Current title/affiliation/professional role(s):

photo_MemberSpotllight_SweetMember of Division 51, was Member-at-Large 2007-2009, in charge of list serve for Women in division 51. President, 2017.

When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining?

I first got involved Division 51 before it was Division 51, back in the early 90s – through the efforts of Louise Silverstein who introduced me to Gary Brooks and Jim O’Neil. I started attending the annual meetings of APA after that while I was working on my doctoral dissertation at Boston College – met with Jim O’Neil to go over use of his Gender Roles instruments, was fortunate to have Jim Mahalik was on my thesis committee. I found that Division 51 was a true home for someone like me who was interested in gender issues, particularly men’s issues, which I felt wasn’t covered well by any other division. My interest in men’s issues dates back to 1975 when I read Goldberg’s book The Hazards of Being Male. I taught a class at MIT on Sex Roles and Relationships in the mid 80s, but it wasn’t until 1990 when I went to my first APA conference in Boston and took a psychology of women workshop that I began to connect with folks who helped start Division 51.

What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division?

  • It’s my home division at APA, it gives me a niche and an identity.
  • I really like the people in this division – they are warm and welcoming, down to earth and collaborative, great to have dinner with!
  • It has led me to connect with a group of women in the division who are wonderful and like-minded colleagues who are interested in how we, as women, can interact with men professionally as colleagues or clients in effective and respectful ways.
  • I have been mentored by people in Division 51 who have helped me professionally in many ways: finish my PhD in the areas of men’s issues, get involved in writing about men’s issues, encouraged me to propose symposia for APA, invited me to do workshops and present papers with them outside of APA, brainstormed new ways of thinking about men’s issues and how they intersect with women’s issues (i.e. the midwinter retreat). As I get older, I hope I am seen as a mentor to some of the younger Divion 51 members and can help them the way others have helped me.
  • I have been openly acknowledged and appreciated by Division 51 (i.e. spotlight on the home page, awards).
  • Last but certainly not least: I have the opportunity to be around men who are role models for me of what men can be: strong yet nurturing, sensitive but passionate, able to be emotionally expressive (especially with other men), collaborative and connected – and who also demonstrate positive relationships with women in their lives.

What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?

  • Working with depressed men
  • How women clinicians can work more effectively with men
  • Educating women (esp. my clients) about men’s issues so that they can deal better with the men in their lives
  • Improving communication and understanding between men and women, especially awareness of the sex role strain each gender faces in personal and professional settings

Is there any other question you would like to be asked, or information you would like to share, that is relevant to the division?

I’d like to see several things happen more in our division:

  • Get more women involve
  • Get better connected with other professionals who deal with men that are not in APA (especially primary care physicians)
  • Collaborate with non-therapeutic endeavors (such as the Good Man Project) that focus on men’s issues