Give an Hour founder Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2012

Van Dahlen is honored for her work connecting members of the military, veterans and their families with mental health services

By Communications staff

April 26, 2012—TIME Magazine has named APA member Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder and president of the non-profit organization Give an Hour, to its TIME 100 list honoring 100 people who are making an enduring impact around the world.

“To be named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World is a tremendous honor and an extremely valuable gift,” says Van Dahlen. “I plan to use this wonderful opportunity to continue our efforts to ensure that all of the men, women and families who serve our country receive the care and support that they need and deserve.”

Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour, an organization that has created a national network of psychologists and other licensed mental health providers who provide free counseling and mental health services to members of the military, veterans and their families. Since Give an Hour was founded in 2005, participation has grown to more than 6,100 providers and volunteers who have given nearly 50,000 hours.

APA is a partner of Give an Hour since 2008, and has worked to spread the word about the organization, its mission, commitment and the process by which psychologists can volunteer their services to military personnel and their families.

“APA has been a strong supporter of our effort to create a comprehensive and integrated system of care for our returning troops and their families,” says Van Dahlen. “Psychologists bring significant expertise and experience to this conversation and will continue to play a critical role as our service members and their families return to our communities.”

In addition to this honor, Van Dahlen has been named a winner in the White House’s Joining Forces Community Challenge. The effort recognizes and celebrates citizens and organizations across the country that are working to support and improve the lives of military families. In a press release announcing the winners, First Lady Michelle Obama praised the winners of the challenge for “leading by example, and showing that all of us can find a way to serve those who serve us.”

For more information on Give an Hour or to find out how to get involved, visit the organization's website.