Early Career Psychology Spotlight

The ECP committee wants to recognize our Early Career Psychologists who are doing great things all across the country and the world in support of military psychology. This quarter we recognize our professional development grant awardees.

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Wyatt Evans

Dr. Wyatt R. Evans

PhD

Wyatt R. Evans, PhD is a clinical psychologist and trauma psychology fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He currently serves as a research therapist for the STRONG STAR Consortium and Consortium to Alleviate PTSD and a research associate with the National Center for PTSD. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2017, completing clinical and research training at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and his pre-doctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston before accepting his current position at Fort Hood.

Dr. Evans has extensive training and experience in providing Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and his clinical interests are in combat and operational stress injuries among active duty service members and veterans. His ongoing research includes development of an ACT protocol for combat veterans experiencing moral injury and implementation evaluation of PE and CPT. Among other service and leadership roles, Dr. Evans currently serves on the Military Diversity Committee of Division 19.

Dr. Ashley DeMarco

Dr. Ashley DeMarco

Ph.D.

Dr. Ashley DeMarco received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 2017 with a health specialization. Her clinical work primarily focuses on military populations and trauma-related issues. She completed practicum and internship training at Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, which sparked her passion for working with veterans. In her current role as a staff psychologist at Texas Tech University’s Student Counseling Center, she continues to pursue her passion for working with the military population. With over 2,000 student-veterans and family members of veterans attending Texas Tech, there is a demand for mental health services that can address the needs of this unique population. To meet these needs, Dr. DeMarco serves as the counseling center’s liaison to Texas Tech’s nationally recognized Military Veteran’s Program (MVP) where she provides education to faculty, staff and student-veterans on an array of mental health topics. Her work with the MVP proactively connects student-veterans to services they need to successfully transition back into civilian life. She also treats most student-veterans who present to the counseling center for services while also providing practicum students and interns with training in evidence-based treatments for PTSD. Given these roles in both providing direct care to student-veterans and education to the greater Texas Tech community, she plans to use the Division 19 Professional Development Grant to stay current on veteran related issues and empirically supported treatments for this population.
Dr. Jessica Ford, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Ford

Ph.D.

Jessica Ford is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at East Carolina University, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Cardiology. She conducts research on the relationships between mental health conditions and cardiovascular diseases, with a special interest in U.S. service members and veterans. She has previously worked in interdisciplinary and specialty medical settings, VA hospitals, and as a civilian employee of the department of the Army. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Ford also leads a behavioral sleep medicine service in the departmental training clinic.