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Message from the President

GPA President: Laura Dilly, PhD

 

Welcome, whether you are a long-time member or newcomer. We are glad to have you and your talents as a part of GPA. And, I am honored and humbled to be your President.

GPA is in a strong position to move forward into this year and the next decade! We are entering our third and final year of GPA’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. We have made significant progress on our goals, including increasing the financial sustainability and diversity within GPA, thanks in a large part to Dr. Dora Soublis and Dr. Ren Massey, our last two Presidents. We continue to provide strong Continuing Education for our members, along with valuable services such as the GPA Premium Listserv, discounted legal consultation package and credit card processing, ethics consultations, insurance and managed care consultations, advocacy, and networking opportunities. During the 2019-2020 year, we have an ambitious agenda to continue to reach our goals. I will highlight a few areas of focus this coming year.

Director of Professional Affairs

GPA’s renewed financial sustainability allowed the Board of Directors to approve the creation of a staff role, Director of Professional Affairs (DPA). Dr. Anita Brown will serve as our first DPA, working alongside the Legal and Legislative Committee and Insurance and Managed Care Committee. She will provide staff support to important GPA initiatives in these areas. We look forward to integrating this position into GPA’s work.

Related to legislative issues, in April 2019, thanks to the work of Dr. Brown as the Chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee , Dr. Gayle Spears our Executive Director, our lobbyists at Nelson Mullins, ASPPB, and many GPA members, Governor Kemp signed the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) into law. PSYPACT is an interstate compact specifically designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary face-to-face practice of psychology across state lines (https://www.asppb.net/page/PSYPACT). Work this year will focus on the implementation of PSYPact.

In addition, our Insurance and Managed Care Committee, headed be Drs. Tina Caudill and Kyle Raque, will be supported by Dr. Brown. This team has worked tirelessly in order to ensure proper reimbursement of psychological services in the face of new psychological testing codes. My hope is that by adding financial and staff resources in the form of the DPA we will be even greater advocates for appropriate mental health coverage and reimbursement.

Leadership

As psychologists, we are all leaders. We are leaders in our practices, organizations, and communities. Dr. Soublis and I have started a Leadership Academy to build up early and mid-career psychologists as leaders within the field and leaders within GPA. Participants will learn about GPA, gain skills related to legislative advocacy, engage in formal leadership assessments, and join in the work of GPA’s committees. We have eight outstanding Early and Mid-Career psychologists that are participating in the Leadership Academy. Without a doubt, there is a future GPA President among them.

Psychologists Practicing within Organizations

As integrated healthcare increases, psychologists are increasingly practicing within organizational settings. APA estimates that there will be a 26% increase in the number of psychologists working in hospital settings between 2015 and 2030. Therefore, my second area of priority is increasing the number of GPA members that work within organizational settings such as hospitals, university counseling centers, schools, and the VA throughout the state. In order to do this, I have formed a Task Force to ascertain the needs of psychologists in organizational settings and make recommendations to GPA on how to meet these needs.

I am eager to meet you and urge you to continue your GPA membership as well as to find ways to become active in GPA. Our organization is made stronger with the many talents of our amazing members, and I encourage you to share yours. Please look at our many committees here or contact one of Executive Committee members to get more involved.

 

Best,

Laura Dilly, PhD, ABPP