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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.

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. 


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


Edgar Villarreal, PhD
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center 

Immediate Past Chair 

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


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
San Francisco VA 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


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

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 2021Date created: October 2011
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