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Committees

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.

 

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Chair: Rabia Subhani, PsyD
Email: drrabiasubhani@gmail.com

 

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: 
http://www.gapsychology.org/resource/resmgr/Files/Ethics_Committee_R&P_Updated.pdf

Ethics Committee Chair: Rebecca Beaton, PhD
Email: drbeaton@stressmgt.net

 

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 GPA-approved workshops using GPA’s ability to review and authorize such educational opportunities for the state of Georgia.

Continuing Education Co-Chairs: Jennifer Steiner, PhD and Anne Imhoff, PhD
Email:  jlsteiner1@gmail.com and dr.anne.imhoff@gmail.com

 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 Co-Chairs: Michelle Casimir, PsyD and Brandon Register, PhD
Email: mtcasimim@emory.edu and bregister7@gmail.com

 

Membership Directorate

 

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.

Membership Chair: Christy Hall, PhD
Email: drchristinehall@gmail.com

 

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 Jordan Cattie, PhD
Email:  rachelwaford@gmail.com and jordan.cattie@emory.edu

 

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: Neha Khorana, PhD
Email:  nkhorana@gmail.com

 

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.

Senior Psychologists' Network Chair: Nick Hume, PhD
Email: njjhume@gmail.com

 

Georgia Psychological Association of Graduate Students (GPAGS):

The Georgia Psychological Association of Graduate Students (GPAGS) is the branch of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) for all psychology graduate students and trainees who work or reside in Georgia. GPAGS is intended to enhance your development as future psychologists by connecting you with resources and opportunities that have been created specifically for graduate students. GPAGS members are actively engaged in leadership, building representation in political and educational arenas, and working to improve the field of psychology and the world!

GPAGS Chair: Steve Fogelman
Email: sfogelm@uga.edu

 

Business of Practice Directorate

 

Committee on Family, Children and Assessment:

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: Anita Grover, PsyD
Email:  dranitakgrover@gmail.com

 

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: Leah Farrell-Carnahan, PhD
Email: atlantacbt@gmail.com


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
Email: dr.tina.caudill@gmail.com / kyleraque@hotmail.com

 

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: Speshal Walker, PhD
Email: speshal.walker@gmail.com

 

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: Carly Hanks, PhD
Email: cwhanks113@gmail.com

 

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
Email: adriana@dunflo.com

 

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: Courtney Crooks, PhD
Email: courtneylcrooks@yahoo.com

Federal Advocacy Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly, PhD.
Email: jfkphd@aol.com

 

Public Education Directorate

 

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.

 

Speakers Bureau:

The Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) offers dynamic speakers who are skilled at delivering informative and engaging presentations. These programs can be tailored to suit an organization's training and development needs.

More information here: https://gapsychology.site-ym.com/page/speakersbureau

 

Public Education Directorate Representative: Zachary Friedman, PsyD
Email: zfriedmanpsyd@gmail.com

Atlanta Science Festival: Howard Drutman, PhD
Email: DrDrutman@atlantanpc.com


 

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: 
http://www.gapsychology.org/resource/resmgr/files/PIRC_Process_for_Website_SEP.pdf

PIRC Chair: Dora Soublis, PhD
Email: dorasoublis@gmail.com

 

President-Appointed Task Forces

 

Facilities and Infrastructure Task Force:

Chair: Rachel Kieran, PsyD
Email: rkieranpsyd@gmail.com

 

Psychologists Practicing in Organizations Task Force

Co-Chairs: Ginny Chan, PhD and Meghna Patel, PhD
Email: ginnychan@gmail.com and Meghna.Patel@va.gov

 

Insurance Benefits Task Force:

Chair: Natalie Arnette, PhD
Email: natalie.arnette@gmail.com

 

Endowments Task Force:

Chair: Nick Hume, PhD
Email: njjhume@gmail.com