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University News | 06.06.18

Voters Elect Adler Faculty Members, Student to Serve on IPA Board

Two Adler University faculty members and one student have been elected to serve on the board for the Illinois Psychological Association in the coming year.

Representatives from the IPA Elections Committee congratulated the newly elected officials in a June 5 announcement. Among them are University core faculty members Cristina Cox, Ph.D., and Joseph Troiani, Ph.D. Voters also selected Chicago Campus Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) student Marc Chaney.

The association’s 10-person board is made up of professionals tasked with representing specific populations or disciplines. Referred to as “sections”, board positions include those for social responsibility; sexual orientation and gender identity; clinical practice; and more.

Cox was elected to serve as board secretary. A professor in the Chicago Campus Psy.D. program, she is also the training director for the juvenile justice division of Adler Community Health Services.

“I am honored to accept this nomination,” she said. “Across various roles, I’m committed to diversity, increasing access to mental health services and the development of the next generation of psychologists.”

Troiani was elected to lead the board’s military psychology section. His responsibilities will include working with the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs. At Adler, he directs the Online Campus’s Master of Arts in Military Psychology program, as well as coordinates the certificate program for substance abuse counseling.

“(This) section includes members of the military along with those working with Veterans either in the public or private sector,” he said. “My goal is to establish meetings, grow membership, and groom future section leadership.”

Chaney will represent IPAGS, the Illinois Psychological Association for Graduate Students. A special interest subsection of the organization, the group is dedicated to promoting graduate students’ clinical and academic training experience; advocating for their professional development during formative training years; informing the professional community about their events and activities; and connecting them with helpful resources and fellow students.

“For the past seven months, I have worked on the IPAGS executive board to help diversify and increase the number of events and programming that we offer to our members,” Chaney said. “I have a strong belief in creating opportunities for professional development in our competitive field and strive to create networks and collaborations among our peers and future colleagues.”

The new board members’ roles are effective immediately.

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