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 – 8:45 am Opening Invited Address
Carolyn Clancy, M.D.
Executive in Charge
Veterans Health Administration
8:45 am – 9:45 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
9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 11:00 am Keynote Address
The Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior

Thomas Joiner, Ph.D.
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Florida State University
11:00 am – 11:30 am Memorials and Tributes
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Breakouts – Session A
Breakout 1 (Navarro)
Women in Leadership

Janna Fikkan, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Training
VA Puget Sound, American Lake Division
 
Antonette Zeiss Ph.D.
Retired
Former Chief Consultant, 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
 
Jamylah Jackson, Ph.D.
Training Director
North Texas VA Healthcare System
 
Erin Patel, Psy.D.
Assistant Chief, Psychology Section
Director of Training, Psychology
VA Tennessee Valley HCS


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)
Engaging Providers and Veterans in Shared Decision Making
Jonathan Hessinger, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist
Hines VA Medical Center
 
Kristin L. Powell, Ph.D.
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Implementation Program Manager
VISN 6 MIRECC
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
 
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
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
Women in Leadership (Navarro)
General Lunch Area (Carranza)
Early Career Psychologists (Villa)
Mid-Career Psychologists (Zapata)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakouts – Session A
Topics Repeated

(See previous descriptions and room locations)
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Brief Break – Move to Plenary (Navarro)
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm 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

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 – 5:45 pm Workplace Safety for VA Psychologists: Open Discussion
Russell B. Lemle, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
San Francisco VA Health Care System
 
Lynn M. Van Male, Ph.D., CTM
Directory, VHA Workplace Violence Prevention Program
VHA CO, OMHSP
5:45 pm – 7:45 pm Social Hour/Poster Session 1&2
Navarro Ballroom Lobby

Conference Day 2: Thursday, May 31, 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
APA Presidential Address
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
 
Marcos Lopez, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and PRRC Coordinator
VA Central California HCS -- Fresno
 
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.
Director, Mental Health Clinical Operations
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office
11:15 am – 12:15 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.
Matt Moore, Ph.D.
Theresa Schmitz, Ph.D.
John W. Klocek, Ph.D.
Claire Collie, Ph.D.
Jay L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Marcia Hunt, Ph.D.
VHA National Mental Health Technical Assistance Specialist Team
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
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
General Lunch Area (Navarro)
     (Includes Residential and other special topic
       groups)

Training Directors (Carranza)
Advocacy (Villa)
Diversity/Psychologists of Color (Zapata)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout – Session B
Topics Repeated

(See previous descriptions and room locations)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Brief Break
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm The Role of Veterans Service Organizations in the Future of VA
Amy Webb
National Legislative Policy Advisor
AMVETS
 
Shurhonda Love
Assistant National Legislative Director
Disabled American Veterans
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Invited Panel (Open Plenary)
Best Practices from the Field: Preventing Suicide and Improving Access to Quality Mental Health Services
1. Utilizing Interprofessional Telehealth Emergency Response Teams: An Opportunity to Enhance Suicide Prevention Outreach During National Emergencies

*Jill Hedt, PhD
*Matt Rogers, PA-C
Sari Ambert-Pompey, MD
VISN 20/Boise VAMC

 
2. REACH VET and the Impact on Integrated Healthcare
*Kaily A. Cannizzaro, PsyD
Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

 
3. Impact of Participation in VA Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Depression on Suicidal Ideation Among Veterans
*Kristine Day, PhD1,2
*Kristin L. Powell, PhD1,2
Nathan Kimbrel, PhD2
Mandy Kumpula, PhD2
H. Ryan Wagner, PhD2
Chris M. Crowe, PhD1
Wendy Batdorf, PhD2
Hani Shabana2

 
1Office of MH and Suicide Prevention – VACO
2VISN6 MIRECC
 
*Denotes Presenter
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Invited Address
Update on Psychology Training from OAA

Stacy Pommer
Associate Director
Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Central Office
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 - 3:45 pm
(45-minute break for lunch at noon and two 15-minute breaks)
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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