2021 Division 19 Elections

Division 19 Elections are here!  Voting for your Division 19 candidates begins on April 15, 2021 and closes on May 14, 2021.

Click here to access the virtual town hall for our two President-Elect candidates to learn about their vision.

President-Elect: Bruce Crow, Joe Troiani 
Member-at-Large: Jourdin Navarro, Marcus VanSickle 
Student Member-at-Large: Alex Fisher, Brian Knoll, Danielle Tate 
APA Council of Representatives: Tim Hoyt, Mark Paris, Mark Staal

Candidate Statements

Bruce Crow, PsyD, MPH


Thank you for reading candidate statements – I welcome an opportunity to serve as President of the Society for Military Psychology / Division 19. I have served the past three years as a Div19 Member-at-Large and have gained a stronger appreciation for the remarkable achievements of our members. The division remains financially robust and operationally stable with continued new member interest; we have an especially active level of student involvement with notable enthusiasm among those considering a career in military psychology. As MAL, I was involved in various initiatives that included: revising Div19’s Strategic Plan, serving on the taskforce creating a non-profit foundation to financially strengthen Div19, and currently co-leading a taskforce reviewing Div19’s named achievement awards assessing congruence with Div19 values. I have been a member of Div19 for nearly 40 years during which time I served 30 years on active duty and another five as an Army civilian. In 2018, I was humbled to receive the Div19 John C. Flanagan Lifetime Achievement Award. I hold a PsyD and an MPH and have completed two post-doctoral fellowships: one in Clinical Neuropsychology, the other as a research fellow in military suicide. During my time in uniform, I served in a range of clinical and leadership positions including an unprecedented eight-year appointment as Clinical Psychology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. I currently hold a senior position with the VA Suicide Prevention Program.  Allow me to cite some career development events that may provide insight into my leadership experience:

  • Served as DoD Champion of the first VA/DoD PTSD clinical practice guideline and member of the first VA/DoD suicide prevention clinical practice guideline committee.
  • Assisted with establishing the DoD Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and served as the first chair of the CDP board of directors.
  • Created the Army’s model for two-year internship + residency training.
  • Led critical event response teams deployed to Saudi Arabia following terrorist bombing incidents.
  • Served as lead analyst for Soldier suicides in Iraq, first OIF Mental Health Advisory Team.
  • Established the Army’s Warrior Resiliency Program and developed the most active tele-behavioral health operation in the DoD.
  • Serve as military representative on APA’s Presidential Task Force on Telepsychology creating telepsychology practice guidelines.
  • Assisted with establishing the American Association of Suicidology Public Health Committee, currently serving as committee chair.
  • Recently co-edited a special issue of public health approaches to suicide prevention for the journal, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Military psychologists bring exceptional skills to their service as researchers, clinicians, organizational consultants, human factors designers, and so much more. The Society for Military Psychology (Div19) provides a basecamp within APA for military psychologists who serve in or out of uniform, sharing commitment to duty and service to country. The division is stable and will benefit from measured refinements to our programs and initiatives. Keeping Div19 strong, telling our story, and connecting our members are themes that will guide my actions in any position I am fortunate to hold in support of Division 19.

Joseph E. Troiani, PhD


My interest in becoming President of the Division is driven by my passion for the military and veterans which led me to develop the Military Psychology Emphasis in the Psy.D. Program 12 years ago and six years ago the Online M.A. in Military Psychology.  I am currently serving as the Founding Director of Military Psychology at Adler University.  Along with my experience as a retired Navy Commander (prior enlisted) and my work in the Veterans Administration Hospital along with the management of Behavioral Health Programs, I believe that I can contribute to the profession and specialization in Military Psychology.

Other experience that I bring to the table is that since 2003 I have served on the Executive Committee and Council of the Illinois Psychological Association including the Presidency in 2016/17 which has given me the skill set to function in a leadership role within the association and division.

These are the challenges that I see facing the division going forward:

  • The division defining who we are and what we do in light of the critical voices within the profession of psychology.
  • The promotion of a further understanding of Military Psychology.
  • Moving forward to get beyond the Hoffman controversy. I believe that the Profession of Psychology has moved beyond the controversy but our critics will continue to use the report to question the profession of military psychology.

The initiatives that I propose to continue if elected President are:

  • Building off the success of the 2019 and 2020 Regional Research Symposiums (RRS), and with the 2021 RRS, continue with and further expand future RRS. Explore the use of the virtual RRS and continuing education programs.
  • The “think tanks” (e.g., Moral Injury, Academic, etc.) also hold the promise of engaging the membership of the Division and contributing to the visibility of Division 19.
  • The development of military psychology courses/curriculum at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.
  • The development of a crisis response group within the division that can immediately respond to such events like the COVID-19 virus or the Hoffman Report.
  • Further define military cultural competency for the profession and the field of behavioral health.

My strategic vision for Division 19 is as follows:

  • Achieve financial sustainability for the division. This would include the development of additional revenue streams and the foundation.
  • Institutionalize the strategic planning process (five year cycle) on an ongoing basis.
  • Increase visibility of the division both within the profession of psychology, the behavioral health professions, and the general public.
  • Increased visibility would involve the branding and messaging of military psychology.
  • Promote the rich history of the division and its contributions.
  • If elected I would make a commitment to travel to Washington, D.C. at my own expense every other month to work and advocate for the division.

I look forward to the opportunity to build off the fine work by the current and past officers of Division 19 as we look forward to a bright future and continue contributions to the profession.  Thank you for this opportunity to run as a candidate for president.

Jourdin W. Navarro, PsyD


I am honored to have the opportunity to run for election as a Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee of the Society for Military Psychology/Division 19.  From 2018 – 2020 I had the privilege of serving on the EXCOM during my three-year term on the Student Affairs Committee (SAC).  During my time on the SAC, I worked with my team to advocate for student representation and rights within the Society, which culminated in successfully amending our bylaws to allow students to vote in our elections.  This also paved the way for establishing the Student Member-at-Large position, allowing an elected student representative to vote on the executive board and giving a voice to student members who make up one-third of membership within the Society.

If elected as a Member-at-Large, I will continue promoting positive change within our Society.  As a newly licensed psychologist, I would like to see an increase in membership rates among early career psychologists (ECPs).  I would also like our leadership to be more diverse and representative of our membership population.  If elected, I would like to work on advocating for issues that ECPs and other underrepresented members of our Society care about, including addressing the student debt crisis, taking a stand against extremism, actively engaging non-clinicians, promoting more inclusive ideals, and challenging the status quo when necessary.

I hope to have the opportunity to continue my involvement in process improvement within the Society for Military Psychology.  Thank you for your consideration and support.

Marcus VanSickle, PhD


As an active-duty Navy clinical psychologist, I have a total of nearly 20 years of military service (enlisted Marine, Navy officer).  I have been an active member of Division 19 since 2011, initially as a student member and campus representative and throughout the years as a scholar, mentor, and clinician.  I have served in a wide range of military clinical settings (hospital, embedded, deployed), remain actively engaged in military suicide prevention research, and as a strong advocate for Medical (RxP) Psychology at the DoD and State levels.  I feel the combination of these efforts demonstrates my multi-faceted approach to serving within Division 19.  Trained as a scientist-practitioner, I value the science of research in clinical application and the advancement of psychology.  As a Military Psychologist, I believe I am uniquely situated to assist with the identified concerns of growing and maintaining active duty involvement within our division. As Member-At-Large, I would work to build upon inter-organizational relationships, increasing involvement with other Divisions of APA, and further publicizing the amazing work of military psychologists in all spheres of psychology practice.  Throughout the years I have met many of you and remained engaged in all of our social media platforms; I will continue to be a visible member of this division and a staunch advocate for the advancement of our science.  In sum, I believe these characteristics make me the best candidate for your next member-at-large.  If elected, I will work to maintain clear lines of communication between you and our executive committee and will work diligently toward our growth.


Danielle Tate, MHA


My name is Danielle Tate, and it is an honor to be considered for the Student Member-At-Large position. Coming from a family with multiple service members, military values were instilled in me at a young age and inspired me to want to join the military after graduation. I cannot think of a bigger privilege than to serve our great nation, our brave soldiers as a clinical psychologist, and our student members of Division 19. With successful experience in member recruitment, engagement, and retention, hosting national events, and operational improvement initiatives I feel I can bring creative ideas and a well-rounded perspective to the position. Skills in strategic planning and operational efficiency would allow me to create opportunities for students to network with recruiters, leaders, and experts in the field of military psychology. One approach I would like to take is developing a guide for student members to learn about and access resources and opportunities available to them more readily, such as the Summer Institute and HPSP Scholarships. Creating a contact list for professionals can help guide students throughout their education and career journey. In addition, implementing a bi-monthly “Coffee and Conversation” or “Lunch and Learn” would allow students to gain knowledge from professionals in the field, as well as a chance to ask pertinent questions they may have. I hope to collaborate with the Members-At-Large and other leaders to identify the needs of Division 19 and students and work together to meet them in an efficient manner. Thank you.

Alex R. Fisher, BS


As a Florida Guardsman of 3-20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and as the BN CBRN Officer, I have one foot in the door as a volunteer for service; the other foot is in academia pursuing a Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology at FSU. My name is Alex Fisher and I am requesting your vote to support me in becoming the Student-Member-At-Large for Division 19: Society for Military Psychology.

My dedication to continue research and application for advancement of overall well-being has been a primary goal. Specifically, the topic of suicide and related research has been exemplified by not only the research that I have had the opportunity to be part of regarding suicidal ideation and help seeking behaviors, but also by my recent opportunity to become the BN Suicide Intervention Officer by completing the ASIST Program.

That may be one critical topic of interest that I have, but I understand that the leadership, time, energy, and resources required to be a representative of the student body of Division 19 is also a priority to step up to. Military Psychology can continue to be the tip of the spear regarding new interventions and scientific breakthroughs and I believe that my skill set can assist being the voice of those who feel the way I do. As a former seat holder for the FSU Veterans Chair for the Congress of Graduate Students as well as Student Leadership Council Member please support me in my nomination as the Student-Member-At-Large.



Brian Knoll, MS, MBA


Thank you for your consideration as a student member-at-large.  This is the first year where student members are able to be represented through a member-at-large position and I am honored to be considered.  My name is Brian Knoll, and in 2016 I retired from 20 years in the Navy where I flew the F-18 Super Hornet for a majority of my career.  I acquired approximately 2000 tactical flight hours through combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, and through two tours as a flight instructor.  When I retired, I had the chance to pursue psychology, which is something I have always wanted to do, and it provided me an opportunity to continue to serve others.


I have been involved with Division 19 since my first year of graduate school where I was a member of the first cohort in the Society Leadership Program (SLP).  Since then, I have stayed involved and am now the Program Director for the SLP.  Through this position I interact with various division leaders and members of the EXCOM.  I work very closely with one of our past presidents, Stephen Bowles, and the current president, Maurice Sipos, who started the SLP three years ago.  My job has been to relieve some of the administrative burden of the SLP and to also help improve the program and make it more beneficial to the participants.  From January to August, the SLP meets three out of four weeks each month and I help coordinate the schedule, instructors, and recordings for each of the lectures and presentations.  My hope is that upon completion of the program, the participants of the SLP will be more connected with the division and take on future leadership roles.  After my completion of the SLP in 2019, I volunteered to be the Program Director, and this is how I have chosen to stay involved with Division 19.  I have found it to be extremely satisfying and rewarding.  As a side note, if you are a student or an ECP, please consider applying for the SLP in the Fall!  Because of my position in the SLP, I am already attending the EXCOM meetings, both midyear and at the APA convention.  I have also presented with Stephen Bowles at a Regional Symposium Series where we discussed coaching related to the SLP.


I have always been impressed with Division 19 and how important the voices of its student members are, and I would be honored to be able to carry those voices into the EXCOM meetings where our ideas and concerns can be heard.  Whether or not you vote for me, please make sure that you vote and make our student voices heard!  Thank you for your consideration!

Mark Paris, PhD


While APA generically serves the entire Psychology community, its divisional structure aims to facilitate the relationships among specific areas of interest within Psychology and the overall Association. As a former Army clinical psychologist, as well as someone who worked in mental health policy development in what is now the Defense Health Agency, I have observed the evolution of the relationship between the Association membership and those whose primary interests are focused specifically on military psychology.  It could be argued that while the generic APA membership is supportive of the needs of military personnel, its familiarity with the specific aspects of military life, which underlie the stressors of military personnel and their families, is insufficient to adequately address those needs (the divergence of viewpoints within the Association around the Hoffman report is a clear example of this). To that end, Division 19 membership on the Council of Representatives is an attempt to ensure that our concerns are recognized. While at DoD I worked closely with APA, individual Service Psychology representatives, and those from the VA at regular intervals to determine the needs of these constituencies in efforts to improve communication and mission accomplishment around Psychology-related issues. Having recently served as a Board member on ABPP’s American Board of Clinical Psychology, I was frequently reminded by military candidates of the special needs and circumstances that encompass their practice. I would see my role on the Council as ensuring the Association leadership’s awareness of, and appreciation for, the vital role we serve.

Tim Hoyt, PhD


It is an honor to be nominated as a potential Council of Representatives member on behalf of the Society for Military Psychology. As your council representative, I am committed to representing the unique perspectives of all members of Division 19 to the APA overall. Whether your role in military psychology focuses on personnel selection, organizational systems, psychometrics, human factors, or treating patients, I will ensure that your values are reflected during APA Council meetings. I bring to this position over a decade of experience as a clinician and researcher, including time as an active duty Army behavioral health officer and a DoD civilian psychologist. In these roles, I have served as an outpatient clinic chief, director of an intensive outpatient program, director of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), director of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE), and as the senior medical officer for a Brigade Combat Team. It also has been a privilege to get to know so many of the members of Division 19 over the past decade, including those I have worked with as a student mentor, conference abstract reviewer, strategic objective champion, think tank leader, Society Leadership Program faculty member, and editorial board member for the division newsletter. I’m happy to potentially join the Council of Representatives and exemplify the values of Division 19 to the broader APA community. Whether or not you vote for me, be sure that you vote!!

Mark A. Staal, PhD, ABPP


The following is a brief statement of intent and introduction to accompany my nomination for a position on the APA’s Council of Representatives (representing Division 19). I have worked as a licensed consulting psychologist for 25 years, serving 20+ years as an active-duty military psychologist. My PhD is in Clinical Psychology, I am board-certified, and fellowship-trained in human factors engineering through NASA. I have owned my own consulting company for eight years, providing human capital management and executive coaching, and have worked as a Department of Defense consultant for commercial consulting firms, Booz Allen Hamilton and KBRWyle Engineering.


Following my military retirement, I served as the President of the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) and currently sit as its Ethics Committee chair. In this capacity, I have operated as a liaison officer to the Association on behalf of the Division for several years. I currently provide consultation and support to our Presidential Trio on matters relating to military psychology ethics and policy. I have been successful at forging alliances and building critical connective tissue with key leaders and decision-makers across APA and our community.


In addition, I have been the chair of an APA Task Force representing applied psychology divisions and national organizations (the American Board of Forensic Psychology and Police and Public Safety) for the last four years, seeking to develop practice guidelines for Operational Psychology. I have published 50+ articles and book chapters addressing issues relevant to military psychology and ethical decision-making. My most recent co-edited book, “Operational Psychology: A New Field to Support National Security and Public Safety” digs deep into the ethical issues surrounding this emerging area of specialization directly relevant to military practitioners.


I have been an outspoken advocate for military psychology and the ethical practice of our profession, regularly presenting on such subjects at the annual convention and elsewhere. My own experience as a military psychologist has brought into sharp focus the many challenges facing our applied practice communities. Such challenges include issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a myriad of ethics-related concerns. I am driven and passionate when it comes to the advancement of military psychology. If given the opportunity, I will bring a focused advocacy to the highest levels of the Association on behalf of our members as a Division 19 CoR representative. I can imagine no greater service as a professional practitioner. I ask for your support (and vote) as a future member of Council.