Susan Whitbourne, professor of pyschological and brain science and direcor of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement in Commonwealth Honors College, was elected president of the Eastern Psychological Assosciation (EPA). Whitbourne has been a member of the association for 25 years. The EPA is the largest regional pyscholgiocal association in the US.
Whitbourne's research focuses on midlife and aging, being board certified in geropsychology. She currently serves as the primary investigator of a 50 year long logintudinal study of psychological development. She is the author of more than 160 articles and book chapters as well as 18 books.
In a univeristy press release, Whitbourne said, "We must... encourage early career psychologists to take advantage of EPA’s strengths in bringing together, in one regional association, clinicians and psychology graduate and undergraduate students."
She also explained, "I value teamwork and collaboration; I believe I have gained a unique perspective that will inform and enrich my work as EPA president. I am delighted to have received this honor from my colleagues in the region."
Whitbourne earned her B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a fellow of EPA and the APA, as well as the Association for Psychological Science, and is a current member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs.