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Welcome Anita Brown as GPA's New DPA!

Thursday, August 8, 2019   (0 Comments)

 

Dr. Anita Brown has recently accepted the position of Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for GPA. We are excited to welcome her as the newest member of our team!

 

Read her biography here.

 

 

   Anita Brown: Fun Facts

 

1. I sing alto (and occasionally help out as a tenor) in the Choral Guild of Atlanta.  As President-Elect of the group, I look forward to celebrating their 80th season as a choral society.

 

2. As a result of living in France and learning to speak the language as a child, I was told by my high school German teacher that I was the only American he knew who spoke German with a French accent! This linguistic ability was useful when the Choral Guild most recently sang Bach cantatas in German in the Spring Concert.

 

3. I met my true love in 1970 and following a brief but spectacular romance we “lost” each other for 36 years, but “found” each other again and were married in 2014, blending families of five children and six grands!

 

4. I am very proud of my husband, Gerard Catus, who is a professional theatre, film and voice over actor.  I enjoy seeing his performances multiple times.  There is a lot of psychology behind most of his characters and we love discussing and dissecting the scripts and their nuances.  I once “coached” him in how a manic episode might be portrayed.

 

5. As a Fellow of the historic Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project (PDP), I was a prescribing psychologist for 10 years, both as an Army psychologist and a civilian at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Fort Hood Texas; Fort Eustis VA and Landstuhl Medical Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

 

6. I have been actively involved in writing and teaching clinical psychopharmacology training curricula and national test items for Fairleigh Dickinson University; the American Psychological Association and other entities. Learning the science and the practice of prescribing medications was not overwhelming (the PDP didactic curriculum was essentially the first two years of the medical school curriculum) given years of working in medical settings and with patients on meds, and a very good background in physiological psychology in graduate school. To treat the whole person I think every psychologist needs an understanding of the ways all medications impact treatment.

 

7. Many of the jobs I have had over 40 years as a psychologist came through my association with organized psychology.  While at the APA State Leadership training as President –Elect of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, I picked up a flyer for a job in the Practice Directorate at APA and within six months I was an Assistant Executive Director for Policy, Training and Research.  I later merged that position with another in Education directing professional education initiatives such as the College of Professional Psychology and other proficiencies.  From there I was recruited into the PDP, which was part of my management portfolio and another life-changing direction.

 

8. Because of my most recent job as a consultant with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, I have a great interest in the many benefits of integrating  technology into our profession- from user friendly and work-reducing EHR approaches that support data collection and predictive analytics that can enhance decision making in treatment, to the transformative nature of using electronic means of communicating (PSYPACT) and medical devices for monitoring and tracking patient generated “data.”

 

9. I am a member of the APA Ethics Code Task Force working on revision of the Code- another opportunity in my life and career as a psychologist to make a positive contribution. 

 

10. While I have had many points where I could have to veer from this path into other professions. This is the field that I love and lessons learned never cease to fascinate me and bring me great satisfaction. I welcome feedback from my Georgia colleagues as we work together on interesting “fact” #10- the best is yet to come!