In this issue
By LTC Melba C. Stetz, PhD
Greetings from South Korea,
This is another great edition containing very exciting articles. Starting with the reports, we have the following information to share:
- Our division's president calls for us to focus on the “psychologist development pipeline.” She understands that the future of our field depends on our new generation of psychologists. Therefore, they need our guidance and mentorship for the road ahead .
- 2014 convention programming —Because our meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., we hope that the media as well as many military leaders and congressional representatives come to our sessions. We have about 20 proposals for symposiums and 80 proposals for papers or posters. Topics include themes such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, resilience, sexual harassment, suicide and the future of military psychology.
- Welcome new members —One hundred and forty-nine new members joined our division during the period of Oct. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013 .
- The Continuing Education (CE) Committee reminds us of their mission: the development of needed high-quality CE opportunities. This free service not only helps us have many exciting presentations during the conventions but also fulfills our license requirements. Let's look for their sponsored CE workshops .
- The Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Committee has created a LinkedIn page for Div. 19 ECPs. This committee wants us to look out for the poster session “ Early Career Opportunities in APA Divisions: Get Engaged .” They also remind us to participate in the Travel Awards Programs and to come see what they have prepared for us at our hospitality suite.
- The Student Affairs Committee develops leadership positions to be filled only by highly motivated students. There are now 35 new campus representatives serving as ambassadors for military psychology at 26 separate graduation institutions . Please read about their scholarships and grants.
- Announcements—Please do not forget to read this section on call for nominations, achievement awards, grants, internships, meetings and employment opportunities.
We also received the following great articles:
- PTSD in the criminal justice system —Even though there has been little research examining veterans in the criminal justice system, approximately nine percent of the national prison population is composed of veterans with main symptoms such as hyper-vigilance and hyper-aggression. The author has good recommendations for early intervention before deployment to hostile environments .
- A vision for the future —We are reminded of the importance of reviewing the administration's budget and the eventual Armed Services and Appropriations Committee agreements with the White House when it comes to advances such as computerized systems, telehealth and even young adults joining our force .
- In our Spotlight on History column, we are provided with a descriptive history of military aviation psychology, and we are reminded about the importance of aviation medicine to the profession as well as the many contributors such as Lyster, Henmon, Thorndike, Flanagan and Fitts.
- In our Spotlight on Research column, the authors discuss the development of a real-time assessment tool to detect specific stress effects in a team's operational setting. Very novel and interesting.
We are looking forward to your submissions for our summer edition and to seeing you at the convention.