APA National Elections

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Voting for the 2015 National Elections closed on Monday, February 2nd at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). The Committee of Tellers approved the following results for the 2015 National Election. Please note that these results are considered public, but not official until approved by the Board of Trustees at their March 14-15 meeting.

 President-Elect Maria A. Oquendo, MD-----WINNER (53.7%)
Barton J. Blinder, MD, PhD (28.3%)
Charles F. Reynolds III, MD (18.0%)
 Secretary Altha J. Stewart, MD-----WINNER (52.8%)
Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD (47.2%)
 Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Trustee-At-Large Lama Bazzi, MD-----WINNER (54.5%)
Paul O'Leary, MD (45.5%)
 Minority/Underrepresented Representative (M/UR) Trustee* Gail Erlick Robinson, MD, DPsych, FRCPC-----WINNER (51.5%)
Curley L. Bonds, MD (48.5%)
 Area 1 Trustee** Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH-----WINNER (53.0%)
Anthony J. Rothschild, MD (47.0%)
 Area 4 Trustee** Ronald M. Burd, MD-----WINNER (62.2%)
Shastri "Swami" Swaminathan, MD (37.8%)
 Area 7 Trustee** Jeffrey Akaka, MD-----WINNER (43.5%; 58.0%)
Annette M. Matthews, MD (32.7%; 42.0%)
Stephen L. Brown, MD (23.9%)
Resident-Fellow Member Trustee-Elect (RFMTE)***                       Stella Cai, MD-----WINNER (36.5%; 54.1%)
Sarah Schmidhofer, MD (33.1%; 45.9%)
Alicia A. Barnes, DO, MPH (30.4%)

 *elected by eligible voters of M/UR Caucus members
**elected by eligible voters of their respective Area
**elected by APA Resident-Fellow Members (RFMs)

The Candidates' Bio/Ballot Booklet for the 2015 Election can be found here. Individual candidate photo & homepage information can also be found in the December 19 Election Issue of PsychNews.

Members may contact candidates and the newly elected Officers/Trustees using their provided contact information.

Eligible voters are currently active voting members of the APA not designated as a Medical Student or International Member. Voting members of the APA are of the following member classification: Resident-Fellow Member (RFM), General Member, Fellow, Distinguished Fellow, Distinguished Life Fellow, Life Fellow and Life Member.

Election Guidelines, developed by the Elections Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees, are intended to provide a level playing field for candidates. Campaigning by candidates and supporters begins when the slate of candidates is announced by November 1.

2015 Election Schedule:

Slate of Candidates Announced October 31, 2014 
Deadline for Petition Candidates November 15, 2014
Voting Began January 2, 2015 @ 5:00 AM (ET)
Voting Ended February 2, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (ET)
Election Results Announced February 13, 2015
Nominations for 2016 Election Starts after 2015 May APA Annual Meeting


2014 National Election Results


Members interested in running for office should review the eligibility requirements. To determine the next time a position becomes available, please review the roster of the current Board and Trustees to note the tenures of each position. The 2016 Election will include the following offices for which nominations can be forwarded to election@psych.org:

- President-Elect
- Treasurer
- Trustee-at-Large
- Area 3 Trustee
- Area 6 Trustee
- Resident-Fellow Member Trustee-Elect (RFMTE) 

Voting: The APA utilizes a hybrid balloting process for national elections. This means that an eligilbe voting member can expect to receive either an email with a link to their electronic ballot or a paper ballot sent via USPS. All voters with a valid email address on file with the APA are sent electronic ballots, while voters with invalid or missing email addresses are mailed paper ballots. Voters who have yet to cast a vote in the election are sent an electronic ballot once a week until the voting deadline. Please look for an email with "APA Election" in the subject line and ensure that the email is not read as spam. Voters receiving a paper ballot can vote online by following the instructions on their paper ballot. Eligible voting members without an electronic or paper ballot, can vote online through the APA website using their member login. If you do not know your member login or are experiencing trouble with your login, please call 1-888-35-PSYCH for assistance. Eligible voting members without a ballot and not able to vote through the APA website, can request a link to their electronic ballot by forwarding a request to election@psych.org by the ballot request deadline. The APA ensures the secure handling of ballots through the reputable third party election management firm, Survey & Ballot.  

Send questions and/or comments to election@psych.org.