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Division announcements

Stay current with the latest division news like convention schedules, award and grant application information, career and internship opportunities, and updates to the division bylaws.

By Eric Surface, PhD
Pre-Convention Workshop

Division 19 CE Committee will be sponsoring a 4-hour pre-convention workshop at the APA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. The workshop is entitled “Providing Mental Health Care In and After Combat: Challenges, Rewards, Risks, and Growth” and will be presented by Heidi S. Kraft, PhD, a former Navy psychologist and author of Rule Number Two (2007, Little, Brown & Co). Details will follow once the APA schedule is finalized.

"After Party"

You are cordially invited to the Division 19 "After Party" to be held in the Division 19 hospitality suite at APA. This "After Party" affords us the opportunity to thank presenters for their hard work and allow members to network in a fun social environment. The part will be held at the Division 19 hospitality suite on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Please RSVP to Ann Landes, Division 19 Program Chair, no later than July 1, 2012.

2012 Military Psychology Student Travel Award

The Society for Military Psychology, APA Division 19 is pleased to announce its annual offering of the Military Psychology Student Travel Award competition in recognition of student contribution to military psychology. This award is given to assist with costs associated with conducting research in any area of military psychology. This award is designed to help defray travel costs for student to attend the APA conference to present research accepted within the Division 19 APA program. Travel award winners must have an accepted poster/presentation with Division 19. Award(s) will be presented to a student(s) at the Division 19 business meeting at APA. Deadline for entries is May 1, 2012.

2012 Military Psychology Professional Research Grant

The Society for Military Psychology is pleased to announce the Military Psychology Professional Research Grant program to stimulate, promote and support cutting-edge research that advances the science of military psychology. Individual awards may be given for research within any area military psychology for up to $5,000, but total funds available for awards given in the research grant program may not exceed $15,000. Any member (e.g., member/associate/fellow) or affiliate member (international/professional) may apply to the research grant program. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application. Information regarding submission requirements, evaluation criteria and deliverables can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. Materials must be submitted electronically in pdf format no later than May 31, 2012, midnight (E.T.) to Kelly S. Ervin, PhD. List your name and the name of the award on the subject line of your email (e.g. Jane Smith, Society for Military Psychology Professional Research Grant Program). Winners will be notified prior to June, 30, 2012, and awards will be presented at the Division 19 Business Meeting at 120th APA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

2012 Military Psychologist Professional Travel Award

The Society for Military Psychology is pleased to announce the Military Psychologist Professional Travel Award to support member attendance, participation and engagement in the Midyear and/or Annual Meeting of the Society for Military Psychology. Several awards of $750 may be given to individuals to help defray costs of attendance, participation and engagement in division activities. Any member (e.g., member/associate/fellow) or affiliate member (international/professional) may apply but preference will be given to applicants (a) who are presenting posters and papers; or (b) who are engaged in leadership activities within the society. Special consideration will be given to early career psychologists. Students are not eligible to apply for this award. Materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format no later than May 1, 2012, midnight ET to the chair of the Awards Committee, Kelly S. Ervin, PhD. List your name and the name of the award on the subject line of your email (e.g. Jane Smith, Society for Military Psychology Professional Travel Award Program). Winners will be notified prior to June 1, 2012 and awards will be presented at the Division 19 Business Meeting at 120th APA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

2012 APA Convention Travel Awards for Early Career Professionals

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the APA Convention Travel Awards for Early Career Professionals program for early career members from all areas of psychology (education, practice, public interest and science) to attend the 2012 APA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., August 2-5, at the Orange County Convention Center. 20 award recipients will receive $750 to be applied toward their 2012 APA Convention expenses. Deadline for submission of materials is March 23, 2012, midnight, ET. Email or fax all materials to Sonja Wiggins; Fax: (202) 216-7628.

Request for Information to Help With New Division 19 and Division 14

Division 19 is working with Division 14 (the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) to help returning service member transition out of the military and into the civilian workforce. This program is designed to connect SIOP members with personnel transitioning out of the military and help them with job searching skills. A pilot will be launched with ten SIOP volunteers. Member-at-Large Nathan Ainspan is coordinating this project for Division 19 and SIOP and is requesting assistance from the members of Division 19 to help identify materials, publications, and other resources for SIOP volunteers. We are specifically interested in receiving information and/or readings on military culture, PTSD, suicide and TBI; as well as suggestions for places, organizations, or individuals we can contact to locate personnel that may be interested in participating in the pilot (i.e., service members transitioning out of the military). Email Nate Ainspan or telephone him at (703) 304-5904 with suggestions, recommendations, or if you would like to get involved with this initiative.

2012 Summer Internship at SWA Consulting, Inc.

Are you a student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in industrial/organizational psychology or a related social science discipline and interested in obtaining applied research and consulting experience? If so, we have a great opportunity for you! We are seeking interns for our 2012 Summer Internship Program in Consulting. This is a paid, temporary position. SWA Consulting, Inc. is an organizational consulting and applied research firm based in Raleigh, N.C. Our mission is to make a difference in learning and performance for individuals and organizations. We invite you to learn more about our organization and the summer intern position by visiting our Website and clicking on "Job Opportunities."

Attention Behaviorial Health Care Professionals

National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), a research and development firm located in White Plains, N.Y., is inviting a limited number of military psychologists and other behavioral health care providers to take part in an online survey and give feedback on a website called Prev4Military. We are particularly interested in receiving feedback from military psychologists and other behavioral health care providers to ensure the Website provides access to the latest news and information about evidence-based workplace programs addressing health, wellness and drug use prevention. Prev4Military is intended to specifically introduce these programs to individuals working with young service members, as psychologists have a key role in that capacity, their input is highly valued. If you agree to contribute to the project, you will be asked to (1) Complete an online consent form and an online, confidential demographics questionnaire; (2) View the Prev4Military Website; (3) Complete an online survey and provide feedback on each of the website‘s five components. All three tasks combined will take approximately one hour. After completion of the three tasks, you will be given a $100 American Express debit card as a thank you for your participation. You may contact Laura Skrip at (800) 293-4969 if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. We are asking that you contact us no later than May 25, 2012. We also strongly encourage you to either share the project details with any colleagues you feel might be interested in participating or send us their contact information so we can make them aware of the project.

Assistant/Associate Professor (Nontenure/tenure track)

The Department of Medicine, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure eligible track) available May 2012 (open until filled). Salary: $66,196 to $143,099 USD Per Year.

Duties: The incumbent will serve as an assistant or associate professor in MED and, as such, will be responsible for teaching, research and administrative assignments. In coordination with other faculty members of the department he/she will assist with curriculum design, development, teaching and research related to courses, programs and other initiatives of the department, school of medicine or the university. The incumbent, with supervision from senior faculty, will play an essential role in the Graduate Program in MED and will serve as an investigator in the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS). As an integral member of the LTCOS working group, the incumbent will assist in designing, developing, executing, and implementing scientific research. Additional duties include, serving as a key member of the Graduate Programs in MED, assisting with activities such as curriculum design, teaching, individual and program evaluation; serving as a thesis advisor and serving on departmental committees and university committees as the Chair, MED requests.

Qualification Requirements: The incumbent must have a minimum of PhD degree in a social/behavioral science field, plus substantial experience in an academic environment. Experience planning, writing and implementing grant proposals with a track record of funding in education/medical education areas. Must have experience using analytical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS or STATA) to conduct statistical analyses. Experience with qualitative data analysis is highly desirable. Must possess experience in measurement, evaluation, and assessment practices in formal educational settings and have a track record of successful teaching in educational settings. The successful candidate must also have excellent writing and analytic skills, strong problem-solving abilities, and exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Familiarity with military medical personnel training programs and operational requirements is desirable. The candidate must be academically qualified for a faculty appointment at the assistant/associate professor level in accordance with applicable USUHS academic policies. U. S. citizenship is required. The position sensitivity level is designated as noncritical sensitive and does not require a secret clearance. The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain the noncritical sensitivity level. Nominees for this position shall be required to successfully complete an Access National Agency Check (ANACI). Failure to meet the requirement will result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal from the position.

Instructions to Candidates: To receive consideration, applicants must specify in their cover letter the academic rank for which they are applying. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be sent electronically. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, reprints of recent publications, a statement detailing academic and research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to: Solomon Levy, MPH, Deputy Chair, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814-4799, or apply for this position online.

Ammendments to Division 19 Bylaws

At the Midyear Meeting of the Executive Committee of Division 19, several proposed amendments to the Division 19 ByLaws were presented. Per established ByLaws of Division 19, the EXCOM is forwarding the proposed amendments to inform it members before a formal approval can be considered. Amendments were made to permit electronic voting and to establish two standing committees on Early Career Psychologists and Continuing Education. Suggested amendments appear in bold below.

Article V. Nominations & Elections:
PARA 1. The Officers of the Division shall be elected by the fellows, members, and voting associates of the division (see Article II, Section 8), voting by mail or electronic ballot according to the preferential voting system employed by the Association. PARA 3. Annually, at a time established by the deadlines provided by the Association, the Election Committee Chairperson shall send a nominations ballot to the Division membership. The ballot shall provide at least two places for each office to be filled. The nominations ballots, when returned by the membership, shall be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Election Committee. That Committee shall tally the votes, and, for each office to be filled, shall select at least two nominees willing to serve if elected. The persons thus nominated must be the two willing nominees standing highest in the balloting for the office. If two willing nominees can not be found on the basis of the nominating ballot, then one nominee may be selected by the Election Committee on the basis of standing in balloting or other exceptional qualification for office. The persons will be named in alphabetical order to the Secretary without identification as to source of the nominations. The Secretary of the Division or the Election Committee Chairperson shall then transmit the names of the persons nominated for each office to be filled to the Elections Committee of the Association in accordance with the Association's deadlines for inclusion in the election ballot mailed or electronically sent by the Association in accordance with the provisions of the Association's Bylaws.

Article VII Committees
PARA 10. The Early Career Psychologists Committee shall be a standing committee of the Division, with duties as provided in Article II, Sections 3, 4, and 5, of these Bylaws. The Early Career Psychologists Committee shall consist of three persons serving three-year staggered terms, with the senior member in terms of expiration of term normally serving as chairperson. Fellows, Members, and voting Associates of the Division shall be eligible for appointment to the Early Career Psychologists Committee. To serve on the Early Career Psychologist Committee, potential members must have completed their doctorate within (7) seven or fewer years prior to their appointment to the Committee.

PARA 11. The Continuing Education Committee shall be a standing committee of the Division, with duties as provided in Article II, Sections 3, 4, and 5, of these Bylaws. The Continuing Education Committee shall consist of three persons serving three-year staggered terms, with the senior member in terms of expiration of term normally serving as chairperson. Fellows, Members, and voting Associates of the Division shall be eligible for appointment to the Continuing Education Committee.

Article VIII. Dues & Assessments
PARA 2. Membership additional dues, and special assessments, may be recommended by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee of the Division, and shall be established by majority vote of the membership present and voting at an annual business meeting, or by mail or electronic ballot, as provided in Article II, Sections 8 and 9, of these Bylaws.

Article IX. Ammendments
PARA 1. The Division, by two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting at any annual business meeting, or by a majority vote of the Division membership voting by mail or electronic ballot, as provided in Article II, Sections 8 and 9, of these Bylaws, may adopt such amendments to these Bylaws as have been (a) presented and read at the preceding annual business meeting, or (b) circulated to the Division membership at least one (1) month prior to the final vote on the proposed amendment(s). Circulation may be carried out either (a) by publication in the Division's Newsletter, (b) by separate mailing, postal or electronic, to the last known addresses of the membership or (c) by Website. 

Military Psychology Wants You

Anyone interested in serving as a reviewer for papers submitted to Military Psychology can do so by signing up to serve as a reviewer on the submission portal.

Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology, edited by Janice H. Laurence and Michael Matthews, was recently published by Oxford University Press (ISBN13: 978-0-19-539932-5; ISBN10: 0-19-539932-3). The book contains 25 chapters written by international experts in military psychology that include uniformed soldiers, civilian employees of the military and other government agencies, academics and clinicians. The handbook provides a contemporary overview of how the science and practice of psychology has influenced the military organization and its members. Chapters within the handbook address a myriad of topics including but not limited to suitability for service, leadership, decision making, training, terrorism, sociocultural competencies, diversity and cohesion, morale, quality-of-life, ethical challenges, and mental health and fitness. The handbook illustrates many of the ways in which modern psychology supports military personnel in their varied and complex missions and highlights the tremendous influence psychology has had on the military and society as a whole. Learn more and purchase the handbook.

Congratulations to Jean L. Dyer!

Dr. Jean L. Dyer retired from federal service on March 1, 2012. Dyer started her career with the Army in 1976 serving in various capacities within both the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA and the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) at the Fort Benning Research Unit. Her work earned her a strong reputation as training researcher within the Army, especially in the areas of marksmanship, night operations, and ground Soldier systems. Her exemplary soldier-focused research clearly advanced the ARI‘s goals to sustain and train the force and enhance Army readiness. She was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal on behalf of the Secretary of the Army at her retirement ceremony. Dyer accepted a position as research professor at the College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.