Committee Chairs

Committees are vital groups within the Society. Current Committees and Chairs are below
Eric Surface

APA Convention Program 2024

Ashley Markovic, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Ashley (Shenberger) Markovic is a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Chicago and Central Illinois. She completed her doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2013. From 2012-2023, she served in the United States Navy as Clinical Psychologist and now serves a civilian population within the Veterans Affairs system. She is the current Convention Chair for Division 19. She is also a Division 19 Member at Large and the Executive Director of the Society Leadership Program. She is currently serving as Midwest Director and mentorship coordinator for the American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology.
Eric Surface

Awards Committee

Bruce Crow

COL (Ret) Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH, is Associate Director for Program Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program. Prior to this position he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in military suicide at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Crow served with the Army for 30 years until retiring from active duty in 2012. He continued with the Army for five years as a civilian psychologist during which time he led development of the largest tele-behavioral health operation in the DoD. While on active duty, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and held several senior leadership positions including eight years and longest serving Clinical Psychology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. In addition to serving as Division 19 Member-at-Large, he serves as Chair, Public Health Committee of the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Crow was honored to receive the John C. Flanagan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Military Psychology in 2018. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (8 awards), Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), NATO Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Expert Field Medical Badge

The Society For Military Psychology

Communications Committee

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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

Military Psychology

Diversity in the Military Committee

Brandi Walker, PhD, Chair

Carrie Kennedy

Early Career Psychology (ECP) Committee

Samantha Giangrande, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Giangrande is an active-duty psychologist in the United States Navy.  She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology in 2019.  She completed her intern year at Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2018-2020.  She then transferred to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia where she worked closely with the Submarine community and Marine Corps Security Force Battalion.  She is currently stationed at Submarine Readiness Squadron-32 in Groton, CT where she is the sole operational submarine psychologist serving over 2,000 service members across 18 submarines.  Professionally, she is actively engaged in the Department of Defense Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) and APA initiatives and committees.  She is involved with the BUMED Female Force Readiness Advisory Board and the BUMED Clinical Psychology Burnout Working Group.  She is also the Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair for Division 19 of APA.  Dr. Giangrande is an esteemed subject matter expert and nationally published author.  Her meta-analytic research on COVID-19 and its impact on mental health was published in the special edition of the Military Psychologist in May2020.  Her current research includes perinatal mental health in female service members, and medical readiness initiatives to improve female submariners access to women’s health services at operational waterfronts.

Carrie Kennedy

Fellows Committee

Capt. Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, ABPP, Chair

Carrie H. Kennedy, Ph.D., ABPP serves as Fellows Committee Chair for Division 19. A neuropsychologist with specialization in military psychology and aeromedical psychology, she is an active duty Captain in the U.S. Navy with deployments to both Cuba and Afghanistan. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia and a Fellow of both APA and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. From 2017-2022 she served as APA Council Representative for Division 19. Awards include the APA Division 19 Charles S. Gersoni Award, Robert S. Nichols Award, and the Distinguished Mentor Award, and she is a two time Navy Psychologist of the Year winner. She serves on the editorial board of Psychological Services and is board certified in both Clinical and Police and Public Safety Psychology.

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.​