Conference Agenda

21st Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference

Preventing Suicide and Enhancing Access Through Integrated Healthcare

Sponsored by APA, the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) and APA Division 18-Psychologists in Public Service

May 29 – June 1, 2018
The Westin Riverwalk

420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210. 224.6500
Westin Riverwalk Conference Reservations

Please note that only some sessions provide continuing education (CE) credit. Throughout the program, sessions that provide CE credit are denoted with (CE). Those that do not provide CE credit are marked as (no CE).

Pre-Conference: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration and Reception
Navarro Ballroom Lobby

Conference Day 1: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Navarro Ballroom

 
7:00 am – 8:00 am
     7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
     Welcome Breakfast (optional)
     Introduction to the Conference
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Overview
8:15 am – 9:00 am Opening Invited Address
TBA
9:00 am – 10:00 am Invited Panel
Innovative Practices in Suicide Prevention

Craig Bryan, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
University of Utah

Keita Franklin, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Suicide Prevention
Office of MH and Suicide Prevention - VHA
 
Lisa Brenner, Ph.D.
Director, VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am Invited Presentation
Update from the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VA Central Office
 
Wendy Tenhula, Ph.D.
Director, Innovation and Collaboration
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VA Central Office
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakouts – Session A
Breakout 1 (Navarro)
Women in Leadership

Antonette Zeiss Ph.D.
Retired
Former Chief Consultant, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office
 
Janna Fikkan, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Training
VA Puget Sound, American Lake Division


Breakout 2 (Cerranza)
Psychology Advocacy

Tracey Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care
South Central MIRECC
President-Elect, AVAPL
 
Russell B. Lemle, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
San Francisco VA Health Care System
 
Heather O'Beirne Kelly, Ph.D.
Director, Military and Veterans Health Policy
American Psychological Association
 
Kathleen M. McNamara, Ph.D., ABPP
Lead Professional (Retired)
Pacific Islands Health Care System


Breakout 3 (Villa)
Shared Decision Making
Kristine T. Day, Ph.D.
National Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Program Manager
VISN 6 MIRECC
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office


Breakout 4 (Zapata)
Update from the Midwinter AVAPL Meeting

Mary Beth Shea, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Orlando VAMC
President, AVAPL
 
Ronald Gironda, Ph.D.
Assistant Chief of Mental Health and Behavior Sciences and Chief of the Psychology Section, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Past-President, AVAPL
 
Tracey Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care
South Central MIRECC
President-Elect, AVAPL
 
Genevieve Davis, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Western Telemental Health Network (VISN 20)
Secretary, AVAPL
 
Samuel Wan, Ph.D.
Training Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
San Francisco VA Health Care System
Treasurer, AVAPL
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
General Lunch Area (Navarro)
Women in Leadership (Carranza)
Early Career Psychologists (Villa)
Mid-Career Psychologists (Zapata)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Breakouts – Session A
Topics Repeated

(See previous descriptions and room locations)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Brief Break – Move to Plenary (Navarro)
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Keynote Address
The Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior

Thomas Joiner, Ph.D.
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Florida State University
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Invited Presentation
APA Update
Heather O'Beirne Kelly, Ph.D.
Director, Military and Veterans Health Policy
American Psychological Association
4:45 pm – 5:305 pm Invited Address
Update on Psychology Training from OAA

Ken Jones, PhD
Director, Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Central Office
 
Stacy Pommer
Associate Director
Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Central Office
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Social Hour/Poster Session 1&2
Navarro Ballroom Lobby

Conference Day 2: Thursday, May 30, 2018
Navarro Ballroom

7:00 am – 8:00 am
        7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast (Navarro)    
        Job Networking Breakfast
        (optional)
        (Villa)
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Housekeeping
8:15 am – 9:15 am Keynote Address
Title TBA
Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., ABPP
President
American Psychological Association
9:15 am – 10:15 am Invited Panel
Diversity Issues for Psychologists and Veterans

Gayle Iwamasa, Ph.D.
National Technical Assistance Specialist
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VA Central Office
 
Jillian Shipherd, Ph.D.
Director, LGBT Program
VACO
10:15 am – 10:30 am Brief Break
10:30 am – 11:15 am Invited Presentation
VA Telemental Health Innovations: Improving Access to Care

Kendra Weaver, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, Mental Health Clinical Operations
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VA Central Office
11:15 am – 11:30 pm Brief Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Breakouts - Session B
Breakout 1 (Navarro)
Psychology Productivity
Clifford Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Field Support and Analytics
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Breakout 2 (Cerranza)
Measurement-Based Care
Tracey Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care
South Central MIRECC
President-Elect, AVAPL


Breakout 3 (Villa)
Beyond the Metrics:  A Crash Course in Performance Improvement
Gayle Iwamasa, Ph.D.
National Technical Assistance Specialist
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
 
Matt Moore, Ph.D.
National Technical Assistance Specialist
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Breakout 4 (Zapata)
Multicultural Issues in Psychology Training

Samuel Wan, Ph.D.
Training Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
San Francisco VA Health Care System
 
Jamylah Jackson, Ph.D.
Training Director
North Texas VA Healthcare System
 
Evelyn Lemoine, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Training
Atlanta VA Healthcare System
 
Andrea Michels, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Training
Atlanta VA Healthcare System
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
General Lunch Area (Navarro)
Training Directors (Carranza)
Advocacy (Villa)
Diversity/Psychologists of Color (Zapata)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout – Session B
Topics Repeated

(See previous descriptions and room locations)
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Brief Break
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Invited Panel
The Role of Veterans Service Organizations in Mental Health Access

Amy Webb
AMVETS
 
TBA
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Invited Panel (Open Plenary)
Best Practices from the Field: Improving Access to Quality Mental Health Services

TBA
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Presentation of the Russell B. Lemle and Patrick DeLeon Awards
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Closing Remarks and Open Discussion
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Brief Break
Social Hour begins, CE Certificates available, return to Extended Open Discussion
6:15 pm – 8:00 pm Extended Open Discussion and Social Hour

CE Workshop Day: Friday, June 1, 2018
Navarro Ballroom

7:30 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
(45-minute break for lunch at noon)
Continuing Education Workshop
Law, Ethics, and Risk Management for Psychologists
Daniel O. Taube, J.D., Ph.D.
The Trust Insurance Company
Professor (Retired)
CSPP – San Francisco


This post-conference workshop is sponsored in part by
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The presenters have reported no conflicts of interest or commercial support for this program.

Division 18 – Psychologists in Public Service – of the American Psychological Association is the continuing education sponsor for this VA Psychology Leadership Conference.   Division 18 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 18 maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This conference has been approved for 12 hours of continuing education credit. The Saturday Workshop has been approved for an additional 6 hours of continuing education credit. Participants must attend all portions of the conference and/or workshop to obtain continuing education credit. For information about the conference, please contact Mike Martin, Ph.D., (404) 321-6111 x4354.

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