Get Psyched! DHCC Psychologists to Present at APA Annual Meeting

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By Andy Blatt, Psy.D.
July 17, 2017

Each August, psychologists from around the world attend the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). This year the meeting will be held Aug. 3-6 in Washington, D.C., where our own DHCC psychologists will deliver five presentations. 

Many of our psychologists belong to Division 19: Society for Military Psychology, which sponsors presentations and publishes its own convention agenda specific to the interests of military psychologists.  

DHCC’s deputy director Dr. Kate McGraw, Practice Based Implementation (PBI) Network chief USPHS Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Jorielle Houston, and I will speak about Department of Defense efforts to create clinical practice change when we present “Innovative Psychological Health Practice Change Dissemination: DoD/VA Implementation Science Efforts.” In the Division 19 suite, Dr. McGraw and I will address efforts to support “Mental Health Care for Service Members Across the Globe” which describes DHCC leadership with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Military Issues Work Group. The group includes international mental health clinicians from around the world and focuses on common challenges experienced by service members and their families.

DHCC acting associate director of psychological health clinical care USPHS Cmdr. (Dr.) Angela Williams, and Dr. Angela Gray from the PBI Network team will discuss a brief alcohol screening mechanism called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) which was piloted through the PBI Network in their presentation, “Implementing a Brief Intervention Approach for Alcohol Misuse in the Military Primary Care Setting.” Cmdr. Williams and Department of Veterans Affairs colleagues will present “Management of Major Depressive Disorder: A Guideline Perspective” to discuss recently published clinical support tools which assist clinicians, service members, veterans and their families to access critical resources on depression.

DHCC’s work with the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) program will be discussed by USPHS Capt. (Dr.) Anne Dobmeyer at an all-day workshop titled “Advances in Primary Care Behavioral Health---Data to Guide Us and Competencies to Ground Us.”

Please join your colleagues from DHCC to learn about our efforts and share your own knowledge for the benefit of the service members, veterans and families we serve. Find specific dates, times and locations for all DHCC presentations on our website.

Dr. Andy Blatt is a contracted clinical psychologist and implementation science subject matter expert at the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC). He has been with the DHCC implementation science/PBI Network team since 2014 and his specialties include change management, substance use disorders and suicide prevention.


The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.


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