Shortly after the Fall convention three candidates applied for the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) position that opened up when Dr. Lucy Homans’ announced her retirement in October. The selection committee interviewed three candidates early in December and made their recommendation to the board for approval the following week.
In the post interview discussions, it became clear that candidate that had the knowledge and passion for WSPA was Samantha Slaughter, Psy.D, and her various leadership roles made her the correct choice to become our new DPA.
Dr. Slaughter joined WSPA in 2006 as a student and quickly began to become involved on various committees and served in a number of leadership positions for WSPA. She was a member of Labor and Industries committee on Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement and urged WSPA to endorse the idea of Medicaid paying for services provided by trainees. She has served as a WSPA Trustee and Board Secretary, and most recently she has chaired the WSPA Advisory Committee and received several Washington Psychologist awards.
For the past six years she has served as our Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC) where she collaborated closely with Dr. Lucy Homans. As FAC she began to understand how state and federal laws, policies and regulations impact practice issues in psychology.
As DPA, her focus will be to serve as the primary contact and resource for Premium and Platinum level WSPA members who have professional practice questions. She will be the liaison between WSPA and other professional associations, governmental agencies, managed care companies, and other health care entities to advocate and move forward WSPA’s agenda, strategic goals, and interests on behalf of psychologists. She will regularly monitor and stay abreast of a wide range of issues in health care at the state and national levels that are of interest to psychologists and/or have potential impact on the profession of psychology. Additional duties will be to stay informed about all relevant legislation and policy matters and collaborates with other associations, groups, and entities regarding specific bills that are of interest to WSPA.
To contact Dr. Slaughter, her email as DPA is DPA@WSPApsych.org.