional development, and professional collegial relations
  • Diversity and inclusion in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity

Message from the Chair

Welcome! I invite you to join me in standing up for women, inclusiveness, and pluralism at this crucial time. One of the best ways to strengthen women’s voices and be heard is through joining the Women’s Issues Section.

Who Can Join? Anyone interested in furthering the interests of women and our mission regardless of gender/gender identity can join the Women’s Issues Section after having joined IPA as a Member (psychologists), Student Member (graduate or undergraduate) or Affiliate Member (professionals in other fields and the general public). To join, contact: Marsha Karey, IPA Executive Director at 312-372-7610 x201 or

I look forward to getting to know you, and to all that we can accomplish together.

Warmest Regards,

Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

Academic Section

About the Section:

Programmatic goals include the following:

1. Support of more collaborative programs and discourse within IPA regarding the interface of academic and practicing psychologists.

2. Furtherance of dialogue and dissemination of information about changes in training and licensure requirements for psychologists at the state and national levels. This includes movement to change the number of practicum hours required to qualify for predoctoral internships, proposals at the national level to eliminate the post-doctoral training year requirement for licensure in all states, proposals to offer a transitional/temporary license in IL to post-docs which would allow for billing and reimbursement of services (a movement I will actively support) and APA’s prioritization of a shift of licensure title from Clinical Psychologist to Health Service Psychologist within the broader focus on Integrative Health Care.

3. Promotion of best practices in facilitating difficult but constructive dialogues regarding multicultural diversity in the classroom and on campuses.

4. Advocacy for enhanced funding for IL colleges and universities, specifically with regard to scientific research.

5. Collaboration with IPAGS (IPA Graduate Students) and ECPs (Early Career Psychologists) to facilitate entry into the profession.

6. Promotion of excellence and innovation in teaching methods

About the Chair:
Susan S. Zoline, Ph.D., Chair
I am honored to serve as the IPA Academic Section Chair for 2017-2019. As a psychologist with a long history of involvement in both academic and clinical settings, I value the synergy between these settings, and truly believe that each informs the other.

Contact the Chair:
If you wish to become involved in the Academic Section, I welcome your involvement! I may be reached by email at

Clinical Practice Section

About the Section:

Mission & Purpose
The purpose of this Section shall be to advocate for the interests of applied clinical psychology through:

• Advancing the science and profession of clinical psychology to solve practical problems of human behavior and experience.

• Providing support for the section’s Health Care Reimbursement Committee (HCRC), whose goal is to help the IPA membership keep abreast of health care reimbursement-related issues by responding to member questions and concerns and providing educational opportunities to IPA members.

• Educating insurance companies and third-party payer organizations about psychological services via the HCRC.

• Supporting the education and training of clinical psychologists and psychology trainees.

• Furthering collegial relationships within the field of applied clinical psychology and with allied health professions.

• Submission of three annual, measurable section objectives yielding a tangible return for membership dues invested in the section, while simultaneously recognizing members’ generational differences and needs.

• Understanding that the clinical section’s visibility becomes a vehicle to promote IPA’s relevance to psychology practice, yielding maximum annual retention of existing members and expansion of the section.

• Inviting each new IPA member to join the clinical practice section via personal outreach phone call from the chair.

• Using social media tools (e.g. Constant Contact) tools in order to ensure that psychologists are able to engage, connect and communicate with clinical practitioners. It is essential that psychologists be able to identify tangible benefits from belonging to the section.

All activities of the Clinical Practice Section shall conform to the bylaws and policies and procedures of the IPA.

Contact the Chair:
Any IPA member may elect to join the Clinical Practice Section.
You can apply to join this section by contacting the current Clinical Practice Section Chair, Dr. Patricia Farrell at