New Department of Veterans Affairs panel integrates psychology

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, joins the National Academic Affiliations Council, a new Veterans Affairs health care advisory committee.

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, is among 14 leading experts in health care recently named to the National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC). This new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs advisory committee was created to strengthen coordination between VA and the nation's health professions schools and universities. Anderson’s participation on the council will secure psychology’s role in patient care, education and research.

"I am honored to have been selected to this important new advisory body for the VA, and I look forward to bringing the unique perspective of psychology to the deliberations of the council,” Anderson said.

The NAAC will focus attention on academic partnerships and provide opportunities for additional coordination and planning. Other committee members include health care administrators, association leaders and health professions faculty. The committee is charged with recommending proposals for policy, regulatory and legislative changes.

“This distinguished new committee will advise VA leadership on all matters affecting relationships between VA and the health professions community,” said Dr. Robert A. Petzel, VA undersecretary for health. Beginning in 2012, the council will hold several public meetings and solicit expert testimony.