KPA Committees, Task Forces and Interest Sections

Committee Chairs are appointed on an annual basis by the KPA President. All members in good standing are invited to serve on a committee. If you are interested in serving as a chair or participating in a committee please contact KPA.

2019 Convention
Steve Katsikas, Ph.D., Chair

CE Program Development 
Brighid Kleinman, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Kristen Milazzo,  Psy.D., Co-Chair

The CE Development Committee meets as needed and also via a listserv, to brainstorm and plan for upcoming Continuing Education offerings throughout the state of KY.  Typically, a committee member is delegated to make contact with potential presenters, and eventually to facilitate the presenter's submission of an on-line CE proposal form and vita.  Occasionally, committee members introduce presenters at CE events.   Finally, the CE Development Chair and/or Vice Chair attend quarterly KPA Board meetings in order to report their activity and stay connected to the needs of KPA and its members.

CE Review 
Matt Gilbert, Psy.D., Chair

The mission of the CER Committee is to review all CE proposals submitted to KPA for adherence to CE standards as formulated by the Kentucky Psychological association (KPA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology (KBEP). Committee activities are typically conducted by e-mail. The committee’s goal is to act on non-problematic proposals within five working days. The committee typically reviews about one hundred proposals each year. 

Beth Moore, M.S., Chair
The purpose of the communications committee of KPA is to distribute current and accurate information to KPA members, and to serve as a consultative resource for KPA staff and divisions.  The committee is responsible for creating and editing the KPA e-Newsletter and The Kentucky Psychologist.  The committee serves as a consultative resource to KPA staff and divisions regarding website content and formatting and appropriate use of the listservs.  The committee meets quarterly via teleconference with interim communication via email.  All levels of KPA memberships are eligible to participate on this committee, which operates under the guidance of an appointed Chair.  This committee is overseen by the KPA Board and its actions are subject to Board approval.  

Early Career Psychologists
Andri Yennari, Ph.D., Chair
The Early Career Psychologists committee caters to psychologists and master’s level clinicians who are KPA members and who have earned their terminal degree within the past seven years.  The purpose of the committee is to provide resources and support for these individuals in order to encourage their professional development and involvement in KPA. Activities include networking socials, the mentorship program, facilitating the formation of peer supervision groups, and providing information and resources pertinent to members’ development.  

Sarah Shelton, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Sharon Turpin, M.S., Co-Chair

The Ethics Committee is dedicated to assisting psychologists in maintaining ethical conduct at the highest professional level. Our primary focus is education and consultation; thus, we do not adjudicate ethical complaints brought against psychologists.

Our ongoing educational activities include presenting on ethics at the KPA Convention each fall, writing ethics articles for the Spring and Fall issues of the KPA newsletter and providing ethics presentations for universities, organizations, and groups of psychologists around the state. 

Our ongoing consultation activities include responding to online ethical consultation requests from KPA members by disseminating the request to committee members for their input and then compiling their feedback into one helpful response and responding to verbal requests for ethical consultations by the same procedure.

The Ethics Committee generally meets four times a year, usually on a Friday morning in January, April, July, and October. We have two spaces on the committee for interested graduate students and our students usually serve for twelve months beginning July 1st. 

Don Roger, Ph.D., Chair

The Finance Committee (“Committee”) is appointed by the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Kentucky Psychological Association (“KPA”) to assist the Board in its general oversight of KPA’s financial performance, position and use of assets.  

The Committee is comprised of at least three members determined by the Board to meet financial literacy requirements.  The treasurer serves as chair.

The Committee will meet as often as it determines appropriate to carry out its responsibilities, but no less than annually.

The Committee is advisory to the Board.
1. Prior to the adoption of the annual budget, the Committee will review the financial status of KPA including lines of revenue, expenses, cash reserves, debt, and other key indicators of financial performance.

2. The Committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding opportunities or threats in regard to financial health of  KPA.  This information will be considered by the Board in the adoption of the annual budget.

3. The Committee’s report will be made through the Treasurer in writing.  

4. The Committee will monitor the Financial performance of KPA throughout the year by reviewing the financial statements (Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet) quarterly.  Recommendations will be made to the Board as needed.

Beth Simon, Psy.D., Chair
Public Issue Response Committee (PIRC)
Katie McBride, Ph.D., ChaIr

The Board approved the establishment of a Review Committee that shall be named KPA Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC). The Board made clear its priorities for both representativeness and ability to respond in a timely manner. In forming the committee, issues of inclusivity and representativeness were balanced with issues of efficiency. The PIRC shall be comprised of the following members:

            A. WHO: Nine (9) members

                        Executive Committee (President, Past President, President Elect,Secretary, Treasurer)

            plus 4 KPA Board Representatives (Diversity, Early Career, Graduate Student, APA Council )

            and Director of Professional Affairs (To also serve as liasons with Legislative Advisory Team)

B. The PIRC Chair (to be determined by PIRC committee) shall review the Proposal Brief Screening Form to determine whether Proposed Issue is already being addressed by KPA. If not already addressed, the Chair shall encourage the Initiator to submit the Full Proposal Form to the PIRC.

C. In reviewing proposals, the committee shall work on a consensus (rather than formal voting) basis, requiring a quorum (5 of 9) members participating via email and/or conference call format. If an agreement (consensus) is not easily achieved, then more information must be obtained prior to moving the issue forward in the PIRC process.

2018 PIRC Committee members:  Katie McBride,Ph.D. (Chair), Sarah Shelton, Psy.D., Eric Russ, Ph.D., Norah Chapman, Ph.D., Don Rogers, M.A., Lisa Willner, Ph.D., Laurie Grimes, Ph.D., David Susman, Ph.D., Shambra Mulder, Ph.D., Alex Brake, M.A.

Newsletter Editor
David Pascal Hague, Ph.D.

Task Force, Consultants, and Work Groups

David Susman, Ph.D.
The dictionary defines "ambassador” as "an authorized representative or messenger of goodwill.”  The KPA Ambassadors are the "faces of KPA” throughout Kentucky.  Ambassadors recruit new KPA members and educate current and potential KPA members about KPA services and benefits.  They also share information from the APA public education campaign and other psychology-related resources via formal or informal presentations.

Bylaws (Ad Hoc)
Sarah Shelton, Ph.D.

Federal Advocacy Coordinator/ Government Relations
Georgeann Stamper Brown, Ph.D.

PAC Development Task Force
Felicia Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Joe Edwards, Psy.D., Co-Chair

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Interest Sections and Chairs

Community & Public Service Rep


Equine & Other Animal Facilitated Therapy

Jennifer Sutherland, M.S., Ed.S.