Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP
For APA President
Leadership and Collaborations as Citizen Psychologists

Psychology is every day in almost every way. Psychological practice, science, education and policy encompass and enhance the human experience. The discipline of psychology should have a presence in the room, at the table and often at the head of the table in making policy decisions. Seeking collaborations for the inclusion of psychological science and practice first in health care and in advancing human welfare; second in education, research, social policy initiatives; and third at the community level to foster inclusion of the discipline in multiple venues does matter. Having a presence at many tables enhances the role of psychology and supports the focus on APA becoming more nimble in responding to crucial societal issues. Our field has the ability to make a difference every day in almost every way and we must take the lead in doing so.

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP - BIOGRAPHY

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. At Children's Hospital, Boston, she is Director of Training in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) Training Program in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Also, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Boston University.

In 1993 as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists, she proposed that the Board consider passing regulations requiring both instruction and training about people of color in order to be licensed as a private practitioner in Massachusetts. After public hearings, the regulations passed. Massachusetts continues to be the only state with such regulations. In recognition of her reorganization of the Board and the passage of these regulations, she received the 1993 Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Ezra Saul Psychological Service Award, the 1995 Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women’s Courage of Conviction Award and the 1999 Heiser Award from APA..

In the American Psychological Association (APA), she is the first African American elected to the position of member-at-large on the APA Board of Directors. While on the BOD, she initiated the formation of a Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents. The TF Report: Resilience in African American Children and Adolescents: A Vision for Optimal Development has been widely distributed and well-received. She has served as president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (SWP-Division 35) and a member of the Task Force on Adolescent Girls, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (the Practice Directorate Board), the Council of Representatives (chairing the Women’s Caucus, the Public Interest Caucus and the Education and Training Caucus), the Ethics Code Task Force, and the APA Finance Committee.. In addition, she has been the senior member of the Early Career Psychologist Task Force and Chair of the APA Presidential Centering on Mentoring Task Force.

As president of SPW in 2002, she formed two task forces: Early Career Psychologists and Adolescent Girls. Both are now standing committees in the division. She also founded a mentoring group for early career women psychologists of color who had been identified as potential leaders. The mentors were senior women of color who had been leaders in SWP. Several of the women have become leaders in APA, in other professional organizations and at their respective universities or work sites. Finally, she implemented a leadership model used in Division 17—the monthly leadership telephone call involving the president, past president and president-elect in order to provide mutual support.

For many years, Dr. Daniel has been concerned about the small number of research psychologists who are persons of color. With a vision of a mentoring program for women of African descent, in 1999 she was successful in pursuing funding from the National Institute of Health, the Kellogg Foundation and Harvard Medical School for the Next Generation Program, an ethnically based mentoring program for early career women of color who are committed to research careers that focus on adolescents. The NG Women’s achievements include the following: three are recipients of K Career Awards, one is the recipient of a RO1 award, one is a full professor, three are associate professors and two are employed at major policy-research institutions (Institute of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control).

She is a founding faculty member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP). Her presentations have focused on mentoring (individual and networks), advocating for oneself and diversity issues.

In 2009, 2011 and 2013, she served as a faculty member of the Diversity Leadership Development Workshop, an initiative of Division 31 (APA Division for State Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs). The workshops are held prior to the annual APA State Leadership Conference. The participants are racial/ethnic minority psychologists who are interested in becoming leaders in their respective SPTPAs (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations). Dr. Daniel’s presentations have focused on negotiation skills, mentoring, and racial-ethnic identity development issues in the context of organizational cultures.

Her career has primarily focused on instruction, training and mentoring. Dr. Daniel’s contributions as a mentor were recognized by Harvard Medical School in 1998 when she received the prestigious A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award—the first woman, the first person of color and the first psychologist to be so honored. She is the recipient of mentoring awards from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (1999), the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (2003) and the Society for the Psychology of Women (2006). Beginning in 2007, the latter award was re-named the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award. She also received the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois-Urbana, the 2002 APA Distinguished Award for Education and Training, the 2004 MPA Kenneth D. Herman, PhD, JD Career Contribution Award, the 2006 APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) Award for Excellence in Psychology Diversity Training, the 2008 APA CWP (Committee on Women in Psychology) Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award, the 2010 Caldwell-Colbert Clinical Educator Award (APA Society of Clinical Psychology), and the 2010 Ivan Mensh Award for Distinguished Teaching (Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers). In 2010, she received the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award in recognition of her several instructional and training programs that address diversity issues at Children’s Hospital. She is a 2011 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Trust Award which honors inspirational professors. Also in 2011, she received the Samuel M. Turner Mentoring Award from Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities) in Division 12, The Society of Clinical Psychology. Finally, in 2012, she received the Stephen D. Hayes Community Service and Teaching Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

She is an APA fellow.



Leadership Initiatives (Past)
Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)—Leadership Program for Women

Leadership Initiatives (Current)
LIWP –Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology—Member Executive Committee & Founding Faculty Member)
Diversity Leadership Initiative—SLC and Division 31—Faculty Member