Strategic Planning Committee


Scott Sperling, PsyD, ABPP

Cleveland Clinic

Lynette Abrams-Silva, PhD, ABPP

University of New Mexico

The Strategic Planning Committee is comprised of SCN members with diverse cultural identities and areas of expertise, who work in different settings and represent different career stages. The SPC began its work in October 2021 and has been meeting bi-weekly over this time. It was charged with collecting information from SCN stakeholders and using that information to inform the development of a new strategic plan.

The EC made several commitments to the SPC at the onset of the strategic planning process. This included a stated willingness to 1) provide full outward transparency regarding the information learned through this process, 2) let the information learned dictate the future direction of SCN, and 3) make significant structural changes to SCN if required given the information learned.

The SPC made a commitment to conducting this process in a manner that prioritizes EDI at every juncture. This has included assuring that 1) our outreach for feedback extends beyond traditional circles and to those who may have been marginalized or excluded by SCN, 2) the information queried from stakeholders specifically addresses EDI, and 3) that we maintain transparency and openness to sharing all learned information.

We hired a nationally renowned consultants from the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness to review historical data and conduct interviews and focus groups with diverse stakeholders. Several important themes emerged from this process, which was completed in June 2021. The information learned guided the development of the survey that is now being distributed.

The success of the strategic planning process now hinges upon the willingness of our colleagues to share their experiences, perspectives, and wisdom via completion of the survey. In order to develop the mission, vision, values, and strategic goals of SCN in a manner that is truly aligned with the collective desire of our stakeholders, we are asking folks to accept our invitation to provide this feedback. The information learned will fundamentally shape the future of SCN, including the types of resources that will be provided to members, decisions related to where and how human and financial resources will be allocated, which initiatives will be undertaken, where collaborations need to be established, to what extent changes in its governance structure and operating procedures are warranted, and ultimately, its value to members and society.

Committee Members


Samantha Stern, PhD

Committee Member
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

David Lechuga, PhD, ABN, ABPP

Committee Member
Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center

Emily Duggan, PhD

Committee Member
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine

Becky Ready, PhD, ABPP

Committee Member
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Shawn McClintock, PhD

Committee Member
UT Southwestern Medical School

Anthony Stringer, PhD, ABPP

Committee Member
Emory University

Justin Karr, PhD

Committee Member
University of Kentucky

Paula Shear, PhD

Committee Member
University of Cinncinnati
College of Medicine
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