skip to main content

APA fellow status is an honor that recognizes evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions to or performance in the field of psychology that has had an impact beyond a local, state, or regional level.

In Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service), we view election as a fellow to be an honor not only for the individual but also for the division, and we welcome the nomination of outstanding division members for this distinction who have made substantial contributions to public service psychology. 

We would like to congratulate Jacque Gray, Gayle Iwamasa, Anne Klee, and Matthew Ubben, who were elected to fellow status in 2019. Femina P. Varghese was elected to fellow status in 2020.

Varghese, Gray, Iwamasa, Klee, and Ubben, join an illustrious group of psychologists who have APA fellow status in Div. 18.

2020: Femina P. Varghese, PhD

Femina P. Varghese, PhD Femina P. Varghese, PhD, is a professor in the counseling psychology PhD program at the University of Central Arkansas. She investigates risk and protective factors in recidivism in justice-involved adults and youth, particularly the role of work. She also studies the effectiveness of telehealth modalities. She is past president of Div. 18 and also served as chair of its Criminal Justice section. She currently serves as as an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Services, Div. 18's official journal.

Jacque Gray, PhD

Jacque Gray, PhD Jacque Gray is a Choctaw/Cherokee research associate professor and associate director of Indigenous Programs at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), a national resource center for Native American elder abuse. NIEJI has been funded since 2011 to address elder abuse in Indian Country. In addition, Gray is the lead for the Strong Heart Study Psychosocial Work Group, a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders in American Indians that began in 1988. She has worked to address health, mental health, and health disparities across Indian Country for more than 35 years and internationally, working with Māori suicide prevention. She participated in the White House Conference on Aging in 2015 to address elder justice issues and has worked with tribes across the U.S. for more than 35 years. Gray received a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1998 and has been at UND since 1999. Gray is a member of the Psychologists in Indian Country Section of Div. 18.

Gayle Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP

Gayle Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP I am a clinical psychologist and currently serve as National Mental Health Quality Improvement and Implementation consultant and National Inpatient Mental Health Services coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In these roles, I provide technical assistance and consultation across the VA system regarding implementation of evidence-based treatments and required mental health services and serve as a subject matter expert regarding inpatient mental health care. My initial involvement with APA began when I was in graduate school at Purdue University as a fellow for APA’s Minority Fellowship Program. I have been actively involved with APA since that time and have served in governance on the Committee on Women in Psychology, the Board of Convention Affairs, and several Presidential Task Forces. In addition to serving as chair-elect for the Div. 18 VA Section, I also currently serve on the division’s Diversity Committee. I also have been actively involved in Divisions 12 and 45. I am currently serving as faculty for APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and I also serve on multiple editorial boards of APA journals. I’m honored to have been inducted as a fellow in Div. 18 and will encourage others who actively contribute to the division to apply.  

Anne Klee, PhD

Anne Klee, PhD Anne Klee, PhD, is a past president of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service)  of the American Psychological Association (APA), current APA Council representative for Div. 18, and the past chair for the APA Public Interest Caucus. She is also the outgoing president of the Connecticut Psychological Association and formerly was their federal advocacy coordinator. Regionally, she is a member of the CT State Innovation Model Practice Transformation Task Force.

Klee received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, her graduate degree from Yeshiva University, and completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Yale University School of Medicine. For the past 17 years, she has worked at the Errera Community Care Center of VA Connecticut Healthcare where she is the director of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and the director of Peer Services. Over the past several years, she has co-authored several clinical grants, including one to establish the Wellness Center at the Errera Community Care Center with the mission of providing individualized health promotion services to individuals with serious mental illnesses. In addition, she is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. In all, she is devoted to training and supporting the work of peer specialists, developing quality, recovery-oriented programs for individuals with SMI, training the next generation of clinicians in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation, and engaging them in careers in public mental health.

Matthew Ubben, PsyD, MBA, ABPP

Matthew A. Ubben, PsyD, MBA, ABPP, is honored to become a Div. 18 fellow. His 19-year career has been in multiple-decorated service to two cabinet-level departments of the U.S. government (i.e., defense and state), as well as three agencies of the U.S. intelligence community. He currently serves as a consultant in support of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as its subject matter expert for psychological assessment and selection regarding personnel whose access to classified information has been identified as potentially concerning to NGA’s Personnel Security Division. He is board certified by the American Board of Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology, and serves on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he is certified by the Department of Defense as a “Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE)” psychologist. Along with Div. 18, he is also a fellow of APA’s Divisions 13 and 19.

Last updated: December 2020Date created: December 2018

Related Resources

Division 18 membership