Early Career Psychologists


The Division 22 Early Career Psychologist Special Interest Group (ECP SIG) brings together rehabilitation psychologists who are early career members and/or those who work with and mentor early career rehabilitation psychologists to represent and advocate for the professional development and interests of this highly diverse group.


  • Promote the visibility and professional development of Division 22 ECPs.
  • Advocate for ECP representation within committees, special interest groups, and task forces, both within Division 22 leadership and in other relevant organizations.
  • Support engagement and attendance of ECPs at rehabilitation psychology-relevant conferences and professional events, including the Rehabilitation Psychology Mid-Winter Meeting, and APA convention.
  • Collaborate with other Division 22 groups, including the Mentorship Committee and the Student Leadership Network to foster a pipeline of prospective, current, and past ECPs.
  • Promote research conducted by and about ECPs working in rehabilitation settings or with rehabilitation populations.
  • Work with the APA Committee for Early Career Psychologists (CECP) to represent the goals and interests of Division 22 ECP members.
  • Serve as a resource to help ECPs manage work-life demands, prevent burnout, and promote self-care. 
  • Provide networking opportunities for ECP members, including planning and hosting conference social events.
  • Expand ECP professional development opportunities by hosting periodic topical webinars and workshops.


ECP SIG Chair: Abbey J. Hughes, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

ECP Representative to the Division 22 Executive Committee: Ferzeen Patel, PsyD 
Ability KC
Kansas City, MO

Past Chair: Connie Sung
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI