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Message from the President

We live in a time of unprecedented stress. Our work and skills are needed more than ever to advance research, understanding, and important conversations. It is thus imperative and a comfort to know that the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) offers a touchstone of professional support to psychology’s researchers, educators, and practitioners throughout Georgia.

GPA has accomplished much over the past year. Our Board of Directors approved an affiliated Undergraduate/Graduate Student group (GPAGS) and advocated for refinement of the rules governing testing by mental health professionals. We also met with several federal legislative staffs regarding scope of practice and access to care policies. Our Insurance and Managed Care Committee achieved reversals of some negative payment policies when advocating with insurance companies about reimbursement issues. Our Diversity Directorate hosted more of its award-winning programs, and we continue seeking ways to serve the Regions throughout all of Georgia. These are just a few of our successes.

As President, I am committed to ensuring to that GPA achieves its vision of being the preeminent resource and advocate for Georgia psychologists. I have initiated a formal strategic planning process to focus our efforts to increase membership, diversity, advocacy and financial stability. I have recruited an extremely demographically diverse Board for 2017-2018. I have relaunched outreach efforts to Georgia’s doctoral programs to offer chances for student growth through GPAGS. I am appointing several task forces to explore specific questions and opportunities for GPA to build and serve its membership and the public. For example, the new task force on GPA and the Veterans Administration (VA) will see how these organizations can best work together for research, psychologist and student training, and patient care in the VA and the community.

Psychologists are resilient by nature and by training. Curiosity, compassion, listening, and our Ethical Principles inform our choices as we employ our talents to benefit our profession, colleagues, and GPA. I invite you to join and become active in GPA. We are only as strong as our membership. We need you to make GPA stronger, wiser, and more effective in serving Georgians and our profession.

I anticipate an exciting year ahead for our association and look forward to meeting you personally in the months to come.

President Ren Massey, Ph.D.