Thema Bryant-Davis Has Been Named President-Elect of the American Psychological Association

Thema Bryant-Davis, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, has been voted president-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scientific and professional organization. Dr. Bryant Davis is the youngest person to be elected president of the association.

The association has 122,000 members who are clinicians, consultants, educators, researchers, and students. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1892 and chartered in Washington, D.C., the APA strives to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve lives through its 54 psychology subfield divisions. With affiliations in 60 states, territories, and Canadian provincial associations.

“This historic vote means a lot to me as it is an endorsement of my platform, which centers around addressing trauma, loss, and inequities,” said Professor Bryant-Davis. “As a trauma psychologist, I felt this was the right time for me to lead as we seek to address both COVID-19 recovery and racism, as well as other forms of oppression.”

Dr. Bryant-Davis holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Duke University and a master of divinity degree from Pepperdine University.

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  1. Rita H. Burney says:

    So very proud of my sister who has accomplished so much in her time and continues to give back to our society. May she continue to do what she is called to do and we will continue to support her every plan. We have come a distance but need to continue to go forward and with her leadership and enthusiasm we will move on and do for our people what needs to be done. May God continue to bless her and her drive to accomplish even more than she already has. Many blessings and God speed.

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