Leadership

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Tatana Olson

President

Dr. Olson currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Research & Engineering Directorate and the Branch Chief for Science & Technology Portfolio Management at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) in Falls Church, Virginia where she oversees a $1B per year Defense Health Program Science & Technology 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 to human health, safety, readiness, and performance in the aviation environment, 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. 

Military Psychology

Maurice Sipos

Past President

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.

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Bruce Crow

President-Elect

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.

Ryan Landoll

Ryan Landoll

Treasurer

Dr. Ryan R. Landoll is the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Sciences in the Office for Student Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. 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 dual Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He has 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 70 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 and is the co-director of the pSyTORM (pSychological Training, Operations, and Research in the Military; pronounced ‘storm’) Lab.

Angela Legner

Angela Legner

Secretary

​Dr. Angela E. Legner is a staff psychologist with the Spinal Cord Injury, Disorder, and Rehabilitation Department at the Syracuse VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining the SCI team in Syracuse, Dr. Legner completed an APA accredited fellowship in Primary Care Psychology from the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She completed her clinical internship in health psychology at Aurora Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, and subsequently completed her Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington D.C. She served 12 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was deployed aboard the USNS Comfort as part of a humanitarian mission to Jamaica, Haiti, South and Central America in 2011. Dr. Legner has been active with Division 19 since she was a graduate student, serving on the Student Affairs Committee as a Student Representative for 3 years. As an Early Career
Psychologist, Dr. Legner also served as the Division’s Program Chair in 2018.

Carrie Kennedy

Carrie Kennedy

APA Council Representative

Carrie H. Kennedy, Ph.D., ABPP represents Division 19 on the APA Council of Representatives (2017-2019). 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. Awards include the APA Division 19 Charles S. Gersoni 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.

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Mark Staal

APA Council Representative

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.

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston

Member at Large

CAPT Scott L. Johnston is a native Californian and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School in Palo Alto. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1995 and is board certified in both forensic and clinical psychology. CAPT Johnston was commissioned in 1993. During his career he has served at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Naval Hospital Yokosuka Japan, Marine Barracks Washington, Presidential Helicopter Squadron One, and Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. He deployed with the USS Constellation Expeditionary Strike Group to the Persian Gulf; 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; Charlie Surgical Company to Fallujah, Iraq; 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment to Ramadi, Iraq; 3rd Marine Regiment to Haditha, Iraq; and Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is currently stationed at Naval Special Warfare in Coronado, California. Academically, CAPT Johnston has published and lectured around the world on treatment of combat-related PTSD, building resilience in Marines and Sailors, and transitional interventions for returning warriors. He is currently investigating virtual reality treatments for PTSD, stress injuries in detention operations and use of meditation in substance-abuse treatment. CAPT Johnston’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (Fleet Marine Force), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (Fleet Marine Force) and various service and unit awards.

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Emily Grieser

Member at Large

Major Grieser is the Human Performance Optimization Flight Commander and Senior Operational Psychologist assigned to the Special Warfare Human Performance Squadron, Special Warfare Human Performance Support Group, Special Warfare Training Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this role, Major Grieser oversees eight mental health personnel across three geographically separated locations ensuring psychological support, consultation, and management to unit leadership, permanent party personnel, and Special Warfare students to enhance mission effectiveness and ensure optimal psychological readiness. Major Grieser also oversees the Special Warfare Training Wing’s psychological assessment and selection of Pararescue, Combat Control and Special Reconnaissance candidates.

Maj Grieser’s professional interests include executive coaching, cognitive and behavioral/performance implications of fatigue and sleepiness in the operational setting, and human factors consultation to units and commanders

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Marcus VanSickle

Member at Large

Dr. Marcus VanSickle presently serves as an active Navy Psychologist and is currently completing an APA-Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology with the Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  He earned his Ph.D. at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology through Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. VanSickle remains actively engaged in military suicide prevention research, is licensed as both a clinical and medical (prescribing) psychologist, and is board-certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology. Dr. VanSickle entered military service through enlisting in the Marines in 2001 and transferred to Navy Psychology in 2011.  Dr. VanSickle has served in a combination of line, hospital, deployed, and embedded mental health settings.  Awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Surface Warfare (SWMDO) qualification and selection as the Navy Junior Psychologist of the Year (2018).

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Brian Knoll

Student Member at Large

LCDR Brian Knoll, USN (Ret.) is in his final year of California Lutheran University’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD).  Brian retired from the Navy in 2016 after serving for 20 years and flying the F-18 Super Hornet for a majority of his career.  He accumulated over 2000 tactical hours of flight time, over 500 arrested landings on various aircraft carriers, and has flown combat missions in support of OIF and OEF.  Brian was in the first cohort of the Society Leadership Program (SLP) and is currently filling the position as the SLP Program Director. He will complete an internship this summer in the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System.  Brian was elected as Division 19’s first Student Member-at-Large.