Hosted by APA Division 19

In collaboration with:

  • The Center for Deployment Psychology
  • Catholic University of America
  • The DC Psychological Association

“The most interesting continuing ed. I have attended since leaving the military over 20 years AGO. Outstanding!!!”

– 2022 Military Psychology Summit attendee

THANK YOU to all the presenters and the more than 800 attendees around the world who made this year’s summit an absolute success.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2023

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) DETAILS FOR ATTENDEES

Division 19: Society for Military Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Division 19 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 19: Society for Military Psychology offers attendees credit hours for participation in this training. Participant attendance data will be collected electronically during webinars and individual presentations must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit. There is a 30-day time limit post-training to complete all CE requirements. Partial credits cannot be issued. Inquiries regarding CE credits may be directed via email to Division19CEC@gmail.com

DAILY AGENDA (EST)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

10:30 am | Introduction, Dean Presidents

11:00 am | Executive Perspectives on Effective Leadership

12:30 pm | Treating Moral Injury in Veterans

2:00 pm | Advocacy and Collaboration with Military Service Organizations & Veteran Service Organizations

3:30 pm | Panel: Society for Leadership Program Capstone Presentations

5:00 pm | Strengthening the Homefront: A Tactical Toolkit Targeting Key Factors During Deployment

6:00 pm | Student Chapter: So you want to Sustain, Create or Join a Student Chapter?

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

10:30 am | Editor’s Choice

11:30 am | Forensic Psychology in a Military Setting

1:00 pm | The Military-Civilian Transition Process

2:00 pm | Advocating for Division 19 Priorities: Why, How, Who, When?

3:00 pm | Meeting with the Journal Editors

4:30 pm | Update on Operational Psychology in Special Operations

6:00 pm | Early Career Psychologist Mentorship

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

10:30 am | Updates on Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention

12:00 pm | Psychosocial Well-Being, Spirituality, Meaning and Performance in the Military

1:00 pm | Panel: “Our Experiences with Intersectionality”

2:00 pm | Defense Health Program (DHP) Research and Funding Opportunities in Psychological Health

3:00 pm | Virtual Reality Metaverse Applications for Addressing PTSD: From Combat to Cops to COVID and Beyond!

4:00 pm | Psychology at Work: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Military

5:00 pm | DoD/VA Directors

6:00 pm | Intern, Resident, and Fellow Experience

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

PRESENTATION DETAILS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

10:30 am

Introduction, Presidents

CDR Tatana Olson

CDR Tatana Olson

President of Division 19 | Acting Chief of Staff, Research & Engineering Directorate – Defense Health Agency | Active Duty Navy Officer

Brendan A. Rich, PhD

Brendan A. Rich, PhD

Associate Professor, Masters Program Director, Psychology Department Chair – The Catholic University of America | CAU has sponsored the summit since the inception of the program

Samira Paul, PhD

Samira Paul, PhD

President – District of Columbia’s Psychological
Association

11:00 am

Executive Perspectives on Effective Leadership

Two senior DoD SES leaders and a President and CEO of a non-profit military-serving organization will discuss effective leadership principles they have applied in their careers in the military community. Each of these leaders are psychologists who have risen through the ranks in a variety of leadership roles. They will describe these principles they have applied in various roles in their current jobs. Additionally, they will discuss resources within their organizations or within the DOD or non-profit military arena.

Elizabeth “Elise”  Van Winkle, PhD

Elizabeth “Elise” Van Winkle, PhD

Director of Strategic Analytics, Requirements and Capabilities Division - Raytheon Intelligence and Space

Becky Porter, PhD

Becky Porter, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer - Military Child Education Coalition - Former President of Div. 19 - Ret. Army veteran

Tim Hoyt, PhD

Tim Hoyt, PhD

Deputy Director - Force Resiliency in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness - Ret. Army veteran

12:30 pm

Treating Moral Injury in Veterans

Become familiar with moral injury more broadly and its presentation in military members and veterans. Presenters will discuss different methods of treating moral injury, including Adaptive Disclosure treatment, Impact of Killing, Building Spiritual Strength, and Mindfulness to Manage Moral Injury. The programs to be presented acknowledge and have attempted to take into account the impact of barriers to mental health treatment among military populations. These barriers include culture, race, belief systems, occupational and family responsibilities, disabilities, mental health symptoms, and living locations (i.e., distant or rural locations), among others.

Michelle Kelley, PhD

Michelle Kelley, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Eminent Scholar – Old Dominion University

Brett Litz, PhD

Brett Litz, PhD

Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology – Boston University Director | Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center – VA Boston Healthcare System

Shari Maguen, PhD

Shari Maguen, PhD

Mental Health Director, Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic and Staff Psychologist on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) – San Francisco VA Health Care System | Professor, Department of Psychiatry – UCSF School of Medicine

Tim Usset, PhD

Tim Usset, PhD

Ordained Minister – United Church of Christ | Executive Director – Physicians Wellness Collaborative | Research Assistant – Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center

2:00 pm

Advocacy and Collaboration with Military Service Organizations & Veteran Service Organizations

This presentation will include a panel of Military and Veteran Service Organizations and other programs/initiatives who will discuss their services, how they assist with military/veteran transitions, how they have adapted and have provided support for recent difficulties military populations face, how they provide advocacy, how they leverage technology, and how they have addressed diversity-related issues within their programs. Additionally, panelists will discuss collaborative approaches to working with other organizations and government entities.

LT Aaron Banas

LT Aaron Banas

Clinical Psychologist - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Active Duty Navy Officer

Keith Galloway

Keith Galloway

Director of Operations - Team RWB - Navy Veteran

T'Liza Kiel

T'Liza Kiel

Director, Alumni Engagement - The Mission Continues

Jennifer Selke, PhD

Jennifer Selke, PhD

Director of Veteran Programs - Camp Southern Ground

Aaron Leonard

Aaron Leonard

Senior Campaign Representative - Sierra Club Military Outdoors | Chair and co-founder - Veterans and Military Outdoors Coalition Ret. Army

Cynthia Rivera

Cynthia Rivera

Senior Manager of Equity and Social Impact Research - Blue Star Families

Dina Forehand

Dina Forehand

SHARE Access Manager - Shepherd Center

Ellen Burke

Ellen Burke

Project Odyssey Manager - Wounded Warrior Project

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Veteran Outreach Program Manager - San Francisco VA Health Care System - Marine Veteran

T.W. Howell

T.W. Howell

Founder - Mission: at Ease

3:30 pm

Panel: Society for Leadership Program Capstone Presentations

This panel will focus on the Division 19’s Society for Leadership Program candidate’s capstone projects. It will highlight and address leadership effectiveness through mindfulness, mentorship, briefing military leadership from a psychological perspective, and exploring the collective identity of military psychology. 

Capt. Emily Covais

Capt. Emily Covais

Active Duty Army psychologist

Capstone Project: Defining Military Psychology and Division 19 Identity

LT Samantha Giangrande

LT Samantha Giangrande

Active Duty Navy Psychologist

Capstone Project: Quarterly seminar series with Division 38, Health Psychology, discussing mindfulness in leadership

Jason Sadora, M.A., M.S., LPC

Jason Sadora, M.A., M.S., LPC

Third-year Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Graduate Student

Capstone Project: Developing a mentoring program for the Div. 19 Association

LT Lynnea Vis

LT Lynnea Vis

Active Duty Navy Psychologist

Capstone Project: Don’t Let Your Doctorate Get in the Way: Effective Communication with Military Leadership

5:00 pm

Strengthening the Homefront: A Tactical Toolkit Targeting Key Factors During Deployment

Deployment is arguably the most challenging of the normative stressors experienced by military families and children, the impact of which has been well-documented to family and child well-being as well as mission readiness. This presentation provides BH clinicians a “tactical toolkit” of ready-to-use, research-based strategies that address key targets of clinical intervention at each phase of the deployment cycle. Inherent to the discussion is how to to adapt strategies to address family strengths and preferences from a cultural, racial/ethnic, and belief system perspective.

Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C

Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C

Military Child Behavioral Health Social Worker - Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Andrea Israel, PhD

Andrea Israel, PhD

Military Behavioral Health Child Psychologist - Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

6:00 pm

Student Chapter: So you want to Sustain, Create or Join a Student Chapter?

This presentation will introduce the audience to purpose and success of the Division 19 Chapters. Students and faculty from award winning student chapters will discuss how they created their chapter and how they continue to facilitate engagement amongst their student communities to support the Division 19 mission. Additionally, the new global online chapter established by the Div 19 Student Activity Committee will be described as well. Different types of events, successes and challenges of hosting virtual or hybrid events and suggestions to enhance participation in student chapters will be discussed at length.

Stephen Bowles, PhD

Stephen Bowles, PhD

Visiting Research Fellow – Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University  | Adjunct Faculty –  Uniformed Services University | Former President of Div. 19 | Ret. Army veteran

William Brim, PhD

William Brim, PhD

Executive Director – Center for Deployment Psychology | Associate Professor – Uniformed Services University | Ret. Air Force veteran

Joseph Troiani, PhD

Joseph Troiani, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology – Adler University  | Founding Director – Military Psychology | Ret. Navy veteran

Steven Thorp, PhD

Steven Thorp, PhD

Faculty Sponsor, Campus Representative – California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University

LT Victoria De Hoyos

LT Victoria De Hoyos

Clinical Psychology Ph.D student – Uniformed Services University | Chair-select – Student Affairs Committee for Div. 19 | Air Force Officer

Nicholas Swansburg

Nicholas Swansburg

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Student – Nova Southeastern University | National Chapter Representative, Student Affairs Committee – Div. 19 | Army veteran

Darcy Richardson,  MA, LMFT

Darcy Richardson, MA, LMFT

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Candidate – Alliant International University | Active Duty Army Officer

ENS Shannon L. Exley

ENS Shannon L. Exley

Clinical Psychology Ph.D Student – Uniformed Services University | Active Duty Navy Officer

Rebecca Hans, MA

Rebecca Hans, MA

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Candidate – Adler University

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

10:30 am

Editor’s Choice

This presentation highlights three articles published this year in the Military Psychology Journal selected by the Journal Editor.  Presenters will describe their research methods and conclusions related to military psychology.

Thomas Britt, PhD

Thomas Britt, PhD

Mor Nahum, PhD

Mor Nahum, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Head of the Computerized Neurotherapy Lab – Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Katherine Musacchio Schafer, MEd, MS

Katherine Musacchio Schafer, MEd, MS

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology – Florida State University

Joseph Coyne, PhD

Joseph Coyne, PhD

Engineering Research Psychologist at Naval Research Laboratory

11:30 am

Forensic Psychology in a Military Setting

Describe the practice of forensic psychology in a military setting. Identify common referral issues and how forensic psychologists are utilized as expert consultants and expert witnesses. Describe postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Walter Reed National Military Center. Three ongoing research projects will be described: (a) sexual violence in a military setting, (b) guidelines for return of firearms on Navy Vessels, and (c) bias within the military justice system and proposals for bias mitigation

Paul Montalbano, PhD, ABPP (Forensic)

Paul Montalbano, PhD, ABPP (Forensic)

Director - Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Forensic Behavioral Science, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Denise Mumley, PhD

Denise Mumley, PhD

Associate Director, Forensic Psychology Fellowship - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences

Pamela Barrigher, PhD

Pamela Barrigher, PhD

Interim Director of Psychology - Department of Behavioral Health, Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Natalia Cardona, PsyD

Natalia Cardona, PsyD

Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences

Marcus VanSickle, PhD, ABPP, MP

Marcus VanSickle, PhD, ABPP, MP

Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for Forensic and Behavioral Sciences

Courtney Collins, PhD

Courtney Collins, PhD

Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences

1:00 pm

The Military-Civilian Transition Process

This session will describe the military-civilian transition process, the psychological impact it has on the Service members and their families, and the programs and resources that are available to assist in this process. This session will be of interest to clinicians and practitioners who work with Service members, Veterans, and their families as it will provide them with information to help them understand the transition process and with resources that they can utilize and also recommend to their clients.

Nathan Ainspan, PhD

Nathan Ainspan, PhD

Senior Research Psychologist – | Fellows Committee Chair for Div. 19
Kristin N. Saboe, PhD

Kristin N. Saboe, PhD

Senior Manager, Employee Listening & Organizational Research – The Boeing Company

2:00 pm

Advocating for Division 19 Priorities: Why, How, Who, When?

This 3-presenter panel will include topics that address: (a) an overview of APA advocacy approaches, (b) a case study of successful advocacy for Illinois psychologist prescribing privileges, and (c) a recently initiated Division 19 advocacy initiative.

Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH

Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH

Associate Director, Program Evaluation for the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program | Ret. Army veteran

Katherine B. McGuire, PhD

Katherine B. McGuire, PhD

Chief Advocacy Officer - American Psychological Association

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, PhD

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, PhD

Chair, President - Board of Directors, National Register of Health Service Psychologists | Founder, President, and CEO - Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists (IAPP)

3:00 pm

Meeting with the Journal Editors

This presentation offers a panel of editors from journals that are interested in articles from the DoD, National Security, VA and or civilian and international sectors that support these areas that support national defense. The presenters will discuss the focus of their journal and what constitutes a good journal article for publication. The journals represented on this panel are Consulting Psychology Journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, Military Behavioral Health, Psychology of Leaders and Leadership, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.

Mark R. Beauchamp, PhD

Mark R. Beauchamp, PhD

Incoming Editor – Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (APA) | Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology – University of British Columbia

Satoris (Tori) Howes, PhD

Satoris (Tori) Howes, PhD

Editor – Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice | Toomey Faculty Fellow, Professor of Management – Oregon State University

Elizabeth H. Lazzara, PhD

Elizabeth H. Lazzara, PhD

Co-Editor – Psychology of Leaders and Leadership journal | Associate Professor – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kenneth M. Nowack, PhD

Kenneth M. Nowack, PhD

Editor-in-Chief – Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research | Co-founder – Envisia Learning, Inc.

Stephanie Bélanger, PhD

Stephanie Bélanger, PhD

Co-editor in chief – Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health | Associate Scientific Director – Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

4:30 pm

Update on Operational Psychology in Special Operations

Operational Psychology is a dynamic, growing field, especially within Special Operations Commands.  The diversity of initiatives within Operational Psychology has created increasing opportunity for Operational Psychologists and for those interested in pursuing this area of practice.  This panel will explore two initiatives that are meeting this crucial operational need and the importance of practice guidelines.  One initiative is the Naval Special Warfare Warrior Transition.  This innovative program ensures healthy transition of warriors returning from deployment providing them psychoeducation, face-to-face meetings with a psychologist, and the opportunity to decompress.  The second initiative is the Naval Special Warfare Human Factors Program that builds on traditional Human Factors Councils by including individual surveys, supervisor discussion input, and an enterprise data base tracking system.  Finally, the panel will present the importance of developing practice guidelines for Operational Psychology.  We will explore the process of practice guideline development for operational psychology – a brief history of the field, recent catalysts driving the creation of such guidelines, and the many challenges along the pathway to their development and potential adoption or endorsement by the APA.

CAPT Scott L. Johnston, PhD

CAPT Scott L. Johnston, PhD

Force Psychologist - Naval Special Warfare

Mark Staal, PhD

Mark Staal, PhD

Consultant - National Academy of Sciences | Ret. Air Force veteran

Jason Duff, PsyD, MSN, MS

Jason Duff, PsyD, MSN, MS

Licensed Clinical Psychologist - U.S. Navy

6:00 pm

Early Career Psychologist Mentorship

Once leaving an academic setting and becoming an ECP, it can be challenging to connect with mentors.  While some ECP’s coming into their careers may have established mentors, many may find benefit in seeking mentors in diverse topics they are less familiar with, such as academia, research, careers, etc. This program will address the challenges and benefits of seeking mentorship, and ways to connect with mentors

William Brim, PhD

William Brim, PhD

Executive Director – Center for Deployment Psychology | Associate Professor – Uniformed Services University | Ret. Air Force veteran

Arpita Ghosh, PhD

Arpita Ghosh, PhD

Assistant Professor – The University of Kansas

Katie Fry, PhD

Katie Fry, PhD

Psychologist – George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Angela P. Cole Dixon, PhD

Angela P. Cole Dixon, PhD

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Psychology – Howard University

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

10:30 am

Updates on Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention

This panel of esteemed experts will broadly review and update developments in relation to suicide prevention among active-duty military personnel and veterans of U.S. military service. It is well known that suicide rates among active-duty members of the U.S. military continue to stubbornly remain high and there are further challenges related to suicide attempts and serious thoughts of suicide. In addition, suicide has been a major challenge for veterans as well since the Inspector General’s investigation in the late 2000s. This panel of experts in clinical care and public health approaches to suicide risk will provide a range of perspectives related to the incidence of military and veteran suicide as well as promising approaches to clinical assessment and treatment of suicide risk. Ample time for questions and answers will be allotted for further engagement with the audience.

David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP

David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology, Director of the Suicide Prevention Laboratory, and Associate Director of Clinical Training – The Catholic University of America | Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry – Uniform Services University’s School of Medicine

M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP

M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Director of the Rudd Institute for Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention, and President Emeritus – University of Memphis

Marjan G. Holloway, PhD

Marjan G. Holloway, PhD

 Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry – Uniform Services University | Faculty – The Beck Institute | Faculty – The Zero Suicide Institute | Director – Suicide Care, Prevention and Research Initiative | Chair – NATO Research Task Group on military suicide. 

Peter Britton, PhD

Peter Britton, PhD

Research Psychologist – The Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System | Associate Professor – Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH

Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH

Associate Director, Program Evaluation for the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program | Ret. Army veteran

12:00 pm

Psychosocial Well-Being, Spirituality, Meaning and Performance in the Military

Warfighter wellbeing is multidimensional and includes aspects of psychological, social, and spiritual fitness. These three domains of Total Force Fitness share theoretical and conceptual overlaps, as well as important distinctions. Understanding the meaningful intersections among these dimensions can help provide a broadened and more holistic understanding of how to best support integrated wellbeing for service members across their lifespan. Spirituality reflects diversity in values and belief systems. While this is an important facet of many service members’ fitness, there has been a paucity when examining its relevance to wellbeing and performance. This panel presentation explores the role of spirituality in service member wellbeing. Panelists will discuss how to define spirituality, explore how spiritual fitness impacts service member wellbeing and performance, examine obstacles to full integration of spiritual dimensions into holistic care, and propose strategies for supporting spiritual development.

Stephen Bowles, PhD

Stephen Bowles, PhD

Visiting Research Fellow - Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University | Adjunct Faculty - Uniformed Services University | Former President of Div. 19 | Ret. Army veteran

Carroll H. Greene III, PhD, ABP

Carroll H. Greene III, PhD, ABP

Consulting Psychologist | Colonel (Ret), USAF

Gloria H. Park, PhD, MAPP

Gloria H. Park, PhD, MAPP

Director of Performance Psychology - Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP)

Gabriel Paoletti, EdD, MAPP

Gabriel Paoletti, EdD, MAPP

Mental Fitness Scientist - Uniformed Services University’s Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP)

Capt. Chrisopher Pokorny

Capt. Chrisopher Pokorny

Chaplain - U.S. Air Force

Maj. Amileah Davis, BSC, ABPP

Maj. Amileah Davis, BSC, ABPP

Command Psychologist - 24th Special Operations Wing

1:00 pm

Panel: “Our Experiences with Intersectionality”

A DMC-hosted panel of Army Soldiers/leaders who share their experiences with intersectionality in the military. This panel is designed to explore diversity and how differeintations in ethnicity/race, culture, age, gender, and other social variables in a military environment influenced their susceptibility to adverse outcomes such as differental treatment, reduced opportunities, and in some cases manifestation of symptomalology. Panelists will also discuss their mechanisms of resilience, healing, and perseverance.

Erin Moeser-Whittle, PhD

Erin Moeser-Whittle, PhD

Chair of the Diversity in the Military Committee (2020) – Society for Military Psychology | Military Spouse

CPT Mila Verner

CPT Mila Verner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Behavioral Health Officer – U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, NC

MAJ Brandi Walker, PhD

MAJ Brandi Walker, PhD

Army Clinical Psychologist, faculty member – Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC

Michael Speis

Michael Speis

Ret. Army veteran

MSG Andre Walker

MSG Andre Walker

Active Duty Army

SSG Raymond Rivera-Roman

SSG Raymond Rivera-Roman

Active Duty Army Behavioral Health Technican

2:00 pm

Defense Health Program (DHP) Research and Funding Opportunities in Psychological Health

This panel will provide an overview of psychological health research priorities, efforts, and funding opportunities through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP).

CDR Tatana Olson

CDR Tatana Olson

President of Division 19 | Acting Chief of Staff, Research & Engineering Directorate - Defense Health Agency | Active Duty Navy Officer

Dwayne Taliaferro, PhD

Dwayne Taliaferro, PhD

Program Manager - TBI and Psychological Health Research Program Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

CDR Christopher Steele

CDR Christopher Steele

Director - Military Operational Medicine Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command Navy Officer

3:00 pm

Virtual Reality Metaverse Applications for Addressing PTSD: From Combat to Cops to COVID and Beyond!

War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a combat environment place enormous stress on even the best-prepared military personnel. Over the last two decades, numerous reports have documented the incidence of posttraumatic stress (PTS) and other psychological wounds of war in post-9/11 Service Members and Veterans. This situation has served to motivate research on how to better develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for PTS and other mental health conditions. In this regard, Virtual Reality (VR) and emerging “Metaverse” applications have been increasingly recognized as viable and efficacious tools for delivering prolonged exposure therapy for PTS and for the delivery of other clinical strategies. This presentation will detail how these immersive technology approaches have being designed and implemented across various points in the military deployment cycle to prevent, identify and treat PTS and how other clinical VR and Metaverse-based use-cases are now showing promise. The talk will then describe the expansion of this work from combat-related PTS, to military sexual trauma, and then detail the translation of this approach for addressing wider civilian trauma needs including emotional de-escalation with police officers, civilian sexual trauma, and COVID-related mental health concerns with survivors and frontline healthcare professionals. A recent effort to build VR/Metaverse systems to address the mental health needs of Ukrainian civilians and warfighters will also be presented. In addition to traditional office-based VR exposure therapy application development, the Ukraine project involves novel development of Metaverse deliverable virtual gathering points for providing social support services to refugees and in-country participants. This approach leverages new developments in avatar-based, virtual interaction while immersed within pre-war Ukrainian simulation contexts that are accessible online using VR headsets or standard computer monitors regardless of the geographic location of users. The talk will conclude with a look at the future issues that support the idea that advances in Clinical VR and Metaverse technology, driven by the urgency of war, will have an enduring impact on both military and civilian mental healthcare.

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, PhD

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, PhD

Director – Medical Virtual Reality Institute for Creative Technologies | Research Professor – Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California

4:00 pm

Psychology at Work: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Military

Hear how an unsuspecting psychologist laid the groundwork for one of the DoD’s most scrutinized programs, and learn how (a) scientific surveys and incident reporting help describe the problem of sexual assault in the military, (b) Psychological treatment integrates with the DoD’s response services to victims, and (c) to describe the elements of the Department’s recent shift in the prevention of sexual assault and other readiness-impacting behaviors.

Nate Galbreath, PhD

Nate Galbreath, PhD

Acting Director - DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

5:00 pm

DoD/VA Directors

William Brim, PhD

William Brim, PhD

Executive Director – Center for Deployment Psychology | Associate Professor – Uniformed Services University | Ret. Air Force veteran

MAJ Cara Cox-Coleman

MAJ Cara Cox-Coleman

Director of Training – Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Tripler Army Medical Center

Ann S. Hryshko-Mullen , PhD, ABPP-CHP, DBSM

Ann S. Hryshko-Mullen , PhD, ABPP-CHP, DBSM

Director of Psychology Training and the Program Director, Clinical Psychology Internship Program – 59th Mental Health Squadron, 59th Medical Group, 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio — Lackland, TX

Channing Cochran, PhD

Channing Cochran, PhD

Associate Director of Psychology Training – Salt Lake City VA

Jason Stolee, PhD

Jason Stolee, PhD

Training Director – Puget Sound VA, American Lake Division

John Ralph, PhD

John Ralph, PhD

Officer and Licensed Clinical Psychologist – U.S. Navy

MAJ Marc Patience

MAJ Marc Patience

U.S. Air Force

6:00 pm | Intern, Resident, and Fellow Experience

This section will consist of a panel discussion about military psychology internships, residencies, and fellowships. Panelists include current interns from each of the three military services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), the VA, and a doctoral fellow at the Consortium Research Fellow Program working with Army Research Institute. Discussion topics will include the characteristics of military internships, the advantages and disadvantages of choosing such internships, and the unique nature of the application process.

LT Eguono Akpoduado

LT Eguono Akpoduado

Psychology Intern at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Evan Hughes

Evan Hughes

Doctoral Fellow - Consortium Research Fellows Program, Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU), U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI)

Alison Legrand

Alison Legrand

Psychology Intern - American Lake VA

Capt Brandon P. Smith

Capt Brandon P. Smith

Clinical Psychology Intern - Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center – JBSA

CPT Kurtis Michael Smith

CPT Kurtis Michael Smith

Postdoctoral Resident - Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Clinical Psychology Residency Program

7:00 pm | Mindfulness check-out

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