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Veterans Affairs

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Division 18 is the home division for VA psychologists within APA because it’s the only division with a dedicated section for VA psychologists. VA section members include psychologists and other stakeholders who promote the VA’s mission through patient care, research, training, and consumer activities, and who form a national network to share ideas and address concerns.

Check out our brochure (PDF, 209KB) to learn more.

VA Section Executive Committee (elected officers)

Edgar Villarreal, PhD

Immediate Past Chair
Gayle Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP

VA Section Secretary/Treasurer
Josh Rinker, PsyD

Board of Directors (appointed officers)

Public Relations Committee

  • Chair: Sharon Malinowski

Education and Training

  • Chair: Jeremy Saenz

Membership Committee

  • Chair: Charlottee McCloskey
  • Chair: Ashley Schnakenberg Martin
  • Registration: Roxanne Untal
  • Student representative: Lexie Thomas
  • Student representative: Christopher Penn
  • Early career psychology: Tyonna Adams
  • Early career psychology: Zina Peters
  • Early career psychology: Amy Hufstedler
  • Mid career psychology: Latasha Mack
  • Mid career psychology: Laura Eaton
  • Late career psychology: Vacant

Education and Training Committee

  • Chair: Jeremy Saenz
  • Samantha Chin
  • Carter Fisher Jump
  • Caitriona Tilden

Public Relations Committee

  • Chair: Sharon Malinoswki
  • Tanecia Blue
  • Micol Levi-Minzi

Ralph Fingar

Sidney Cleveland

Jonathan Cummings

Tom Patterson

Kenneth A. Klauck

Nanci I. Moore

Robert Gresen

Thomas Miller

Bernhard E. Bloom

Robert D. Kerns

Joan Freedman Joynson

Robert W. Goldberg

James Besyner

Dolly Sadow

Richard A. Carothers

Robert A. Zeiss

Brian M. Pilgrim

Linda Bodie

Anne Klee

Tim Carmody

Howard Steinberg

Monica Roy

Tiffanie Fennell

Gayle Iwamasa

Edgar Villarreal

The VA Section of Div. 18 participates in two conferences each year: APA convention and the VA Psychology Leadership Conference (VAPLC).

APA 2022

Registration for the APA annual convention in Minneapolis in August is open! There are in-person and virtual rates, increasing access to days-worth of learning sessions, CEU’s, meetings and more. We have selected an exciting line-up of symposia, skill-building courses and posters you can learn more about through the convention mobile app (free to download) or online here. We are also thrilled to return to in person social hours, business meetings and committee gatherings. Please add these to your convention plan – we’d love to meet you and connect in person. Lastly, we have much to celebrate and will be announcing awards, passing the torch to new leaders, and expressing gratitude for the amazing accomplishments of some of our members. Learn more about the convention and sign up for email alerts.

VA Psychology Leadership Conference

The 25th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, co-sponsored with AVAPL and American Psychological Association, was held June 1–3, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. The theme was Together Again: Recharging Our Community and Reimagining Our Next 25 Years as Psychology Leaders. Invited speakers included Maysa Akbar, PhD, ABPP — Chief Diversity Officer of the American Psychological Association, Donald Remy, JD — Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Chris Diaz, MS — Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison for the Office of the Secretary; Department of Veterans Affairs. Continuing education credits for the VA Psychology Leadership Conference program were sponsored by Division 18. Several of the outstanding and notable presenters agreed to make their presentation materials available for online review and those can be found here. Missed out in 2022? We look forward to your submissions and engagement in 2023! Learn more about the VA Psychology Leadership Conference.

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Last updated: December 2022Date created: October 2011
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