Leadership

Military Psychology

Maurice Sipos

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. 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 Surface

Eric Surface

Past President

Dr. Eric A. Surface is an industrial/organizational psychologist who focuses on learning, transfer, and performance and their impact in organizations. Eric is the founder, CEO, and principal scientist at ALPS InsightsTM, a Raleigh-based company that provides learning and development (L&D) evaluation, analytics, and feedback via its software platform, ALPS IbexTM, as well as research and consulting services. His work uses evidence-based insights to improve learning, capability, and performance in organizations. Eric has led numerous consulting and applied research projects, including a decade-long foreign language training effectiveness study and a series of training needs assessment studies within the U.S. Special Operations community.

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.

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Tatana Olson

President-Elect

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.
Rebecca Blais

Rebecca Blais

APA Council Representative

Rebecca K. Blais is an Assistant Professor in Psychology. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. Prior to graduate school, she completed her B.A. in Psychology at Connecticut College and completed a two-year research assistantship at Yale University. She is the principle investigator of the Military Social Science Lab.

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.

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.
Paul Bartone

Paul Bartone

Member at Large

Colonel (Retired) Paul T. Bartone, Ph.D. is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Technology & National Security Policy, National Defense University. A Fulbright Scholar (Norway, 2006-07), Bartone has taught strategic leadership at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he also served as Director of the West Point Leader Development Research Center. Trained as an interdisciplinary research psychologist at the University of Chicago, he is a seasoned expert in applying psychological, social, cultural, and biological perspectives to the understanding of human behavior. Bartone’s research has focused on understanding and measuring resilient or “hardy” responding to stress, identifying underlying biomarkers for resilience, and applying this knowledge to improve selection, training and leader development programs. A U.S. Army Research Psychologist for 25 years, Bartone also served as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Research Psychology, and as the Assistant Corps Chief for Medical Allied Sciences. He is a past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 19, Society for Military Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science. He holds a U.S. government Secret security clearance.
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Bruce Crow

Parliamentarian

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.

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Emily Grieser

Member at Large