2021 Officer Election


President Elect
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BJ BOYD, PhD (Cherokee)

for President Elect

Osiyo, relatives. I have been nominated to run for SIP president this year and I am happy to accept the nomination. I have been a member of SIP for over 20 years, beginning as a graduate student and was a graduate student representative to the executive council. I have been the SIP treasurer for four years.


For those of you who do not know me, I am Cherokee. I grew up in rural Oklahoma and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Oklahoma State University. I am a clinical psychologist by training, and I have spent my career primarily providing direct services and administering service programs for Native people in Oklahoma. I currently work at the Chickasaw Nation. I have largely viewed by work as that of a public service psychologist, which I think would inform my approach as president.


SIP has a history of dedicated and remarkable presidents, and it I am very honored and humbled to be asked to follow in their footsteps. My approach to leadership is one of service, to place the good of the organization and its membership first, and to listen to all perspectives before making a decision while keeping sight on our mission and purpose as an organization. I am also mindful that as a Native organization, we act in the best interests of Native people in general.

President Elect
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JOHN GONZALEZ, PhD (Ojibwe-Anishinaabe)

for President Elect

Boozhoo. It is with great humility that I request this opportunity to serve.


For those who don’t know me – my name is Makade Ma’ingan (Black Wolf), I am Ojibwe-Anishinaabe from the White Earth Nation in MN. Also known as John Gonzalez and a Professor of Psychology at Bemidji State University.


I must admit, my participation/presence in SIP has varied over the years, due to the demands of life and work and everything in between. However, my spirit is always with you all and I truly appreciate our members for keeping SIP strong and thriving.


With that, I believe in carrying on the vision, goals, and heavy lifting of those who came before us. Although we face difficult and challenging times as Indigenous Communities – we are strong and beautiful people – and still have a powerful voice because of our Ancestors and Elders who showed us the way. A theme I would envision as President would be Celebrating Resilience: Strengthening the Circle.  


My professional leadership experience includes serving as APA Division 45 Treasurer from 2010 – 2014, and as APA Division 45 Program Chair in 2007. I currently serve as my Department Chair for the past 4 years. From these experiences, I gained a respect and understanding of leadership and how best to serve and give back to our membership. More importantly, I learned being a leader is really about respecting the people you represent; including their voices in your work; and ensuring the next generation has a path to follow.



Student Representative
in alphabetical order by first name

Art Director

Joanna Hisei Hi3eih “Good Woman” DeMeyer
(Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma)

My name is Joanna Hisei Hi3eih “Good Woman” DeMeyer. I am a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Although I am a Southern Arapaho, I grew up on the Wind River Reservation. I have recently been awarded the Prestigious Diversity Fellowship from Oregon State University where I have been accepted to pursue a PhD in Psychology this Fall.

My lived experiences made salient the role of socio-environmental factors that impact Native mental health and create obstacles for our people, including lack of or unstable income, low educational achievement, racial economic inequality, personal safety, and lifestyle practices such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminality, excessive risk-taking, and interpersonal and/or collective violence. Adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect, and family challenges (single-parent households, divorce, domestic violence, incarcerated relative) have a negative impact on brain development. The pervasive nature of these traumas results in a collective suffering. I have witnessed this transgenerational trauma becoming ingrained into our Native societies.

As a graduate student, I aim to systematically examine the mechanisms of resilience and other factors to inform potential interventions for helping Native survivors of trauma. I support the mission of the Society of Indian Psychologists and would be enthusiastic to play a part in sustaining its efforts to meet the dynamic needs of our people. I have been successful because others poured into my future. I hope my personal experience and heart for helping our people will allow me to be chosen as a student representative. Hohóu for considering me.