Committee Chairs

Committees are vital groups within the Society. Current Committees and Chairs are below
Military Psychology

APA Convention Program 2020

Hannah Tyler, Chair

Eric Surface

Awards Committee

Eric Surface, PhD, Chair

Dr. Eric A. Surface is an industrial/organizational psychologist who focuses on learning, transfer, and performance and their impact in organizations. Eric is the founder, CEO, and principal scientist at ALPS InsightsTM, a Raleigh-based company that provides learning and development (L&D) evaluation, analytics, and feedback via its software platform, ALPS IbexTM, as well as research and consulting services. His work uses evidence-based insights to improve learning, capability, and performance in organizations. Eric has led numerous consulting and applied research projects, including a decade-long foreign language training effectiveness study and a series of training needs assessment studies within the U.S. Special Operations community.

Eric believes strongly in the scientist-practitioner model, presenting at numerous conferences, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Military Psychology, and Journal of Business and Psychology (JBP), publishing practitioner-focused articles in Training Industry Magazine, and authoring book chapters, including the training needs assessment chapter in the Handbook of Work Analysis. He serves on the editorial board of the JBP. He is a former Secretary of the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19), and he served on the American Psychology Association’s (APA) 2019 Advisory Group for Applied Psychology.

Eric is a Fellow of Division 19, the APA, and the Society for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology (SIOP; Division 14). He received SIOP’s 2019 Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition and Division 19’s 2019 Presidential Recognition. He was an Army Research Institute Consortium Research Fellow and Post-Doctoral Fellow, supporting U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg. He was made an honorary member of US Army Special Operations Forces by Lt. General William Tangney for his work on behalf of USASOC. Eric received his PhD in I/O Psychology from North Carolina State University, his MA from East Carolina University, and his BA from Wake Forest University.

Jeremy Jinkerson

Communications Committee

Katt Rahill, PhD, Chair

Dr. Katt Rahill is the Senior Scientist for the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA’s Human Research Program, Johnson Space Center. She received her PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology in 2019 from Catholic University of America. Her dissertation introduced a novel area of specialization called “lunar psychophysics”, which was placed in the top 3 postdoctoral research topics by NASA’s Human Research Program in 2020. She is also the 2021 recipient of the APA Briggs Dissertation of the Year Award in Engineering Psychology.

Dr. Rahill completed Postdoc at University of Central Florida in Industrial Engineering to accept a position at NASA Johnson Space Center in March. Her background in Military Psychology began in 2012 where she did research at AFRL WPAFB, followed by a 5 year doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Army Research Institute.

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Continuing Education Committee

William Brim, PhD, Chair

Dr. William Brim is an Associate Professor, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology and the Director for the DoD Center for Deployment Psychology, Uniformed Services University of Health Science, and Bethesda, Maryland. He is the Senior Psychologist consultant for PESI, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he provides oversight of continuing education programs for psychologists approved by the APA Continuing Education Committee.

Dr. Brim is currently serving as the Division 19 APA Convention Chair with the task to coordinate the Div. 19 programming at the APA convention and, particularly, continuing education sessions scheduled by Div. 19. His research interests include evidence-based posts traumatic stress disorder treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention, and brief intervention therapy for insomnia in the military context. For the submission of continuing education programs to Div. 19 CEC and consultation regarding the process established by this division to submit such programs for review, please contact Dr. Brim at william.brim.ctr@usuhs.edu.

Military Psychology

Diversity in the Military Committee

Brandi Walker, PhD, Chair

Dr. Neil D. Shortland

Early Career Psychology (ECP) Committee

Dr. Neil D. Shortland, Chair

Dr. Neil D. Shortland is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies and the Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Shortland received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Bristol (first class honors); a master’s degree in forensic and investigative psychology from the University of Liverpool (distinction) and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Center for Critical and Major Incident Psychology at the University of Liverpool (APA Ph.D. Research Award, 2017). Neil Shortland’s research focusses on the psychological aspects of domestic and international security. His research portfolio includes funded projects on military decision making (cognitive and neuroscience psychology), the interaction of aggressive cognitions and extremist propaganda (cognitive psychology) and grass-roots programs aimed at counter violent extremism and building societal resistance (developmental and social psychology).
Becky Porter

Fellows Committee

Dr. Becky Porter, Chair

Dr. Becky Porter is a colonel and clinical psychologist in the United States Army, currently in command of Public Health Command Europe. She enlisted in 1981, was commissioned in 1983, and has served as a clinical psychologist since 1995. She has served in numerous command and staff positions, most notably as a Special Assistant to Chief of Staff of the Army, General Eric K. Shinseki and as the Director of Psychological Health for the Army.

Dr. Porter is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Washington and holds degrees in Psychology from the University of Washington (BA), Chapman University (MA), and Fielding Graduate University (PhD). She also holds a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

With more than three decades of military service, Dr. Porter is a board certified clinical psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Military Child Education Coaltion, former president of the Society for Military Psychology and holds the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator as recognition of her significant contributions to the Army Medical Department.

Military Psychology

Membership Committee

Kristen Saboe, Chair

Paul Gade

Military Psychology History Committee

Kathryn Eklund, Chair

CPT Kathryn Eklund is a Clinical and Aeromedical Psychologist stationed at Joint-Base Lewis McChord, WA. She holds an MS and PhD in Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Prior to commissioning, CPT Eklund served as a radio-operator maintainer in the 308th Medical Company and 172nd MMB in the US Army Reserves. Her research interests focus on leadership and specifically gender differences regarding leadership effectiveness. She is a 2020 graduate of The Society for Military Psychology Leadership Program.
Kathyrn Barrs

Regional Symposia Series Committee

Kathyrn Barrs, Chair

Dr. Katy Barrs completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She recently returned to the University of Denver as the Clinic Director of the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology. Dr. Barrs has worked with Veterans, Service members and their families at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center, the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, and most recently the Denver Vet Center where she served in the role of Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Coordinator. Dr. Barrs oversees the Sturm Center, provides clinical education to multiple students within the clinic, and provides licensed community clinicians with education and consulting about these populations. She has been featured in the documentary Acronym, a timely expose about the nature of PTSD from combat. Dr. Barrs is also the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) Arthur W. Melton Early Achievement Award. She feels honored to give back to those who have served our country.
Ethan Bannar

Ethics Committee

Mark Staal, PhD, Chair

Dr. Mark Staal is a retired Colonel having served as the Air Force’s senior operational psychologist. Mark’s PhD in Clinical Psychology, he is a board-certified executive coach, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Human Factors engineering at NASA. Mark spent most of his career serving within the Special Operations community to include positions as a Command Psychologist at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and as the Command Psychologist at the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Dr. Staal is a recognized leader in his field having published over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of operational psychology, ethics, resiliency, and human decision making. Mark serves as a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences for movies and television and he previously served as a Division President for the American Psychological Association. He is the owner of OSS Consulting, LLC, an independent consulting company providing personnel suitability, talent management, and executive coaching services.

Ethan Bannar

Student Affairs Committee

Ethan Bannar, Chair

Ethan Bannar is currently a third year Psy.D. student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Ethan graduated with his B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University in 2015 and his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2017. He was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program in early 2018. His clinical interests include law enforcement psychology, post traumatic growth, neuropsychological assessment, and operational psychology/consultation. Ethan is passionate about supporting students within our division pursue their clinical and research interests in military psychology and hopes to build upon our robust campus chapter network during his tenure with the division. When he is not studying or seeing clients, he enjoys training for triathlons, road cycling, fly fishing, snowboarding, and exploring beautiful Colorado. Ethan plans to attend Commissioned Officer Training in June 2020 and begin his APA accredited internship in fall 2020.​