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
Dr. Jessica Ford, Ph.D.

Jessica ford

Ph.D., 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. Neil D. Shortland

Neil D. Shortland

Ph.D., Past 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).

Dr. Neil D. Shortland

Kathleen (Katie) Fry

Ph.D., Chair Elect

Dr. Katie Fry is a graduate of Fielding Graduate University, where she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology. She completed her internship at the Chillicothe VAMC in Ohio, where she trained in PCMHI, substance abuse and trauma. She went onto complete a trauma focused post-doctoral fellowship at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her research interests include understanding unit cohesion and veteran reintegration. Katie previously served as the Eastern Regional Rep for Division 19’s Student committee, and currently is the chair-select for the Early Career Psychology association.