“My involvement with Division 24--first as a student and now as an early career psychologist--has been of tremendous value for my career. The advice and mentorship that I have received, along with numerous opportunities for networking, have been great. Leaders and ‘big names’ in the field are never too busy to chat at conferences or respond to emails. I was welcomed as the first student representative on the executive committee, which then led to further involvement with the membership committee. I received support and encouragement for papers I presented within the division's program at the APA convention and our midwinter biennial meeting. I also received an honourable mention one year for the student paper award the division provides for students at the APA convention. My involvement with the division has helped me to build my CV and to make important network contacts who have been instrumental in helping me to further my career. When I think of professional homes for theoretical and philosophical psychology, Division 24 is one of the few that come to mind, and certainly one of the most desirable.”
-- Jason Goertzen
Jason R. Goertzen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in 2009. Jason was Student Representative from 2005-2007, and has been a member of Division 24 since 2004.
"Simultaneously overwhelmed by the size of APA and discouraged by the difficulty I had finding conversation partners who valued philosophy and the humanities, discovering Division 24 was a welcome experience! The generosity of its long-term members and the opportunities for dialogue and professional and scholarly collaborations have amazed me. Theoreticians and thinkers that I read for years as a graduate student were actually approachable and highly invested in my development! I believe this is a testament to the persons who are active in this Division and the ethos of its membership. Now, I found myself attending the annual meetings as an excuse to nurture the friendships and collaborations that have emerged. In the world of theory and philosophy, where many of us work in our respective contexts without the opportunity to integrate our work and interests, Division 24 is a unique and vital community."
-- David Goodman
David M. Goodman, Ph.D., is an Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. David has been an active member of Division 24 since 2006 and is currently a Member-At-Large.