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.
Get involved in the VA Section, and attend these upcoming section events.
Sep. 15, 3 p.m. ET: How to Get a VA Psychology Internship. Learn more about this webinar and register.
Oct. 6, 3 p.m. ET: How to Get a VA Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. Learn more about this webinar and register.
Good read during VA psychology’s 75th year of service to veterans
"Still More Stories From VA Psychology," edited by Rodney R. Baker and Kathleen M. McNamara: Still More Stories From VA Psychology (PDF, 118KB) is the latest in the series describing the leadership careers of former and current psychology leaders in the VA. Read about the career paths and lessons learned from the leaders themselves.
Get involved! Current VA Section leadership opportunities
Website liaison: Help keep the VA Section webpages current with updated content. The website liaison will work with VA Section officers and representatives to add and update content and submit those updates to APA’s website editors. No website programming experience needed.
Webinar coordinator: There are many aspects to hosting webinars—identifying webinar topics and speakers, submitting the CE application, providing technical support during the webinar, sending out CE certificates to attendees, etc. You can participate in all or some of these tasks.
Email the VA Section for more information about these opportunities, or if you have other ideas on ways to get involved.
Gayle Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office
Immediate Past Chair
Tiffanie Fennell, PhD, ABPP
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Meghna Patel, PhD, ABPP
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Whitney Stubbs, PhD
G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center
Ashley Schnakenberg Martin, PhD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Social Media Representative
Sharon Malinowski, MA
VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System
Maryke Harrison, PhD
San Francisco VA Health Care System
Webinar Coordination Team
Suzanne Spinola, PhD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Rachel N. Ward
Palo Alto University
Early Career Psychologist Representative
Edgar Villarreal, PhD
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
Mid-Career Psychologist Representative
Charlotte McCloskey, PhD
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Kenneth A. Klauck
Nanci I. Moore
Bernhard E. Bloom
Robert D. Kerns
Joan Freedman Joynson
Robert W. Goldberg
Richard A. Carothers
Robert A. Zeiss
Brian M. Pilgrim
The VA Section of Div. 18 participates in two conferences each year: APA convention and the VA Psychology Leadership Conference (VAPLC).
Stay tuned for information about call for proposals!
VA Psychology Leadership Conference
Div. 18 co-sponsors the annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference with APA and the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders. The 2020 conference was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety precautions. We hope to reconvene in San Antonio in 2021! Check out our conference website for more details!