WSPA Board of Trustees

Add your voice to WSPAs leadership!

WSPA is always looking for passionate, creative, and service-oriented individuals from early career to advanced career psychologists to help foster our mission.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for guiding the association by adopting ethical and legal governance and financial management policies to advance WSPA's mission. New trustees can be added throughout the year and meet monthly, either in person or via teleconferencing.

Members of the board also chair association committees and represent WSPA on statewide initiatives and at APA national conferences. A maximum of 9 trustees make up the board and leadership is open to all premium and platinum level members. Board terms last three (3) years and a trustee may serve no more than two consecutive terms. A trustee may return to the board after a 1-year absence.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, please contact our Executive Director, Marvo Reguindin at executive@wspapsych.org and provide us with your name, contact information, and a brief rationale for your interest. For more information, please review the Board Member Expectations and Board Member Recruitment & Election process documents.  

Christen Carson, Ph.D., ABPP
President

Dr. Carson is a clinical and forensic psychologist who conducts evaluations and provides expert testimony in civil and criminal cases. Specializations include parenting evaluations, personal Injury/IME evaluations, and criminal mitigation, competency, and risk assessments. Dr. Carson provides consultation to other psychologists and to attorneys. Dr. Carson is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology, and is past President of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody, and Child Development. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Couple and Family. Dr. Carson also sees therapy patients in her Seattle based private practice.


 Julia Mackaronis, Ph.D.Julia Mackaronis, Ph.D.
Past President, Treasurer


I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in Washington. I work in the Mental Health Clinic of the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. I am also applying for an adjunct faculty position at the University of Washington (UW), as I supervise psychiatry residents and will be teaching a cognitive-behavioral therapy seminar for the UW-affiliated Spokane Psychiatry Residency.

I have been a member of the WSPA since I became licensed in 2015. As an early career psychologist (ECP) who spent several years moving to several different states to pursue training opportunities, it was important for me to connect to other psychologists at both the local and state level once I felt more settled. I felt welcomed and encouraged at the Chapter 1 meetings I attended, and decided to increase my involvement by volunteering to serve as the chapters 2016-2017 president. I greatly enjoyed my first year. My duties included organizing four chapter meetings with networking and one-hour Continuing Education presentations, coordinating referral requests for the chapter listserv, and helping my members feel more fully integrated into WSPAs statewide efforts. I look forward to another productive year, and I wish that all interested WSPA members could have the chapter-based experience I have enjoyed.


Matt Goldenberg, Psy.D.Matt Goldenberg, Psy.D.
Trustee


Dr. Matt Goldenberg is a Washington state based Licensed Clinical Psychologist  (License number PY60416098).  He earned his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, a generalist training program that has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  His internship at the University of Washington Counseling Center was also accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Prior to doctoral training, he completed a Masters of Arts in Psychology at Seattle University, where the Existential-Phenomenological tradition is emphasized.  He has worked with clients as young as five months through older age on a variety of issues.  Additionally, Dr. Goldenberg has benefited from clinical training in public, private, and forensic settings and is able to provide psychotherapy for a wide span of symptoms, concerns, and issues.  He has received various awards and acknowledgements for his focus on social justice and leadership development.


Lynda Hernández, Ph.D., NCSP
Trustee


Dr. Hernández is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP), earning her doctorate in School Psychology at Illinois State University. While living in Chicago, she gained experience providing psychological service within highly diverse public elementary, middle, and high schools. She completed her post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine within Kennedy Krieger Institutes outpatient behavior management clinic in Baltimore. Dr. Hernández works in private practice and specializes in the treatment of children with disruptive behavior disorders and provides caregiver behavior management training.

Her clinical passions lie in providing high integrity care to all children through systemic, cultural, and evidence-based lenses. She is particularly interested in the intersection of mental health service and our education system, which has led her to collaborate with local school districts to provide professional development workshops for educators.

Dr. Hernández is a newcomer to Washington, moving here in 2017. Following her passion for community involvement, Dr. Hernández joined WSPA and became co-chair of WSPAs Early Career Psychologists (ECP) committee. She is honored and enthusiastic to step into her new role on the WSPA Board of Trustees and is looks forward to contributing to our field at large.


Shelley Mackaman, Ph.D.

Shelley Mackaman, Ph.D.
Trustee, UP-PAC Chair

 

Shelley Mackaman has been a member of WSPA for more than ten years and has benefited greatly from her membership in the organization. Early in establishing her private practice, WSPA set me up with mentors to guide me in developing my practice. Throughout her career, WSPA has offered additional services to support me including help with ethical decisions, up to date information on changes in policy and legislation, opportunities for continuing education, and mostly, a chance to get together with fellow psychologists who are working and practicing in the local community.

She has been licensed and practicing as a psychologist for over fifteen years and has experience participating on the boards of her children's early elementary school and former church. Shelley has a love not only of not only the profession of psychology, but of the field of psychology and would love to help our state association grow and develop to benefit all psychologists working and practicing in our state in all areas of psychology. Dr. Mackaman sees the benefit of a united organization for those in Washington to promote their field, influence policy and legislation, and gather together to support each other for the benefit of our community and society as a whole.


Kiranmayi (Kiran) Neelarambam, Ph.D.
Trustee

I grew up in India and hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology, English Literature, and Political Science and a Master‘s Degree in Counseling Psychology. After gaining several years of work experience in the corporate world, I moved to the United States to pursue further education in Psychology. I gained another Masters degree in Professional Counseling and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. 

Since 2008, I have worked with adults who have experienced trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. I have worked in community mental health/not-for-profit hospital settings as well as university counseling centers. I collaborated to establish a Stress/Biofeedback Clinic at one counseling center and ran stress and biofeedback sessions at the Stress Clinic of another counseling center. I have been a part of the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation and Eating Disorder treatment teams catering to college age students. 

In therapy, I‘m grounded in the multicultural feminist framework, attending to clients‘ cultural identities as well as how gender norms and socialization impact them. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to intervene. Mindfulness is woven into both my personal life and professional practice. I‘m also influenced by attachment theories and emotion-focused work. I enjoy helping couples reconnect and find their way back to each other emotionally. I have facilitated several groups over the years, particularly interpersonal process groups. I collaborated to co-create and co-run ACT for change groups. 

In research, my focus has been primarily on psychological markers of trauma and psychotherapy outcomes for trauma survivors in underprivileged populations, the role of resilience and mindfulness in moderating trauma and depression, and experiences of international students and workers in the United States. 

In my practice, I am intentional about creating a supportive safe space for clients to explore their whole selves, learn about their strengths and find ways to bolster their resilience in the face of life‘s challenges. I am active, engaged, and collaborative. My clients describe me as warm, supportive and straightforward while also willing to challenge them to grow. I am multilingual and offer therapy in four languages - English, Hindi, Kannada, and Telugu.


Cynthia (CJ) Swanlund, Psy.D.
Trustee


Dr. Swanlund is a licensed psychologist in Bellingham, WA.  She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Dr. Swanlund moved to the great state of Washington for internship at University of Washington - Tacoma (UWT).  She completed her post-doc at UWT and at a private practice in Tacoma.  Dr. Swanlund is currently on staff in the Counseling and Wellness Center at Western Washington University and serves as the Interim Assistant Director for Clinical Operations.

Dr. Swanlund is a generalist psychologist through-and-through. Her professional passions are in college counseling, integrative behavioral health, outcome assessment, and sport and performance psychology.  She is credentialed as a Health Service Psychologist through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and is currently pursuing certification as a Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

As a graduate student, she was very involved in the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and was the Student Division Co-Chair for 3 years.  She also volunteered on the Annual Convention Committee. Through her involvement in MPA, Dr. Swanlund realized the incredible value of membership in state professional organizations, professional mentorship, and connection to the local and national community of psychologists.  MPA's values of "Connection, Protection, and Growth" have continued to drive Dr. Swanlund's involvement in WSPA.  She currently serves as the Chair of WSPA's Chapter 3 (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, & Island Counties) and is honored to have been appointed to WSPA's Board of Trustees.