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. Jessica Ford, Chair
Dr. Jessica Ford is a Clinical Health Psychologist with a history of working in government and academic settings. She received my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University in 2014. She practices clinically, conducts applied research and program evaluations, and serves through appointments within division 19 (military psychology) of the APA and through the training of clinical psychology doctoral students and interns. She is a previous awardee of a ECP Professional Development Research Grant. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children, and their cat, Alistair.
Dr. Nathan Ainspan, Chair
Nathan D. Ainspan, Ph.D., is the Senior Research Psychologist with DoD’s Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO). Dr. Ainspan’s role is to ensure that DoD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is based on the latest best practices in behavioral and psychological science. Throughout his research career, he has also written, taught, and spoken about the psychological issues impacting wounded and transitioning Service members and Veterans. His research focus has been on improving civilian employment opportunities for transitioning Service members and the psychosocial benefits that employment can have on wounded warriors and injured veterans and people with disabilities. He has edited the following books: Military Veteran Employment: A Guide for the Data-Driven Leader, The Oxford Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans, When the Warrior Returns: Making the Transition at Home, and Returning Wars Wounded, Injured, and Ill: A Handbook. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and its Psychologists in the Public Service, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Military Psychology divisions.
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.