Veterans Affairs psychology leadership conference shares best practices, leadership opportunities

Photos and highlights from the 2011 VA Psychology Leadership Conference

By Communications Staff

June 9, 2011—“Psychology leaders display the courage to say things that need to be said and take paths that others fear to tread,” APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, told attendees at the 14th annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 18-21, in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to Dr. Nordal, this year’s conference speakers included APA President Melba Vasquez, PhD, APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice Randy Phelps, PhD, and Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest, Government Relations Office, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH. The meeting was sponsored by APA’s Practice Directorate, the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders and Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service).

 

2011 VA Psych Leadership ConferenceThe 2011 VA Psych Leadership Conference brought together more than 200 Department of Veterans Affairs psychology leaders to share best practices and promote leadership opportunities.

 

Katherine C. Nordal, PhDAPA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, presenting her address, “The State of Health care: Implications for Professional Practice.” 

 

APA President Melba Vasquez, PhDAPA’s Role in Meeting the Needs of Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Families (PDF, 1.7MB),” a slide presentation by APA President Melba Vasquez, PhD, can be found on the conference website.

 

Left to right: APA President Melba Vasquez, PhD, APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice Randy Phelps, PhD, and Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPHLeft to right: APA President Melba Vasquez, PhD, APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice Randy Phelps, PhD, and Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH.

 

Advocacy on Behalf of VeteransAdvocacy on Behalf of Veterans (PDF, 1.43MB),” a slide presentation by Drs. Elmore and Phelps can be found on the conference website.

 
 

Left to right: Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) President Linda Bodie, PsyD, APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice Randy Phelps, PhD, Conference Chair Lisa Kearney, PhD, Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, George Arana, MD, APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, Association of VA Psychologist Leaders President George Shorter, PhD.Left to right: Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) President Linda Bodie, PsyD, APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice Randy Phelps, PhD, Conference Chair Lisa Kearney, PhD, Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, George Arana, MD, APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, Association of VA Psychologist Leaders President George Shorter, PhD.

 

Left to right: Acting Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for Mental Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Antonette Zeiss, PhD, and Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH.Left to right: Acting Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for Mental Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Antonette Zeiss, PhD, and Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office, Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH.

 

 Photos credit Mathew Sturtevant, fotomatt.