Vice President for Communications Bio

Valene Whittaker, Ph.D.
Term: 2019 - 2022

Valene A. Whittaker, Ph.D.  is a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the Military Sexual Trauma Services Coordinator at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA. Dr. Whittaker completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and a Graduate Minor in African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, her predoctoral internship at the University of California Berkeley CAPS, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the ENRM VAMC. Her clinical and research interests include the psychological well-being of people of color, and particularly women of color; racial identity and race-related stress and trauma; multiculturally responsive training and supervision; and trauma recovery and resilience within Veteran, Active Duty, and Military communities.
In addition to serving as SCP VP for Communication, Dr. Whittaker’s professional service and leadership roles include Chair and Practice Representative to the APA Membership Board (2020); Past-Chair for the SCP Section for the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology; Boston Metro Region Representative to the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Board of Directors; and co-chair for the MPA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA).