ECP Committee Updates

Spring 2019: Volume 75, Number 1
By: Andrea Neal, Ph.D., WSPA Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair

The Early Career Psychologist committee continues to strive to provide support for psychologists during their initial years in the field. In February, the committee hosted a panel discussion in downtown Seattle focusing on ways to develop and maintain a sustainable, fulfilling, and successful career.

Three seasoned psychologists whose careers exemplify these qualities were panel members: Tona McGuire,Ph.D. (Eastside Psychological Associates), Stacey Prince, Ph.D. (The Living Room), and Heidi Wasch, Ph.D. (independent private practice). Panelists spoke of their experiences of determining what type of work is important to them and being willing to take risks and, at times, make sacrifices to pursue their professional interests and passions. In addition, panelists shared experiences and advice, such as how creating balance, pursuing interests outside of psychology, and developing a supportive environment of colleagues were activities that have sustained them.

Jayde Pryzgoda, Ph.D., Stacey Prince, Ph.D., Tona McGuire, Ph.D., and Heidi Wasch, Ph.D.

The moderator, Jayde Pryzgoda, Ph.D. (Ma.digan Army Medical Center), in presenting research findings noted that the literature emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and self-monitoring in self-care as a psychologist and also that there can be a variety of self-care strategies that can be effective, rather than one or two that are known to be effective for everyone (Norcross & Guy, 2007). As Dr. Pryzgoda noted, “the best self-care is the kind you do!”.

Recommended Resource:
Norcross, J.C., VandenBos, G.R. (2018). Leaving it at the office: A guide to psychotherapist self-care (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

The WSPA Early Career Psychologist Committee co-chairs Sharon Young and Andrea Neal, invite you to join us for a networking event at Poco Wine & Spirits on Capitol Hill, Seattle. This is a great opportunity to meet other early career psychologists to network, share tips, provide support, and build community. Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or to stay the whole time!

We hope you can join us! This is a no-host event. Please RSVP to or

Date: May 3, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Poco Wine & Spirits on Capitol Hill
1408 E Pine St., Seattle, Washington 98122