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Virtual Military and Veteran Summit: Advocacy and Emerging Areas in Military Psychology

  • 02 Dec 2021
  • 03 Dec 2021
  • Virtual

Save the Date!! 

The Virtual Military and Veteran Summit's theme is "Advocacy and Emerging Areas in Military Psychology" sponsored by American Psychological Association Division 19, Uniform Services University Center for Deployment Psychology, Catholic University of America, and the District of Columbia Psychological Association will be held virtually this year on December 2-3, 2021 from 1100-1900 ET. 

The program presentations will include Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Early Career Psychologist Panel, Family, Intern Presenters, Internship Directors Presentation, Operational Psychology, Moral Injury, Performance Enhancement, Society Leadership Program, Student Panel Suicide, and Veteran Service Organizations.

CE will be offered by Division 19. Society for Military Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 19 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The following will be presented at the conference. Opening comments will be made at the start of each beginning with the President of the Society for Military Psychology, COL Maurice Sipos, Ph.D. who is a Professor at the US Army War College. Other leaders will speak from the Catholic University of America and the District of Columbia Psychological Association. 

To register for the Summit please click on the Google form link located at

Please see our list of nationally recognized speakers, early career psychologists, and students that are presenting at the Summit.

Nathan D. Ainspan, Ph.D., is the Senior Research Psychologist for the Military-Civilian Transition Office at the Department of Defense. He and Dr. Kristin Saboe will be presenting "The Military-Civilian Transition Process and Veteran/Military Spouse Employment."

Rachel Breslin, Ph.D., is the Chief of Military Gender Relations Research in the Office of People Analytics in the Department of Defense.  She will be presenting "Procedural Justice and Military Sexual Harassment”. 

LT Aaron J. Banas, Psy.D., is an Active-Duty Navy Clinical Psychologist stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda where he serves as a Division Officer and an Integrated Behavioral Health Consultant in the General Internal Medicine Service. LT Banas will be presenting “MSOs & VSOs: Supporting the Wellbeing of Service Members and Veterans.”

LTC Thomas W. Britt, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Clemson University, a Faculty Instructor at the US Army War College, and the Editor-in-Chief of Military Psychology. He will be facilitating a panel presentation of three authors with publications in Military Psychology representing the field.

Thomas R. Carretta, Ph.D., is a senior research psychologist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Enhanced Airman Alignment (EAA) technical lead. He will provide a brief introduction for the symposium on the U. S. Air Force Enhanced Airman Alignment Program.

Bruce Crow, Psy.D.; MPH, is the Associate Director for Program Evaluation for the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program. He will be a participant of the panel presenting updates for military and veteran suicide prevention.

Samantha Daniel, Ph.D., is the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion Research for the Office of People Analytics within the DoD. She is also a licensed psychologist and Army spouse. She will be presenting "Diversity & Inclusion Research Capabilities Within the DoD."

Kathleen Fry, Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Trauma and Addiction at the Salt Lake City VA in Utah and Chair-Select of Division 19’s Early Career Psychologists (ECP). She will introduce the ECP committee, the vision, and goals for the upcoming year.

MAJ Emily A. Grieser, Ph.D., is the Human Performance Optimization Flight Commander and an Operational/SERE Psychologist with the Special Warfare Human Performance Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Grieser will be presenting on "A&S with an emphasis on implementation at SWTW."

David Jobes, Ph.D.; ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology at The Catholic University of America and is the Director of the Catholic University Suicide Prevention Laboratory. He will be presenting on "Suicide Prevention for High-Risk Soldiers in Military Intelligence."

CAPT Scott Johnston, Ph.D., is the Force Psychologist of Naval Special Warfare. Dr. Johnston will be presenting, "Picking tomorrow's leaders today: Naval Special Warfare Leadership Assessment Program."

Michelle L. Kelley, Ph.D., is a Professor in Psychology and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University. She will chair the panel for "Perspectives on Moral Injury."

Brian Knoll, M.S.; MBA, is a retired Naval Aviator and a current Intern at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, AZ.  He is the first Division 19 Student Representative starting in 2022 and will speak on the Society Leadership Program and internship panel.

Gloria H. Park, Ph.D.; MAPP, is the Director of Performance Psychology, HJF in support of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at USUHS. Dr. Park will be presenting "Embracing Full Spectrum Psychological Performance and Well-Being."

Kristin N. Saboe, Ph.D., is the global HR leader for Employee Listening & Research at The Boeing Company and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She and Nathan Ainspan will be presenting "The Military-Civilian Transition Process and Veteran/Military Spouse Employment."

Ashley Shenberger, Psy.D.; ABPP, Clinical Psychologist at Navy Recruit Training Command. She will be presenting “Performance Psychology Needs and Demand for Increased Training.”

Neil Shortland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. He will be presenting on "The Growth and Development of the Div19 ECP over the Past Five Years."

Marjorie Weinstock, Ph.D., is a Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology. Dr. Weinstock will be presenting "Impact of Exposure to Military Stressors and Parental Trauma on Children."

For questions about the event, please contact Jason Sadora ( or Kaitlin Patella (

For questions about CE credits, please contact Alexis Claros Nunez (; (

For updates and information please visit Facebook page APA Division 19 - Military Psychology and Twitter located at @APADiv19

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