Katherine C. Nordal, Ph.D., managing partner of an independent practice group in Vicksburg, Miss., will take office April 21 as executive director of the American Psychological Associa-tion’s Practice Directorate.
She succeeds Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., who resigned to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University. Newman had headed the directorate since 1993.
Nordal has been active in the APA and the Mississippi Psychological Association (MPA) for 28 years and was serving as chair of APA’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) when she was tapped for the top practice staff position.
“Dr. Nordal brings to this important position an impressive breadth of experience in both independent and public institutional practice, in public policy, in state association and APA division leadership and in APA governance,” APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., said in announcing the appointment.
Nordal earned her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1976 and went to work later that year as director of child and adolescent services for the Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Service in Vicksburg. She established her independent group, The Nordal Clinic, in 1982.
Her awards and honors include selection as an APA fellow and the 1994 Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award. She is also a fellow in her state association and received the association’s distinguished fellow lifetime achievement award in 1997.
Nordal’s public service includes working in the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Espy, D-Miss., in 1990-91 and with the House Select Committee on Hunger as an APA Congressional Fellow. She was a member of the Mississippi Board of Psychological Examiners from 1988 to 1990, including a stint as its executive secretary.
She served on the APA Board of Directors from 2001 to 2003, was a member of the Council of Representatives from 1993 to 2000 and is active in APA’s Women’s Caucus and several APA divisions, including serving as finance chair of Division 42, Independent Practice. She is a past president of the Mississippi Psychological Association and has been active in the Association of Practicing Psychologists.