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American Psychological Association Presents this Presidential Citation to Division 19: : The Society for Military Psychology

October Military Psychology Summit Spotlight Panels

Health Disparities During COVID for Persons of Color in the Military

This panel was intentionally created for the purpose of discussing experiences of military psychologists of diverse backgrounds and their experiences and/or studies around racism. The presence of a global viral pandemic has made space for people to explore the racism pandemic that has been present in the U.S. for centuries prior to Covid-19. This panel of esteemed military psychologists of color will discuss their expertise and experiences of navigating the world, emphasizing the presence of various health/social/economic disparities, institutional racism in structures such as the military and academia, inconsistencies of treatment in the justice system, and the impact of racism on people of color in the military. They will each offer insights into their areas of expertise as it pertains to the impact of racism from a psychological perspective.Presenters will beErin Moeser-Whittle and Jessica Smedley.

Moral Distress, Diversity, and COVID-19
A widely used working conceptualization of moral injury is “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations” (Litz et al., 2009). Combat situations, and especially guerilla warfare, often result in ambiguous, split-second decisions, in which the sanctioned course of action is not readily apparent or results in collateral harm. For these reasons, service members in warzones may perpetrate action or witness acts that transgress their moral code. While two presenters discuss moral injury in service members, moral injury occurs in other occupations. Two presentations also address moral injury in the context of healthcare providers and intelligence, surveillance officers. Although some traditional treatments have been used or adapted to treat moral injury, non-traditional treatments are needed as well. The presenters will also discuss non-traditional treatments being explored for moral injury. Presenters will bePaula Domenici, Jeremy D. Jinkerson, Michelle L. Kelley, Adrian J. Bravo, Alan D. Ogle, Reed Reichwald, J. Brian Rutland, and Joseph M. Currier.

The impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of military service members and veterans from an international perspective
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit every nation in the world, impacting on their citizens in a variety of ways, including the members and veterans of their nation’s militaries. In this panel, how nations responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic affected military and veteran health and wellbeing will be discussed. In the first part of the panel, the impact of the pandemic on active duty military personnel among two nations will be presented. In the second half of the panel, how veterans were impacted by the pandemic among three nations will be presented. Collectively these initial findings will enable nations to gather lessons learned in order to improve how military and veterans may be supported in their respective nations. Presenters will beCarl Andrew Castro, Hubert Annen, Amy Adler, Phillip Quartana, Sara Kintzle, Anthony Nazarov, and Nicola Fear.

Call for Communications Committee Chair-Select

The Division 19 Communications Committee is seeking applicants for our Chair-Select position for 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to help foster communication both within the Division membership as well as represent us to the greater community. The Committee is in direct and frequent contact with Division 19 leadership. Opportunities include website and social media management, podcast development, and event promotion. The selectee would be expected to rotate to the Chair position in 2022 and be Past-chair in 2023.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a statement of experience, interest, and understanding, outlining past experience with social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter), public relations, and/or other mass communication activities. Please direct questions to katherine.rahill@gmail.com and jeremy.jinkerson@gmail.com. Please submit application materials to the same addresses by 15 Oct 2019.

Call for Applications: USF Post-Doc Position Specializing in Sleep Health

The University of South Florida (USF) School of Aging Studies is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Sleep Health Across Adulthood. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of a renewal with a start of November 2020. The annual salary is based on the NIH standard. This appointment consists of stipends, health insurance, and a travel allowance. During global pandemic, the postdoc will work remotely (thus no need to move physically) by regularly communicating with the investigators via web conference calls. See attached for more information.

TMP Newsletter Summer Issue Now Available

This Special COVID-19 Issue is a must read to see how the membership responded to the necessary changes to our service delivery of Military Psychology given the pandemic; there are insights from our international colleagues, how our students and training programs adapted, how our enlisted members were utilized as well as our military personnel deployment responses in support of the mission. Don’t forget, there is still time to submit your articles, program ideas and updates for the Fall 2020 Issue – Due Sept 20th. The Division membership wants to hear from you!

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