Dr. Howell has served on the American Psychological Association Division 44 (LGBT) Executive Committee as a non-voting member since 2011 when he began his service to the division as the programming co-chair. He coordinated suite programming and convention programming around LGBT topics for two conventions. He strives to maintain the a continued role in public policy, advocacy, and social change.
He was appointed by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners as an LGBT representative to the Diversity Advisory Council and is one of two members representing the entire LGBT community in the county. He is also an LGBT Advisor to the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay. In his current role as associate professor and Director of Practicum Training for the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, he creates training opportunities for students to engage with and learn about the LGBT community. As a first-year assistant professor, in 2011-12, he was able to create and teach a course on LGBT treatment for doctoral students. He believes in teaching graduate students how to become advocates and social change agents for clinical psychology and regularly engages his students and mentees in advocacy work.
In Dr. Howell’s roles as President/President-Elect for the Bay Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association and on the FPA Board of Directors, he does his best to promote diversity in the field of clinical psychology and shares his appreciation for diversity in clinical psychology and continuing education of psychologists. He is the FPA Diversity Committee Chair and serves as the APA State Leadership Conference Diversity Delegate and is in the running to chair the committee as well. Dr. Howell was elected to the executive committee of National Council for Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) as the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Chair. In that role, he also serves as a liaison to the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD), which is a committee tasked with advising APA on policy and education around LGBT concerns. He frequently provides educational training to clinical professionals about LGBT treatment and has provided training for equality in the workplace as well as for new physicians who are working with LGBT patients for the first time.
Dr. Howell is a firm believer in giving back to the community in several ways. He raises money, coaches his team, and rides 165-miles each November for the Smart Ride, which is a bike ride from Miami to Key West that gives 100% of money raised back to Florida HIV/AIDS organizations. In his private practice, he provides free group therapy to transgender youth and their parents twice a month. He feels it is important to give back to those who are often pushed to the fringes of society and marginalized for being ‘different’ than others. He has a passion for advocacy and community organizing and uses it to connect others to meaningful work in the LGBT community.