Invitation Letter

June 1, 2017

Dear VA Psychologists and VA Psychology Trainees:

We are very pleased to invite you to the VA Psychology Summit that will be held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the day before the start of the annual APA Convention. The conference is sponsored by the Association of Veterans Affairs Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) and APA Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service. The theme is “Engaging Partners in Shaping the Future of VA Care.”

In line with this year’s theme, we will have speakers from VA Central Office and from many national VA partners, including national leaders from Veterans Service Organizations and VA Labor Partners. We will also have representatives from the offices of members who sit on VA Congressional Committees. We hope to have representatives from both the House and Senate. Our goal is to create a dialogue aimed at strengthening VA care, especially VA mental and behavioral health care.

All VA psychologists and trainees are invited to the VA Psychology Summit. The summit will be from 9am to 5pm and will be held at The Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, located at 900 10th St. NW. in Washington D.C. We do not have a hotel room block, but many hotels near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center have a special APA rate at the time of the writing of this letter. You do not need to register for the APA Convention to attend the DC Psychology Summit.

The cost of registration is only $40!

Per the updated VA Financial Policies and Procedures, Volume XIV, Chapter 10 dated December 22, 2016, non-federal conferences no longer require ACES approval! Accordingly, you will not need to register with ACES for this conference.

For individuals seeking travel funding, information for the conference is as follows:

Course name: VA Psychology Summit
Vendor’s mailing address:
Association of VA Psychologist Leaders c/o Sam Wan, PhD
4150 Clement St. (116B)
San Francisco, CA 94121

Telephone number: 404-321-6111 x4354

Please share all of the above information widely with all VA psychologists (administrators, clinicians, and researchers) and psychology trainees at your station. Additional conference information can be obtained from Mike Martin, Ph.D. at

The VA is at a crossroads and the future of VA care depends upon how partnerships are forged over the next few years. Please plan to come one day early to the APA Convention and lend your voice to these vital conversations!

Mike Martin, PhD
Chair, VA Psychology Leadership Conference Planning Committee