A West Virginia University faculty member is the new president-elect of the American Psychological Association Division 12, Section 2.

Barry Edelstein, an Eberly Family Professor of Clinical Psychology in WVU s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was elected recently to the leadership role.

The division deals with clinical geropsychology and was established to further the professional goals and interests of psychologists practicing with older adults, teaching the clinical psychology of aging or conducting related clinical research.

“I am very honored to be elected to this office. This is the only organization of clinical psychologists in the U.S. whose membership conducts research on and provides mental health services to older adults in a wide range of settings,Dr. Edelstein said.The organization is also quite involved in public policy initiatives that impact the delivery of mental health services to older adults. It is exciting to have the opportunity to provide leadership to such an important and vibrant organization.”

Geropsychology, the psychology of individuals of 65 years of age or older, is a relatively new area in the history and practice of psychology, he said.

Edelstein joined the psychology department at WVU in 1974 as an assistant professor. He teaches graduate courses in clinical interviewing and clinical geropsychology, and his research focuses on assessment, anxiety and medical decision making among older adults.