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.

Get involved in the VA Section, and attend these upcoming section events.

Upcoming webinars

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. 

Chair
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

Secretary/Treasurer
Meghna Patel, PhD, ABPP
Atlanta VA Medical Center

Membership Representatives
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 

Newsletter Editor 
Maryke Harrison, PhD
San Francisco VA Health Care System

Webinar Coordination Team
Suzanne Spinola, PhD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Student Representative
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

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 2021

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!

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Last updated: September 2020Date created: October 2011
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