(From APA press release) — Executive Development Group partner Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, a consulting psychologist internationally known in leadership assessment and development, has been elected 2020 president of the American Psychological Association.

I am honored to have been chosen to lead this important  association representing psychologists and psychology in America. I look forward to working with APA and my colleagues to build greater public understanding and support for psychology and psychology practice, to secure its position as a STEM science and to use psychological research to address the critical social justice issues that our nation faces. Psychologists need to apply our wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities to promote positive learning, leadership and change at all levels of human endeavor.—Sandra L. Shullman

Shullman, who directs the Columbus, Ohio, office of the Executive Development Group, manages large, long-term global organizational client engagements, focusing on executive education and coaching, strategic leadership development and organizational diversity initiatives.

She is senior lecturer for the HEC School of Business in Paris, Shanghai, Beijing and Qatar, and part of the Duke University Global Learning Network faculty.

Shullman has served two terms on the APA Board of Directors and seven years on the board of the American Psychological Foundation. She chaired the APA Good Governance Project, designed to align the organization with strategy and values, promoting transparency, engagement, inclusion and nimbleness at APA. Her distinguished record of organizational leadership spans higher education, research, health care and consulting.

Shullman’s most recent research and publications focus on leadership and uncertainty. She co-authored the first national-level study of sexual harassment in academia and the workplace.

Born in Philadelphia, Shullman grew up in transitional/project housing, introducing her to a range of people, cultures and lifestyles, and leading to a lifelong commitment and passion to bring together diverse groups, promote social justice, and enhance group, organizational and community effectiveness.

Shullman holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College, a master’s in education from Harvard University and a PhD in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. She is a past president of the Ohio Psychological Association.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.