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April 6, 2018

NPA Gallery of Greats  – David Carver, Ph.D.
Anne Talbot, PsyD, NPA President
As the current President of the Nebraska Psychological Association, I am proud and honored to follow a long line of outstanding individuals who have served in that capacity since the inception of NPA in the fifties. Joining the board of directors as Member-At-Large for Greater Nebraska about ten years ago and a relative unknown to my colleagues outside of the panhandle, I was surprisingly staggered to learn the sweep of history and level of professional activism offered by past and present members of the board. Seizing the opportunity to share the history of NPA of those who have earned NPA’s reputation as a nationally known activist and progressive organization, I am delighted to introduce a gallery of outstanding NPA leaders, many of them past presidents.

I will start with our most recent past-president, Dave Carver. If memory serves me correctly, Dave and I joined the board around the same time. Dave is one of the Nebraska psychology leaders I came to revere personally and professionally in my introduction to the history of our association. He has served the board well in his role as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and in his exemplary participation in a number of national psychology boards associated with the American Psychological Association and committees.

Dave has been a crucial force on our behalf in our efforts to address the near-decades long stall of psychology regulations in Nebraska. He is a committed expert professional working with multi-discipline graduate students in his position with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has a particular interest bringing his experience from his associations with APA on colleague assistance to NPA, which is a project he is developing in conjunction with NPA’s ethics committee.

Not only are those accomplishments among his many achievements, Dave has a terrific sense of humor (perhaps from going to school with John Belushi, but you must get him to tell you about that) and an encyclopedic knowledge of rock and jazz. He is a congenial and entertaining companion at the multiple events we have attended for NPA over this past decade.

I can also say that I have benefited greatly from Dave’s wisdom, expertise, and kindness. Some of that supportive knowledge came in what I have referred to as 100 miles of conversations with Dave as I traveled the 400 miles across Nebraska on my way to Lincoln for NPA Board Meetings. I should say my husband, Dave Calkins (known as the “other Dave C”) is nearly always the driver.

Given the honor of following Dave Carver as President of NPA, I will do my best to hold up to his very high standard and am delighted to introduce Dave as the first honorable member in our gallery of outstanding NPA leaders.

Thank you, Dr. Carver!


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