Conference Agenda

20th Anniversary of the VA Psychology Leadership Conference

Engaging Partners in Shaping the Future of VA Integrated Care

Sponsored by APA, the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) and APA Division 18-Psychologists in Public Service
 

May 17 – 20, 2017
The Westin Riverwalk

420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210. 224.6500
www.westin.com/riverwalk

Pre-Conference: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm APA Site Visitor Training (separate registration)
Olivares
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration and Reception
Hidalgo Ballroom & Hidalgo Pre-Function Area
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner: 20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet
Camino Real

Conference Day 1: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Navarro Ballroom

 
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
     7:15 am - 8:00 am

     Welcome Breakfast (optional)
     Room: Zapata
     Introduction to the Conference,
     AVAPL, and Division 18

8:00 am - 8:30 am Welcome and Overview
8:30 am – 9:15 am

Opening Invited Address
TBD

9:15 am- 10:00 am

Invited Presentation
20 Years: A History of the VA Psychology Leadership Conference
Rodney R. Baker, Ph.D.

Former VA Psychology Historian, AVAPL & Division 18
Chief of Psychology Emeritus, San Antonio VA MC

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:30 am

Invited Presentation
Title TBD
Melissa Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Justice for Vets
 
Bill Rausch
Executive Director, Got Your 6

11:30 am– 12:30 pm

Breakouts – Session A:

Breakout 1 : Navarro Ballroom
 
AVAPL Mid-Winter Meeting Update
 
Ronald Gironda, Ph.D.
Assistant Chief of Mental Health and Behavior Sciences and Chief of the Psychology Section
President, AVAPL
 
Thomas Kirchberg, Ph.D., ABPP
Chief, Psychology Service
Memphis VA Medical Center
Past-President, AVAPL
 
Mary Beth Shea, Ph.D.
Local Recovery Coordinator & VITAL Program Manager; Orlando VA Medical Center
President-Elect, AVAPL
 
John McQuaid, Ph.D.
Associate Chief of Mental Health for Clinical Administration; San Francisco VA Medical Center
Secretary, AVAPL
 
Samuel S. C. Wan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director; San Francisco VA Medical Center
Treasurer, AVAPL

Breakout 2 (Olivares):
  
Lessons Learned: Conversation Hour with Past Presidents of AVACP/AVAPL
 
Rodney R. Baker, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Past President of AVACP, 1982-83

Breakout 3 (Zapata):
 
Improving Morale and Increasing Psychological Safety
 
Steven Lovett, Ph.D.

Chief, Psychology, VA Palo Alto
 
Lisa K. Kearney, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Director for Education
VA Center for Integrated Healthcare
 
George Shorter, Ph.D.
Chief, Psychology Service, Malcom Randall VAMC

Breakout 4 (Villa):
 
Getting a Job in the VA: A Guide for Trainees and Early Career Psychologists
 
Stacy Pommer, LMSW

Health Systems Specialist
Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations, VA Central Office
 
James Marfield, MBA
VHA National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant, National Healthcare Recruitment Service (NHRS), Human Resources Operations and Oversight (HROO), Workforce Management and Consulting (WMC)

12:30pm – 2:00 pm

Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
 
General Lunch Area (Navarro)
 
Lunch topics
     -Psychologists of Color
     -Women in Leadership
     -Training

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Breakouts – Session A:

(Breakouts 2 & 3 repeated; Breakouts 1 & 4 below)    
(See previous descriptions and room locations)

Breakout 1 (Navarro):
 
Promoting VHA and Advocating for Veterans
 
Russell B. Lemle, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
San Francisco VA Health Care System
 
Kathleen M. McNamara, Ph.D., ABPP
Lead Professional, Psychology
Pacific Islands Health Care System
 
Jay L. Cohen, Ph.D.
National MH Technical Assistance Specialist
Office of Mental Health Operations, VACO

Breakout 4 (Villa):

Hiring in the VA: A Guide for Chiefs
 
Stacy Pommer, LMSW

Health Systems Specialist
Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations, VA Central Office
 
James Marfield, MBA
VHA National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant, National Healthcare Recruitment Service (NHRS), Human Resources Operations and Oversight (HROO), Workforce Management and Consulting (WMC)

3:00pm – 3:15 pm Brief Break - Move to Plenary (Navarro)
3:15pm – 4:15 pm

Invited Presentation
 
Measurement-Based Care
 
Rani A. Hoff, Ph.D., MPH

Director, Northeast Program Evaluation  Center (NEPEC)
Office of Mental Health Operations (10NC5)
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
 
Sandra G. Resnick, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Northeast Program Evaluation  Center (NEPEC), Office of Mental Health Operations
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Investigator, VISN 1 MIRECC

4:15pm - 4:45 pm

Invited Address
 
A View from Washington: Update on APA’s Veterans Advocacy
 
Heather O’Beirne Kelly, Ph.D.

Lead, Military & Veterans Policy
Science Government Relations
American Psychological Association

4:45pm - 5:30 pm

Invited Presentation (Navarro)
 
VHA Mental Health Program Office Update
 
Wendy Tenhula, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief Consultant
Office of Mental Health Services, VA Central Office
 
David Carroll, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Office of Mental Health Operations, VA Central Office

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Social Hour with Poster Sessions 1 & 2
(Navarro Ballroom Pre-Function Area)

Conference Day 2: Friday, May 19, 2017
Navarro Ballroom

7:00 am – 8:00 am
        7:15 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast (Navarro)    
        Job Exploration Breakfast
        (optional)
        Overview of Upcoming VA Job
        Opportunities

8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome and Housekeeping
8:15 am – 9:00 am

Keynote Address
 
Title TBD
 
Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D.

President
American Psychological Association

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Invited Presentation
 
Title TBD
 
Michael Blecker, J.D., MPH, MMAS

Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares

10:00 am – 10:15 am Brief Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Invited Presentation
 
Title TBD
 
Terri Tanielian, M.A.

Senior Social Research Analyst
RAND Corporation

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Breakouts – Session B:
 
Breakout 1 (Navarro):
 
Veteran’s Choice
 
Russell B. Lemle, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
            San Francisco VA Health Care System
 
Ronald Gironda, Ph.D.
Assistant Chief of Mental Health and Behavior Sciences and Chief of the Psychology Section, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
President, AVAPL

Breakout 2 (Olivares):
 
Measurement-Based Care
 
Rani A. Hoff, Ph.D., MPH

Director, Northeast Program Evaluation  Center (NEPEC)
Office of Mental Health Operations (10NC5)
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
 
Sandra G. Resnick, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Northeast Program Evaluation  Center (NEPEC), Office of Mental Health Operations
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Investigator, VISN 1 MIRECC

Breakout 3
 
Same-Day Access Implementation
 
Lisa Kearney, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Director for Education
VA Center for Integrated Healthcare
 
Clifford Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Deputy Director
Office of Mental Health Operations
 
Matthew Miller, Ph.D.
Chief, Mental Health Services, Saginaw VAMC

Breakout 4
 
Women in Leadership
 
AntonetteZeiss, Ph.D.
Consultant
Chief Consultant, Office of Mental Health Services (2010-2012)
 
Nicole Shiber, Ph.D.
Local Recovery Coordinator, Tampa VAMC
 
Allison Aosved, Ph.D.
Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director, VA Puget Sound
 
Stacey Pollack, Ph.D.
National Director of Program Policy Implementation
Mental Health Services, VA Central Office
 
Mary Beth Shea, Ph.D.
Local Recovery Coordinator & VITAL Program Manager, Orlando VAMC
President-Elect, AVAPL

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Networking Lunches (1.5 hours)
 
General Lunch Area (Navarro)
 
   - Early Career Psychologists
   - TBD
   - TBD

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakouts – Session B:
Topics (Repeated)

 
(See previous descriptions and room locations)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Brief Break - Move to Plenary (Navarro)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Invited Panel
 
Open Plenary Session: Best Practices from the Field
Speakers TBD

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Invited Presentation
 
Office of Academic Affiliations Update
 
Kenneth R. Jones, Ph.D.

Director, Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Presentation of the Patrick DeLeon Advocacy Award
 
2017 Recipient: TBD

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Wrap-Up/Passing the Torch
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Open Discussion
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Social Hour, CE Certificates available

CE Workshop Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Navarro Ballroom

7:30 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am -12:00 pm

Continuing Education Workshop
 
Compassion Cultivation
           
Jennifer Sippel, Ph.D.

Clinical Director for Cultural Transformation, Executive Office, VHA


The American Psychological Association Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18) is the continuing education sponsor for this VA Psychology Leadership Conference.   Division 18 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 18 maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Approval for CE credit is pending finalization of the conference program; however, the main conference typically offers 12 hours of CE credit. The workshop is designed to offer four hours of CE credit. Participants must attend all portions of the conference and/or workshop to obtain continuing education credit. For information about the conference, please contact the Conference Chair, (662) 268-9269, or vaplc.chair@avapl.org.