Dr. Terry Cronan

WPA is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Terry Cronan as President Elect. Dr. Cronan will serve on the WPA Board for a 3-year period and will be our WPA President during 2017-18. Dr. Cronan earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in psychology from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in ecological/community psychology. She concentrated her research on developing interventions to improve the quality of life for people with chronic health conditions and to use experimental methods to solve social problems. Terry is a longtime member of WPA. She served as the Western Region Vice-president of Psi Chi, which involves directing the Psi Chi part of the WPA convention. She and her students regularly present research at WPA. She has also served as director of the San Diego State University Faculty/ Student Mentoring Program and Project PRIMER (designed to improve the language development of the younger siblings of Head Start children), and director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University. She received more than $12 million dollars in grants to provide financial support for her research. Dr. Cronan has received multiple awards for teaching and mentoring: the National Institute of Mental Health Wayne S. Fenton Undergraduate Research Educator Award, chosen as outstanding faculty member in the Psychology Department seven times, the Mortar Board Award for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service (eight times), and the SDSU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award. She received the 2015 WPA Teaching Award and is a Fellow of WPA, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and APA (Divisions 1 and 2). She is the first psychologist from SDSU to be elected President of WPA. Please welcome Dr. Cronan to her new leadership position in WPA. She enthusiastically welcomes any of you who would become new members of WPA.