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Board Liaison: The purpose of the AzPA Board Liaison is to provide a mechanism for communication between the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners and the Arizona Psychological Association. Chair: Melissa Flint, Psy.D., CT, CCTP

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychology (PPC): Our mission is to stimulate ways to enrich and cultivate the disciplines of psychology and psychoanalysis for the psychological community in Arizona. We believe that significant benefits will develop from the convergence of knowledge from the fields of contemporary psychoanalysis and professional psychology. We will focus primarily on four areas: theory, research, ethics, and practice. It is also our hope that AzPA members who are well informed from other orientations and psychology in general will impart their knowledge and help us to synthesize ways to enhance our practice, research, and theory development in psychoanalysis. Chair: Vaughn Tsoutsouris, Psy.D.

Continuing Education: Responsible for the continuing education activities for the Association. These activities include the development of intermediate or advanced level professional workshops, securing speakers and reviewing evaluations. The committee also reviews applications submitted to AzPA for co-sponsored programs as well as articles and quizzes submitted for continuing education credit. Interim Co-Chairs: Lesley Manson, Psy.D.

Convention: The selection of the program speakers, organization of the convention format, scheduling of activities and accompanying events, and publicity fall within the area of responsibility for this committee as does the solicitation of sponsors and exhibitors for the convention. Chair: Neil Stafford, Psy.D.

Disaster Response Committee: A network of psychologists with training in disaster response who offer volunteer assistance to relief workers, victims, and victim’s families after manmade or natural disasters make up this committee. The members of this committee coordinate their efforts with the American Red Cross on local, state and national levels and many are certified by the American Red Cross. Chair: Brittany Brown, Psy.D.

Diversity Committee: The Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) Diversity Committee proudly seeks to broaden cultural awareness and sensitivity among Arizona mental health providers through peer and community education, consultation, mentorship, and training. AzPA encourages professionals and healthcare allies alike to embrace knowledge of diversity issues. Chair: Shirley Yang, Psy.D.

Early Career Psychologists: The goal of the committee is to provide access to speakers on the topics of professional identity, leadership, practice and career building, as well as opportunities for networking and information sharing. Chair: Sarah Bald, Psy.D.

Ethics: Responds in an educational, supportive, and consultative manner to inquiries (defined as questions concerning clarification and edification of ethical issues) by AzPA members. The committee commits to assisting AzPA members in making ethically informed decisions and to clarify any ethical consequences of their decisions. Chair:  John Martin, Ph.D.

Finance Committee: This committee monitors the association's finances which includes reviewing monthly reports, watching revenue forecasts and projected expenses and their impact on current and short-term cash position. Also responsible for the preparation of an annual operating budget and review of non-budgeted requests, making recommendations to the Governing Council as needed. As requested, provides insight and leadership for other committees. If you are interested in the finance committee, please contact AzPA Executive Director Desirae Barquin.

Interprofessional Relations: Maintains contact with like committees of the state organizations of psychiatrists, social workers, and/or other related disciplines when such committees exist. They coordinate and facilitate the contacts of local interdisciplinary committees with their counterparts from the various disciplines throughout the state. Chair: Lesley Manson, Psy.D.

LGBTQ: Keeps abreast of legal, ethical, cultural, and clinical information relevant to civil rights issues in general and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in particular. Offering education and training to psychologists and other mental health providers, and promote public education and awareness regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender concerns and issues. Chair: Ashton Dessert

Legislative: Keeps abreast of current trends in legislative action that affect psychologists. Responsible for reviewing and monitoring legislation introduced before the legislature, directly interacts with legislators to explain the role of psychology, to appear before committee hearings, and to intercede with other professional organizations as necessary to explain the relationships of psychology and allied professions. Chair: Garrett Blankenship, Psy.D.

Membership: The Membership Committee identifies persons qualified for membership in the Arizona Psychological Association and develops methods and procedures to encourage such identified persons to join and remain members of the Association. They are also responsible for developing letters, brochures, and other membership tools that can be used in membership recruitment and retention efforts. Co-Chairs: MaryAnne Belton, Psy.D., and Beth Rosenberg

Military & Veterans Affairs: Focuses on developing, establishing and maintaining a network of psychologists and other health and wellness professionals to provide services to improve the well-being of members and veterans of the military and National Guard as well as their families. To achieve this goal, the committee will work to develop of education in providing psychological services to its target population and developing holistic and integrative services with primary care physicians professionals. Chair: Jessie Garcia, Ph.D., ABPP

Political Action: Provides the opportunity for members and staff of the Arizona Psychological Association interested in the future of the profession of psychology to contribute to the support of worthy candidates for Arizona statewide ad local public offices who believe, and have demonstrated their beliefs, in the principles to which the profession is dedicated. To further this purpose, the Committee is empowered, within the legal parameters of Arizona law, to solicit and accept voluntary personal contributions and to make expenditures in connection with the attempt to influence the selection, nomination, or election of any qualified individual to any Arizona statewide or local office. Chair:  Jeff Thomas, Psy.D.

Prescriptive Authority: The goal of the committee is to gain prescriptive authority for appropriately trained, licensed psychologists in Arizona. Offering a combination of education, community outreach, and legislative efforts. Co-Chairs: Kristen Northup, MSW, M.A.  and Ryan House, M.A. 

Psychologically Healthy Workplace: This committee solicits, evaluates, and recognizes organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity. The committee and awards program is on hold currently. 

Public Education Committee (Includes Communications & Information Committee): Seeks opportunities to increase the visibility of psychology in the community and to provide accurate information concerning psychology and psychologists to the public. Also disseminates information relative to psychology to the AzPA community and provides information and services that are designed to enhance the practice of psychology to members. They establish appropriate contacts with the public news media for the purpose of dispensing accurate information concerning the Arizona Psychological Association via press releases and appropriate statements. The committee is seeking volunteers, guest speakers/experts for both monthly Lunch ‘n Learns, “Coping with Change & COVID,” and podcasts on “Psychologically Healthy & Effective Workplaces”. Chair: VACANT

Rural Psychology: This committee provides a dedicated listserv and other opportunities for those practicing in rural areas throughout the state to enhance communication, networking, problem solving practice issues, referrals, etc., specific to the rural practice setting. They also explore and identify ways to develop and establish psychological services as a mental health services focal point for the general area through a central agency, (hospital, school, rural fire services), and ways to forge relationships with state and other agencies to gain underwriting resources where now there are none. Chair: John Martin, Ph.D.

Social Media: The social media committee uses platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to inform members of the latest AzPA news, updates and events. Chair: Katelyn Coddaire, M.A.

Student Affairs: The student committee seeks ways to promote student involvement in AzPA by providing means of communication, education and networking for all levels of students pursuing a degree in psychology. It also provides a mechanism for communication between the state university departments and AzPA, working to promote an understanding of the purposes and objectives of the association, fostering cooperative efforts toward attainment of common goals. Co-Chairs: Stacey BouffardKatrina Jeffries, and Nicole Tibbits

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