COL Maurice L. Sipos, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Command, Management, and Leadership at the US Army War College, where he serves as the Director of the Strategic Leadership Course. His research interests include behavioral health and well-being, mindfulness, moral courage, and situational strength. He is Co-Chair of the Society Leadership Program and Past-Chair of the International Military Psychology Committee. His presidential theme for 2021 is to highlight the Society for Military Psychology’s 75th anniversary: A Future Built on a Foundation of Trust.
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.
Dr. Olson currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Research & Development Directorate, J-9, Defense Health Agency (DHA) in Falls Church, Virginia where she oversees a $1-2B per year Defense Health Program research budget delivering innovative solutions to enhance military health and readiness. Dr. Olson received her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Purdue University and was commissioned as a Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 2004. Prior to her arrival at DHA, she served as the Deputy Director of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL) at the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton, Ohio where she managed a broad research portfolio addressing challenges the aerospace operational environment presents to human health, safety, readiness, and performance, and as the Operational Psychology Department Head at the Navy Aerospace Medicine Institute, Pensacola, Florida where she managed the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB), the primary tool used to select aviation candidates for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Her research primarily focuses on personnel assessment and selection and individual differences and their impact on human performance, especially with regard to personality, motivation, and cognitive ability. Dr. Olson is a member of a number of professional scientific organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Military Psychology, and the U.S. Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychology Society.
Psychologist, Dr. Legner also served as the Division’s Program Chair in 2018.
APA Council Representative
APA Council Representative
Dr. Blais’ work is focused on military service members/veterans and trauma. Within this program of research, she has three main foci: understanding (1) the impact of military sexual trauma (MST) on sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction in veterans, (2) mechanisms of distress among trauma-exposed veterans, and (3) the association of MST with individual outcomes, including suicide risk and risk for mental health comorbidities. Her work is supported by grants from the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19; APA), Utah State University, and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has authored many papers that have been published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Family Psychology, Military Psychology, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
Dr. Blais also has extensive clinical experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy, couples’ therapy, sex therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. She has performed clinical services in a variety of settings including VA medical centers, university settings, inpatient hospitals, department clinics, and community clinics. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and offers individual and couples’ psychotherapy in Logan, UT.
Member at Large
Member at Large
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.
Member at Large