APA president delivers keynote at annual psychology conference on veterans’ health

Donald Bersoff talks about his experiences as an Air Force psychologist and APA convention programs on military and veterans’ issues.

APA President Donald Bersoff delivered a keynote presentation at the 16th annual meeting of psychology leaders within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in San Antonio last month. Co-sponsored by the Association of VA Psychology Leaders (AVAPL), APA’s Practice Directorate and the VA Section of APA’s Division 18 (Public Service), this year’s conference theme was “Welcoming Veterans: Reintegration, Recovery and VA Psychology.” Attendees included VA psychologists from across the country. 

Bersoff’s address focused on his own experiences as an Air Force psychologist early in his career and on a presidential track at this year’s APA convention on psychologists’ work with military personnel, veterans and their families. The convention will be held on July 31–Aug. 4 in Honolulu.

Also at the conference, Heather Kelly of APA’s Science Government Relations Office gave a plenary presentation on APA’s federal advocacy activities related to veterans and VA psychology, particularly lobbying related to VA intramural research funding and mental health initiatives. 

A highlight of the conference was an address by and tribute to Antonette Zeiss, who recently retired as the first psychologist (and first woman) VA chief consultant for Mental Health Services.

For more information contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.