Think Tanks

Society for Military Psychology ​Think Tanks

The focus of the Division 19 think tanks is to educate and advocate, as well as forecast policy in the field of military psychology. The Society for Military Psychology strives to enhance research performed to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and their families; develop innovative and creative ideas to solve challenges in the field; and disseminate information on the state of the current research and best practices in different areas of military psychology. As a result, the Society for Military Psychology has developed think tanks comprised of leaders in the field to increase scholarship and disseminate information in various areas of military psychology, including: academics, assessment and selection, coaching, mindfulness, prescribing, suicide prevention, telehealth, and veteran transition.

Academic Think Tank

The Academic Think Tank examines the current state-of-the-art and status of academic courses and curriculums in military psychology at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. This will include curriculum and course designs along with current textbooks utilized in the instruction of Military Psychology courses. The goals of the Academic Think Tank are to: identify the current academic programs and courses in military psychology; collect program descriptions, curriculums, and syllabi in military psychology; assemble textbooks, articles, and media utilized in the instruction of military psychology courses; examine the academic and training requirements for an education in military psychology; and develop a model curriculum and courses in military psychology.

Chair:
Joseph E. Troiani, PhD, Commander, U.S. Navy (retired)
Program Director
M.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology
M.A. in Applied Psychology
Adler University

Assessment and Selection Think Tank

The Assessment and Selection Think Tank focuses on promoting awareness of the science and practice of personnel assessment and selection in the military, advocating for the use of reliable, valid, and evidence-based selection tools and measures, and driving innovative ideas to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of current military assessment and selection practices.

Chair:
Tatana Olson, PhD
Deputy Director
Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory
Naval Medical Research Unit

Coaching

Coaching in the military has gained momentum over the past decade to sustain service members’ performance and well-being. Members of the Coaching Think Tank are focused on education, advocacy, and policy in the military that relates to coaching. Topics of discussion for this group related to coaching include licensure, certification, assessments, best practices, and scalability. Additionally, the group explores the use of performance and sports psychology in coaching in the military.

Chair:
Stephen Bowles, PhD, ABPP
Visiting Research Fellow
Institute for National Security Studies
National Defense University

Mindfulness

The Mindfulness Think Tank explores ways that mindfulness can be used in a variety of military settings to increase performance and decrease negative health outcomes related to military service. Common stressors in various military, government, and civilian occupations may be mitigated by mindfulness practices and well-being approaches in these settings. The Mindfulness Think Tank educated psychologists and service members in mindfulness and examines the use of mindfulness as a countermeasure for stress in high intensity operational and training settings. The think tank also explores policy and advocacy approaches to promoting and incorporating mindfulness in the military.

Chair:
Stephen Bowles, PhD, ABPP
Visiting Research Fellow
Institute for National Security Studies
National Defense University

Prescribing Think Tank

The Prescribing Think Tank aims to increase access to holistic medical evaluation and interventions through advocating for both military and civilian psychologists with advanced training gaining the additional tool of medication management. The goal of this think tank is to ensure that service members and veterans have reliable and consistent access to healthcare while continuing to hone and support the expansion of this burgeoning subspecialty of mental health.

Chairs:
Kyle M. Bandermann, PhD, MSCP (RxP)
LT, MSC, USN
Ship’s Psychologist
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

Marcus VanSickle, PhD, ABPP, MSCP (RxP)
LT, MSC, USN
Command Psychologist
CNSP, Mid Pacific

Suicide Prevention Think Tank

The Suicide Prevention Think Tank examines ways in which suicide impacts service members, veterans, and their families. One of the main focuses of the Suicide Prevention Think Tank is to is to disseminate information about suicide awareness and prevention among military populations and to the community through advocacy work, both locally and nationally.

Chair:
Bruce Crow, PsyD
Senior Fellow
Military Suicide Research Consortium
University of Washington
Command Psychologist
CNSP, Mid Pacific

Telehealth Think Tank

The Telehealth Think Tank explores ways in which telehealth can be used for the military in a variety of contexts to increase accessibility of care for our fighting force. Specifically, the Think Tank is working to advocate for increased access to healthcare through the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), an agreement between states created to aid in the practice of telepsychology across state lines. Some service members, such as National Guard members, face particular barriers to receiving mental health treatment due to living in different states from where their unit is located or having difficulty receiving care with a consistent provider when working in remote locations. The Telehealth Think Tank explores ways to decrease barriers to care such as these through the practice of telehealth to increase access to healthcare for service members by identifying best practice in military telehealth.

Chair:
Tim Hoyt, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Branch Chief
Psychological Health Promotion
Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Veteran Transition Think Tank

The Veteran Transition Think Tank explores the psychological, physical, and social effects of the transition from military to civilian life. One of the goals of the Think Tank is to examine ways that applied and clinical psychologists focused on current military, veterans, and military families can better aid in the transition process. In addition, the Think Tank advocates for and educates others on the ways that veteran transition can be supported by other areas, including the family system, the workforce, and healthcare.

Chairs:
Nathan Ainspan, PhD
Research Psychologist
Transition to Veterans Program Office
Department of Defense

Kristin Saboe, PhD
Global Senior Manager
Organizational Research and Employee Listening
The Boeing Company