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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.
Business of Practice Directorate
Committee on Family & Children:
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: Greer Ezrine, PhD and Shital Gaitonde, PhD
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: Christopher Tillitski, PhD and Marla Shapiro, PhD
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: Michelle Casimir, PsyD
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 Chair: Frank Harbin, PhD
Telehealth and Telepsychology Task Force
Telehealth and Telepsychology Task Force Chair: Marla Shapiro, PhD
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 APA approved workshops using GPA’s ability to review and authorize such educational opportunities.
Continuing Education Chair: Jennifer Smith, PsyD
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 Chair: Jennifer Smith, PsyD
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: Erin Elliott, PhD
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: Deauna Webb, PsyD
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: Katrina (Katie) Davino, PhD
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:
Ethics Committee Chair: Rebecca Beaton, PhD
Finance Committee Chair: Decia Dixon, PhD
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: Daniel Rogers, PhD
Federal Advocacy Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly, PhD.
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 Chair: Open position
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.
Committee activities include:
Membership Chair: Kensa Gunter, PsyD
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.
The network encourages anyone who fits ANY of these categories to join in these networking events:
Senior Psychologists' Network Chair: Nick Hume, PhD
Public Education Directorate
Disaster Response Network (DRN):
The DRN recruits and helps psychologists to engage in all aspects of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery thus promoting human welfare and opportunities for professional growth
Disaster Response Network Chair: Andrea Burgio-Murphy, PhD
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.
Public Education Chair: J. Kip Matthews, PhD
Psychology in the Workplace Network:
The PWN Committee is responsible for educating businesses about psychology and the need to provide positive environments for employees thus resulting in improved corporate climates. The primary focus of the committee is to plan, organize and execute GPA’s bi-annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards.
Psychology in the Workplace Network Chair: Joni Prince, PhD