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MPA Director of Professional Affairs Transition and Job Posting

Friday, October 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Greetings MPA Members,  

The Massachusetts Psychological Association has been well served by the extraordinary advocacy of Michael Goldberg, Ph.D. as Director of Professional Affairs since early 2014.  Dr. Goldberg’s intention from the beginning was to only serve as DPA on an interim basis, and MPA greatly appreciates that to this day he continues serving MPA members in this role for longer than expected as the organization completes a period of transition.  Consistent with Dr. Goldberg’s wishes to return full time to his practice, MPA has commenced a search for a new Director of Professional Affairs.  You will find the advertisement of that position below, and we hope you will forward it to any interested parties, so that we may consider a diverse and distinguished pool of candidates. 

In the interim, in keeping with the MPA BoD’s transition plan, Dr. Goldberg will continue serving as DPA at fewer hours than previously, so we hope that you will understand his communications may be a bit more limited and his responses to inquiries may be somewhat delayed.  Dr. Goldberg has agreed to continue in an abbreviated part-time role after a new DPA is hired in order to ensure a smooth transition and to continue MPA’s exceptional advocacy for Massachusetts psychologists.  We thank him for his dedication, and look forward to reviewing applicants for the position of Director of Professional Affairs. 

Director of Professional Affairs – The Massachusetts Psychological Association is seeking a half-time Director of Professional Affairs (DPA).  The DPA shall be responsible for monitoring and critically responding to professional affairs that affect Massachusetts Psychologists, including health payer policies, legislation and regulations.  The DPA shall also be responsible for coordinating with the Advocacy Committee and other committees to the extent that their work involves professional practice issues. The DPA will also respond to members’ needs, coordinate advocacy with APA and APAPO staff around practice issues, and attend the APA State Leadership Conference.

The ideal candidate will have a critical understanding of public policy issues and trends relevant to psychology, and be an adept public speaker who can effectively represent the policy positions of the Association. Knowledge of a variety of Massachusetts health payer reimbursement policies is preferred.  Mentoring may be available as needed.  Experience in writing position papers and reviewing laws, regulations, and proposed legislation to assess their impact on psychologists is desired. 

A Massachusetts Health Service Provider license in Psychology will be required. Letter of application detailing relevant experience and a recent curriculum vita may be sent to the attention of Brian Doherty at, with the subject line, “Director of Professional Affairs Position – MPA”. 

Best Regards,



Brian Doherty
Executive Director
195 Worcester St. Ste 303
Wellesley, MA  02481
781-263-0080 ext 15

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