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Allen and Weiner Elected as APA Representatives


by SIOP Administrative Office

Continuing SIOP’s Advocacy for I-O Psychology

Results of the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives election have been received from the APA office.

SIOP is pleased to announce that Fellows Tammy D. Allen, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida, and Sara P. Weiner, an independent consultant based in Tucson, Arizona, have been elected to serve as APA Council Representatives for Division 14. Read more about the representatives and the Council below.

Allen and Weiner will begin their terms on January 1, 2019, replacing Georgia Chao and Gary Latham, whose terms expire at the end of this year. SIOP’s APA Representatives also serve on the SIOP Executive Board.

The new representatives share the conviction that continued representation for I-O within APA is a vital advocacy role for SIOP.

“APA is a huge and well-respected organization that has influence among policy makers,” Weiner said, “We can continue to leverage APA's influence and reach to publicize the work that I-Os do in organizations so there is a broader understanding that I-Os are the unequivocal experts on facilitating both employee and organizational success.” 

Allen pointed out that, “Based on data from 2015, APA has 117,527 members and affiliates, and an annual budget of around $115 million. They represent psychology on the public stage. However, the vast majority of APA members are health service providers, and much of the focus of APA advocacy and education is geared toward this sector of their membership. Consequently, the science and practice of I-O psychologists often goes unrecognized, underappreciated, and/or misunderstood.”

She maintains that “A strong partnership with APA can help bring to the fore the distinct expertise of I-O psychologists and the contributions that we make to psychological science, evidence-based practice, and to solving problems of importance in society.” 

Weiner added, “Given the number of hours most people spend at a job each week, the work that I-Os do affects most aspects of people's lives including their psychological well-being, the well-being of their families, and their relationships and interactions within their communities. That said, the public often associates psychology only with clinical work. As members of the Council of Representatives, we have the opportunity to influence the education efforts and funding allocations to promote the benefits that I-Os can provide. “

The APA Council of Representatives is composed of representatives of divisions; representatives of state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs); and the members of the Board of Directors. Council is the legislative body of APA and has full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the association within the limitations set by the certificate of incorporation and the bylaws, including the power to review, upon its own initiative, the actions of any board, committee, division, or affiliated organization.

Tammy Allen is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. Her research expertise includes work–family issues, career development, organizational citizenship, and occupational health.

Her research has been recognized through awards from journals such as Personnel Psychology and from organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development and the Academy of Management. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Society for Human Resources Foundation.

Tammy has served as an action editor and on the editorial board of a variety of journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS. She is current president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and a past president of SIOP.

Sara P. Weiner has deep expertise in employee survey research, and specifically employee engagement, helping executives and managers to make sound, data-driven business decisions about their workforce. She has published many articles and book chapters and has dozens of presentations at international conferences on the factors that lead to the attraction and retention of top talent and improved business outcomes.

Sara was principal consultant on Glint’s People Science team responsible for thought leadership, content design, and consulting with senior executives using people-analytics and continues as principal people science advisor for Glint’s ongoing research and consulting on engagement and performance.

Previously Sara served as the North American consulting leader in IBM/Kenexa and spent 16 years on IBM’s Workforce Research team as an internal consultant to IBM’s senior leaders.

Sara received her doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and is a Fellow of SIOP. She is also on the advisory board for the University of Arizona Psychology Department.