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From Continuing Education to Federal Advocacy to Independent Practice or the Disaster Response Network, GPA’s committee structure provides many opportunities for members to engage in programmatic and operational activities of the association. Committees are the foundation for accomplishing the goals and objectives of GPA annually. Committee membership and participation is open to all GPA members. To learn more about your committee of interest, please contact each Committee Chair for further information.

Business of Practice Directorate

Committee on Family & Children:

The general purpose of the Council on Family, Child and Assessment Issues is to represent and advance the interests of psychologists whose professional activities focus on providing services to children and families or conducting psychological assessments, within the larger community of GPA.

Committee on Family & Children Chair: Sara Mahan, PhD

Committee on Independent Practice:

The general purpose of the Committee on Independent Practice is to coordinate and further the interest of psychologists in independent practice.

Committee on Independent Practice Chair: Jill Anderson, PsyD

Early Career Psychologist Committee:

The Early Career Psychologists Committee strives to recruit and retain early career psychologists as GPA members providing them with opportunities to network, socialize, learn and interact.

Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair: Michelle Casimir, PsyD

Insurance & Managed Care Committee (IMC):

The IMC serves as a resource for tracking of and providing information about insurance and managed care “issues.”  The IMC responds to inquiries and directs members to resources for the resolution of payment challenges and seeks answers to questions related to insurance company policy.  On an as needed basis, the Committee also advocates on behalf of members and proposes legislation to regulate the insurance industry

Insurance & Managed Care Committee Co-Chairs: Tina, Caudill, PsyD and Kyle Raque, PsyD
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Continuing Education Directorate

Continuing Education Committee:

The Continuing Education Committee furthers the professional development of member and non-member psychologists and other mental health professionals by selecting, scheduling and executing quality APA approved continuing education workshops on behalf of GPA.  The Committee also functions as an approval resource for other entities wishing to provide APA approved workshops using GPA’s ability to review and authorize such educational opportunities.

Continuing Education Chair: Jennifer Smith, PsyD

Annual Meeting Program Committee:

The Annual Meeting Program Committee collaborates with the Executive Committee and GPA Staff to develop the program for the annual meeting and to offer onsite support.

Annual Meeting Chair: Shital Gaitonde, PhD

Annual Meeting Co-Chairs: Bianca Brooks, PhD/ Michelle Casimir, PsyD

Diversity Directorate

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs

The focus of the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee is to broaden awareness of ethnic minority affairs issues and concerns among the membership and within the state. The committee serves as a change agent supporting the acquisition of new knowledge through research to inform members and constituents. Striving to increase the multi-cultural effectiveness of practitioners and educators, the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee is committed to increasing leadership and membership sensitivity on all aspects of diversity as related to ethnic minority.

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Chair: Spechal Walker, PhD

Committee on Gender & Sexual Diversity:

The general purpose of the Committee on Gender and Sexual Diversity is to facilitate and further the advocacy related to issues of human gender and sexual identity

Committee on Gender & Sexual Diversity Chair: Deauna Webb, PsyD

Committee on Psychology on Women & Girls:

The general purpose of the Committee on the Psychology of Women and Girls is to be informed and to promote feminist ideals regarding the psychological issues of women and girls.

Committee on Psychology on Women & Girls Chair: Adriana Flores, PhD

Ethics Committee

The fundamental objective of the Committee shall be to promote the application of ethical principles to all manifestations of psychological work by the members of the Association through education, consultation and promotion of activities that focus on issues related to the field of psychology.

Rules and Procedures for membership on the Ethics Committee:

Ethics Committee Chair: Rebecca Beaton, PhD

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Chair: Rabia Subhani, PsyD

Legal and Legislative Affairs Directorate

Legal and Legislative Committee:

The LLC monitors all legal and legislative issues that impact or might impact the mental health of Georgians. In addition to monitoring issues and bills brought before the State Legislature, the committee works in concert with the GPA lobbyist to influence and educate state legislators and to keep the GPA membership informed of actions related to legislative advocacy.

Legal and Legislative Chair: Anita Brown, PhD

Federal Advocacy Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly, PhD.

Membership Directorate

Academic Affairs:

Academic Affairs works to 1) promote the science of psychology; 2) meet the needs of and engage member academic psychologists; 3) foster relationships with relevant academic departments and their students; and 4) ensures that there are opportunities for academic psychologists to contribute their knowledge and skills to the association. Academic Affairs is also the sponsor of GPA's Annual Student Poster Session.

Academic Affairs Chairs: Rachel Waford, PhD and Dorian Lamis, PhD
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Membership Committee:

The Membership Committee develops and manages GPA's membership recruitment and retention programs. The committee actively recruits new members with goals of diversity in ethnicity, demographics, organizational affiliations and areas of professional practice. The Committee consists of representatives from each of the GPA councils plus additional members from the organization.

Committee activities include:

  • Ongoing recruitment of new members with a focus on diversity in ethnicity, demographics and areas of professional practice.
  • Promote GPA membership through contacts with various educational institutions, organizations and agencies that employ psychologists in GA.
  • Ensure that prospective new members and guests feel welcome at Association events.
  • Provide mentor-ship to new members so to promote meaningful engagement and participation.
  • Assist with the creation, examination and implementation of initiatives to increase member recruitment and retention.
  • Sponsoring bi-annual orientation sessions for new members.
  • Assist with the creation, examination and implementation of initiatives to increase member return on investment.

Membership Chairs: Christy Hall, PhD

Senior Psychologists' Network

GPA offers gatherings to late career and psychologists seniors who would like to explore and share topics related to this stage of their career. GPA connects these member psychologists with similar interests and concerns through face-to-face interaction in a casual setting. The goal is to be a resource for both personal and professional needs.

The network encourages anyone who fits ANY of these categories to join in these networking events:

  • 60 years in age or older
  • Looking for more support as a late career psychologist
  • Has been practicing for a long period of time and considers themselves a psychologist senior
  • Open to discussions and topics that are personal to psychologists as individuals, but also professional to their career

Senior Psychologists' Network Chair: Nick Hume, PhD

Public Education Directorate

Disaster Response Network (DRN):

The DRN recruits and helps psychologists to engage in all aspects of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery thus promoting human welfare and opportunities for professional growth

Public Education Committee:

The primary purpose of the Public Education Committee is to inform the public about psychologically-related matters with the intention of empowering them to make informed health care decisions, to reduce mental health stigma and to educate them about the role that psychologists play in their lives and within their communities. This work is accomplished through educational opportunities, the creation of a Speaker’s Bureau with a list of members who are qualified to present public education presentations and media interviews on a regular basis.


Public Education Chair: Howard Drutman, PhD

Psychology in the Workplace Network:

The PWN Committee is responsible for educating businesses about psychology and the need to provide positive environments for employees thus resulting in improved corporate climates. The primary focus of the committee is to plan, organize and execute GPA’s bi-annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards.

Psychology in the Workplace Network Chair: William Flanagan

Public Interest Review Committee (PIRC)

The fundamental objective of the Committee shall be to consider, and perhaps, taking action regarding public policy, issues of public interest, or legislation of relevance to the practice and/or science of psychology. It is impossible to anticipate all circumstances to which GPA may opt to respond. And different circumstances will warrant different responses. However, the goal of PIRC is facilitating GPA's role in addressing public policy issues to enhance the welfare of all Georgia's citizens.

Any member of GPA can initiate a process urging the Association to take a position on an issue of public policy, social action and/or legislation.  Instructions:

PIRC Chair: Ren Massey, PhD

President-Appointed Task Forces:


Veterans Affairs Partnerships Task Force:

Veterans Affairs Partnerships Chair: Jennifer Smith, PsyD

Facilities and Infrastructure Task Force:

Chair: Rachel Kieran, PsyD

Task Force on Telespychology:

Chair: Susan Litton, PhD

Mid-Career Psychologists Task Force:

Chair: Kensa Gunter, PsyD

Insurance Benefits Task Force:

Co-Chairs: Natalie Arnette, PhD and Josh Spitalnick, PhD