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2019 Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers

Marc Evces, PhD, ABPP

GPA Keynote Speaker- Friday, April 12, 2019

Mark R. Evces, PhD, ABPP is Assistant Director of Mental Health of the WTC Health Program NYU School of Medicine Clinical Center of Excellence, and a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. He provides and supervises integrative, evidence-based psychotherapy for first responders, workers and volunteers who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts in response to the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. Dr. Evces also maintains a psychotherapy and organizational consulting practice.  His consulting practice focuses on integrating psychological knowledge into organizations, including trauma informed care policies and procedures, and fostering resilience in organizations and individuals in the helping professions. He is co-editor, with Gertie Quitangon, MD, of Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience, published by Routledge Press.  

Areas of professional focus include the treatment of posttraumatic stress and 9/11 first responders, trauma-informed care, and nonprofit organizational consulting. He has taught courses in psychology, psychotherapy and trauma in undergraduate, graduate and medical school programs. His professional experience includes working in rural community health care centers, urban hospital centers, academic medical centers, and private practice settings. Dr. Evces conducts workshops nationally and internationally at professional conferences and continuing education programs. 


Richard Tedeschi, PhD

Georgia Psychological Foundation Keynote- Saturday, April 13th, 2019


Richard Tedeschi, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UNC Charlotte where he was core faculty for the Health Psychology Doctoral Program.  He taught Ethics and Professional Issues, Psychological Treatment, and supervised doctoral students in their clinical practicum work. He is currently Distinguished Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth at Boulder Crest Veterans Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia.  He developed the concept of posttraumatic growth, and has published numerous articles and books on the subject.  He serves as media consultant on trauma for the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology.  He served as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program.  He has provided presentations and training on trauma for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the CIA, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for New American Security, and many professional organizations, clinics, and educational institutions. He is Past President of the North Carolina Psychological Association.