APA Convention Program 2021
William Brim, PsyD, Chair
Eric Surface, PhD, Chair
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.
Katt Rahill, PhD, Chair
Dr. Katherine Rahill is the Senior Scientist for the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA’s Human Research Program, Johnson Space Center. She earned her PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from The Catholic University of America in 2019. Her dissertation introduced a novel area of specialization called “lunar psychophysics”, which placed in the top 3 postdoc research topics for NASA’s Human Research Program in 2020. Her postdoctoral study was in Industrial Engineering at The University of Central Florida, during which she was awarded a UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Scholarship and the 2021 APA Briggs Dissertation of the Year Award in Engineering Psychology.
Her background in Military Psychology began in 2012 at Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, where she received the USAF Challenge Coin for Excellence in Leadership for Human Performance. This was followed by a 5 year doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Army Research Institute from 2013-2018. She is also the recipient of the Military Psychology Outstanding Student Chapter Award (2018) and Presidential Citation Award (2020).
Continuing Education Committee
William Brim, PhD, Chair
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 email@example.com.
Diversity in the Military Committee
Brandi Walker, PhD, Chair
Early Career Psychology (ECP) Committee
Dr. Neil D. Shortland, Chair
Dr. Becky Porter, Chair
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.
Kristen Saboe, Chair
Military Psychology History Committee
Kathryn Eklund, Chair
Regional Symposia Series Committee
Kathyrn Barrs, Chair
Mark Staal, PhD, Chair
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.