APA NAMES CHIEF OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

On Tuesday, May 8, the American Psychological Association announced Jared L. Skillings, Ph.D., ABPP, as the new chief of professional practice. He is responsible for promoting the practice of psychology and the availability of behavioral health services through federal and state legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory initiatives, and public education.

Skillings’ professional career includes leadership roles within large group practice settings and complex, integrated health systems. He joins APA after six years as chief of psychology for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a $5.7 billion enterprise with more than 26,000 employees, 12 hospitals and 180 outpatient service locations. In his role at Spectrum, Skillings led behavioral health strategy; program and talent development, clinical access, quality and safety; financial management; and system integration. Under his leadership, the number of behavioral health providers increased from five to 58 (including 32 psychologists), and psychology was integrated into primary care and specialty services, including cardiology and surgery. Continue reading.

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