Bloggers

Kim I. MillsKim I. Mills is deputy executive director for public and member communications at APA, a post she has held since 2007. In addition to her other duties, Mills oversees APA’s social media strategy, including this blog and APA’s corporate presence on such sites as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. A former wire service reporter, Mills has more than 30 years’ experience as a communications professional. She holds degrees in biology and journalism.

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Nicole AvenaNicole Avena, PhD, is a research psychologist and neuroscientist in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received her doctorate in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University. Dr. Avena holds a faculty position at the New York Obesity Research Center, Columbia University. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from groups including APA, the New York Academy of Sciences and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She has published over 60 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating. Dr. Avena has also written two books: Why Diets Fail (2014, Ten Speed Press) and What to Eat When You’re Pregnant (2015, Ten Speed Press). Dr. Avena has a blog on Psychology Today, and is active Twitter and Facebook. She enjoys running and spending time at the beach.

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Lisa Bowen is director of public affairs for APA. She began her career as a reporter in her home state of Louisiana, and she loves managing media outreach because APA always has real news to make with its scientific publications and important advocacy work. She spent most of her career directing communications for national and international conservation nonprofits.

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Jamie Chamberlin

Jamie Chamberlin is the senior editor of APA’s two magazines, Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

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Audrey Hamilton

Audrey Hamilton joined APA in 2008 as public affairs associate. A former broadcast news reporter, she handles media requests and writes press releases on research published in APA’s 60+ scholarly journals, as well as about the work APA does for its members and the discipline of psychology. She lives in Northern Virginia with her journalist husband and 2-year-old daughter.

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Gwendolyn Keita

Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD, is executive director of APA’s Public Interest Directorate. As a psychologist, Dr. Keita oversees PI’s mission to apply psychology to the fundamental problems of health, human welfare and social justice, and to promote equitable and just treatment of all segments of society. She also directs initiatives to address discrimination and other inequities for children, women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, older adults, people with disabilities and other underrepresented and underserved groups. Before becoming PI’s executive director, Dr. Keita was director of APA’s Women’s Programs Office. Earlier in her career, she was assistant director for institutional research and testing at the Howard University Counseling Service.

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Sara MartinSara Martin is editor of the APA Monitor on Psychology, APA’s flagship magazine, and gradPSYCH, the magazine for APA’s student members. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and 11-year-old son.

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miller-anna-9750Anna Miller is associate editor of APA’s Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH magazines, a health columnist at The Daily Muse.com and a recent graduate of American University’s interactive journalism master’s program. Her work has been published in the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. For convention-goers seeking tips about DC’s burgeoning nightlife and restaurant scene, ask Anna and you’ll see why she never left the city after moving for a summer internship five years ago.

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Heather Mongilio is an intern with the Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH. She studies journalism and psychology at American University in Washington, D.C., where she will be a senior this fall. Heather is interested in neuroscience and abnormal psychology, especially emotional regulation in schizophrenia. Heather has also worked in the developmental neuroscience lab at AU. 

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Katherine C. Nordal, PhDKatherine C. Nordal, PhD, is executive director of professional practice at the American Psychological Association. Before joining APA in 2008, she was a practicing psychologist in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for more than 30 years. She treated adults, children, teens and families in a number of areas, including stress-related disorders. Her other interests include learning, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and teens, neuropsychological assessment, brain injury in children and adults, and civil forensic psychology.

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AmyNovotneyAmy Novotney is a former staff writer for APA’s Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH magazines. She now spends her days freelance writing in Chicago, covering psychology, health and aging for APA’s magazines and other publications, and chasing after two active toddlers.

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CedarRienerCedar Riener, PhD, is a cognitive and perceptual psychologist and associate professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College. His research focuses on our perception of the natural world and how the state of our body influences our perception. He also writes for a wider audience, applying research in cognitive science to K-12 educational settings. Dr. Riener blogs about psychology, education and the joys and travails of teaching at a small liberal arts college and is active on Twitter.

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DavidSongcoDavid Songco, PsyD, is a post-doctoral clinician at New Insights, LLC, in Milwaukee and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Songco writes and maintains the blog “Current Insights.” In his spare time, he volunteers for REDgen, a local community coalition promoting resiliency in youth and families. He also is also avid endurance cyclist, yogi and photographer.

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ErlangerTurnerErlanger “Earl” Turner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. He is also a blogger for The Race to Good Health. Dr. Turner conducts research on access to mental health services, ethnic minority mental health, and measurement development. In his spare time, Dr. Turner enjoys writing poetry, running outdoors and spending time with family.

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