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.

Division 18 Business Meeting

Div. 18 Business Meeting and Awards Reception during APA 2020, Aug. 7, 3 p.m. ET: Register and receive your link to the Zoom meeting. 

Congratulations to award recipients!

VA Section honors seven VA Section award recipients during its Business Meeting and Awards Reception at virtual APA 2020 on Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. ET.

The VA Psychology Leadership Conference’s Russell B. Lemle Psychology Leadership Award was presented to Rodney Baker during the virtual VA Psychology Leadership event on July 30. Baker is well-known to many as VA psychology’s historian among many other contributions. What a well-deserved honor!

Upcoming webinars

Aug. 13, 3 p.m. ET: Examining the Active-Duty to Veteran Transition from Both Sides of the DD-214: Clinical Considerations and Recommendations from VA and DOD Perspectives. 1.0 CE available. Learn more about this webinar and register.

Aug 31, 3 p.m. ET: Establishing and Maintaining a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 1.0 CE available. Learn more about this webinar and register.

Sep 3, 3 p.m. ET: Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (T/GNC) Service Members and Veterans. 1.0 CE available. 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 the these tasks. 

Email the VA Section for more information about these opportunities, or if you have other ideas on ways to get involved. 

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

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

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 

Student Representative
Rachel N. Ward
Palo Alto University 

Early Career Psychologist Representative
Josh Rinker, PsyD
VA Portland Health Care System

Mid-Career Psychologist Representative
Charlotte McCloskey, PhD
Kansas City 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 2020

The 2020 APA convention is virtual. Stay tuned for more information regarding dates and times of relevant education sessions and our business meeting.

VA Psychology Leadership Conference

Div. 18 co-sponsors the annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference with APA and the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders. This year’s 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!

On July 30, 2020, we will host a two-hour virtual event to recognize VAPLC award recipients and affirm the community through conversations on present-day topics. More information will be sent out over the VA Section listserv as the event approaches.

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Last updated: August 2020Date created: October 2011
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