Early Career Psychologist Committee

The ECP Committee consists of the current Chair, the Past Chair, and a Chair Elect, serving staggered 3 year terms. Applicants for the Chair position must be ECPs as of January 1st of the year they plan to apply, members of the Society for Military Psychology, and be willing to serve a full three-year term.

In addition to the 3 chair positions, beginning in 2018, the ECP committee has established several liaisons to represent the needs and interests of various constituencies within the Society. Chairs are selected to complement and ensure representation from this constituencies. Currently, this includes a representative from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, academic psychology, Veterans Affairs, and Guard/Reserves. We also have a ECP-Student transition liaison who is selected during their final year as a student to advise on how to bridge connection between members transitioning from student status to ECPs within the Society.

We are actively interested in identifying a liaison to represent the U.S. Army, applied/organizational psychology, and international members. If you are interested in any of these positions, or feel there is a community within the Society that is not represented, please fill out the contact form on the ECP Home Page or contact us at militarypsychECP@gmail.com.

In addition, we hope to develop “project officers” to lead specific projects that support the Society and ECPs – so contact us with your ideas!

Current ECP Members
Ryan Landoll

Ryan Landoll

Ph.D., ABPP, Maj, USAF, Chair

Dr. Ryan R. Landoll is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Dr. Landoll earned his B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Landoll completed his Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic at Joint Base Andrews, MD. He is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and a Department of Defense Internal Behavioral Health Consultant Expert Trainer. Prior to being stationed at USU, Dr. Landoll held several positions within the 20th Medical Group at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. He served as the Chief, Mental Health Clinic, and the Behavioral Health Optimization Program Manager. He has also deployed as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Psychologist at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. Dr. Landoll’s research interest span several areas in child, pediatric, and health psychology. He has over 55 publications and presentations on these topics, as well as areas including school mental health and supervision of clinical assessment. His research broadly focuses on two main topic areas: primary care behavioral health, and adolescent peer relationships (i.e., romantic relationships, friendships, and peer victimization, including cyber victimization) and internalizing disorders (i.e., social anxiety, depression). Dr. Landoll currently heads the Military and Sexual/Reproductive Health (MARSH) Research Program at the Uniformed Services University.
Adrienne Manasco

Adrienne Manasco

Psy.D., LT, USN, Past Chair

Dr. Adrienne Manasco is a Clinical Psychologist at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Gulfport, MS. In this role, she serves as Assistant Department Head and Division Officer of the clinic’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program. Her first active duty assignment was within Recruit Mental Health, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Great Lakes, IL conducting suitability for service evaluations and managing a resilience program for recruits enrolled in special programs. Dr. Manasco earned her B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA followed by her Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. She completed Internship in Clinical Psychology at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Des Moines, IA and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology with Special Emphasis in Geropsychology at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Gainesville, FL. She has also deployed to Afghanistan as an individual augmentee with the Marine Corps’ 1st Medical Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Neil D. Shortland

Neil D. Shortland

PhD, Chair Elect

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).
Michael B. Brennan

Michael B. Brennan

Psy.D., Maj, USAR, Guard/Reserve Liaison

Michael B. Brennan, PsyD., is a board-certified clinical psychologist, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the Road Home Program for Veterans and the Families at Rush University Medical Center. He is also the Chief Trainer for Behavioral Health with a Medical Training Support Battalion in Madison, WI, U.S. Army Reserve. Brennan served five years on active duty in the United States Army and going into his 4th in the United States Army Reserve. He was assigned to San Antonio Military Medical Center, and he became the first psychologist embedded within the 3d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to the eastern region of Afghanistan for nine months with the Regiment and was responsible for the mental health care of more than 7,000 military personnel. Now, he directs an intensive outpatient program at the Road Home Progam with veterans living with PTSD (both combat, non-combat and military sexual trauma related.) The Road Home Program covers all costs for warriors while they are receiving care to include treatment, travel, lodging, food and other miscellaneous items. The program is finding amazing results and broadcasting them to the mental health field through many articles, presentations, and studies. Stay tuned!
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Candice Presseau

Ph.D, Veterans Affairs Liaison

Bio coming soon.
Gretchen Kirk

Gretchen Kirk

Ph.D, ECP-Student Transition Liaison

Gretchen Kirk is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Gretchen received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gonzaga University, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a formal Health Psychology emphasis in August 2018 from California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno. Gretchen is interested in aspects of military psychology and aspects of health psychology, particularly treatment for sleep, pain, and traumatic injury as well as PTSD treatment, forensic assessment, and positive psychology. Her research interests primarily lie within the realm of advocacy and policy change in health care systems for marginalized patients.