Durand to Serve as APA President-Elect Designate

A photo of USFSP Professor of Psychology Dr. V. Mark Durand

Dr. V. Mark Durand

Starting January 2017, Dr. V. Mark Durand, professor of Psychology at USF St. Petersburg, will serve as President-Elect Designate of Division 33 in the American Psychological Association. The division is focused on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“It is an honor to be elected as president of the division,” said Durand, who has served as an APA Fellow since 1999 and is a member of Division 33 and Division 25, which focuses on Behavior Analysis. The three-year position will entail serving as President-Elect Designate the first year, President-Elect in 2018, and President in 2019.

Durand’s work and research primarily focus on autism and related behavioral disorders. In his new division leadership role, Durand said his agenda will be to guide other professionals in integrating different fields of study and new advances into their work and to place an emphasis on biological, cognitive, and behavioral processes.  He also will work with the Executive Council and participate in annual and mid-year APA meetings. During his final year, he will give a presidential address at the 2019 APA meeting.

In 2015,Durand received the Jacobson Award from Division 33 for his contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has published 13 individual books, including abnormal psychology textbooks with multiple editions.

“These honors for faculty help put USFSP on the map and help people know who we are,” he said.

Durand will succeed Dr. Laura Lee McIntyre, professor and director of School Psychology program in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon, who has served as president since 2014.