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Veterans Affairs

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Div. 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.

Chair

Gayle Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office

Chair-Elect

Edgar Villarreal, PhD
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center 

Immediate Past Chair 

Tiffanie Fennell, PhD, ABPP
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Secretary/Treasurer

Josh Rinker, PsyD
VA Portland Healthcare Center

Membership Representatives

Whitney Stubbs, PhD
South Texas Veterans Healthcare System

Ashley Schnakenberg Martin, PhD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Social Media Representative

Sharon Malinowski, PsyD
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Newsletter Editor 

Maryke Van Zyl, PhD 
San Francisco VA Health Care System

Webinar Coordinator

Suzanne Spinola, PhD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Student Representative

Rachel N. Ward
Palo Alto University 

Early Career Psychologist Representative

Tyonna Adams, PsyD
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Mid-Career Psychologist Representative

Charlotte McCloskey, PhD
Kansas City VA Medical Center

LaTasha McKenzie Mack, PhD
Fresno VA Medical Center

1977–78

Ralph Fingar

1979

Sidney Cleveland

1980–81

Jonathan Cummings

1982

Tom Patterson

1983–84

Kenneth A. Klauck

1985–86

Nanci I. Moore

1987–88

Robert Gresen

1989–90

Thomas Miller

1991–92

Bernhard E. Bloom

1993–94

Robert D. Kerns

1995–96

Joan Freedman Joynson

1997–98

Robert W. Goldberg

1999–2000

James Besyner

2001–02

Dolly Sadow

2003–04

Richard A. Carothers

2005–06

Robert A. Zeiss

2007–08

Brian M. Pilgrim

2009

Linda Bodie

2010–12

Anne Klee

2012–14

Tim Carmody

2014–16

Howard Steinberg

2016–18

Monica Roy

2018–20

Tiffanie Fennell

2020–22

Gayle Iwamasa

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 2022 convention in Minneapolis opens in April. 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, is slated for June 1–3, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. Continuing education credits for this program are sponsored by Division 18. VA psychologists—including program managers, chiefs/lead psychologists, early career psychologists, and psychology trainees—are strongly encouraged to attend. Proposals that address leadership within VA, equity, diversity, and inclusion; health disparities; advocacy; legislative and organizational updates; and innovation and telehealth are encouraged.

Learn more about the VA Psychology Leadership Conference. Presentation recordings and materials from the 2021 virtual conference are also now available for download.

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Last updated: January 2022Date created: October 2011
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