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.

2021 Convention
A.J. Steele, Psy.D., Chair

CE Program Development 
Scott Salathe, Psy.D., 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 presenters 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. 

Rachel Buehner, Ph.D., 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
Amy Taylor, Psy.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.  

Vicki Van Cleave, Psy.D., 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. 


Pam Cartor, Ph.D., Chair

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

Beth Simon, Psy.D., Chair

The Membership Committee is made up of current Board members and focuses on member recruitment and retention.

Public Issue Response Committee (PIRC)
Steve Katsikas, Ph.D., ChaIr
PIRC is responsible for gathering member inquiries on public issues, evaluating the appropriate response, and coordinating follow-up on those issues. 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.

2021 PIRC Committee members:  Steve Katsikas, Ph.D. (Chair), Rachel Beuhner, Ph.D., Steven Kniffley, Psy.D., Marianne McClure, Ph.D., Pam Cartor, Ph.D., Shambra Mulder, Ph.D., Amy Taylor, Psy.D., Demi Zoeller, M.A., Felicia Smith, Ph.D., Katie McBride, Ph.D.

Newsletter Editor
Chris Dewhurst, Psy.D.

Task Force, Consultants, and Work Groups

David Susman, Ph.D.
The dictionary defines an 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 & Chairs

Child and Adolescent Interest Section Representative
Kristie Schultz, Ph.D. (Term Expires: 12/31/2021)
The Child and Adolescent Section is a special interest section that promotes initiatives for providers who focus on children and adolescents in their practice and in academia.  The primary aims of this section are to address the interests of child and adolescent psychologists and to provide a medium for mutual support among colleagues.  The section’s representative holds a voting position on the Board of Directors.  KPA members can join the section by selecting the Child and Adolescent Interest Section option through the online KPA member profile.  The section welcomes members with new ideas and those interested in carrying out activities of the section.  

Clinical Interest Section Representative
Theresa Botts, Ph.D. (Term Expires: 12/31/2021)
The Clinical Section Interest Group has been set up to serve practitioners across the state.  Largely, the section functions via its listserv, which allows members to seek referral information, discuss relevant current events in the field and stay connected to their practitioner colleagues.  The section’s representative holds a voting position on the Board of Directors.  An informal gathering is scheduled for Clinical Section Interest Group members at the 2010 Annual Convention this year.  The section welcomes new members with an interest in clinical psychology to join by selecting the Clinical Psychology Interest Section option via the online KPA member profile.  

Community and Public Service Representative *Non-Voting seat

Developmental Disabilities Representative *Non-Voting seat
Susan Redmond-Vaught (Term Expires:  12/31/2021)
The Developmental Disability Interest Section is for KPA members or graduate students who are engaged or interested in one or more of the following:

  • Providing direct psychological or behavior support services to Individuals with developmental disabilities and to their families.
  • Provide psychological or behavior support services to agencies who provide services to Individuals with a developmental disability and to their families.
  • Engage in research focusing on developmental disabilities.
  • Teach undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology or behavior support services.
  • Building community support for services to Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Educating the public about developmental disabilities.
  • Advocating and supporting the role of psychologists in the provision of psychology and behavior support services to the citizens of Kentucky with developmental disabilities.

This is a new section.  Refinement and expansion of the focus of the Developmental Disabilities section will be an ongoing process and will be directed by the members of this section.

Education and Training Interest Section Representative
Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, Ph.D. (Term Expires: 12/31/2021)
The Education and Training Interest Group (ETIG) is for KPA members who are involved with or interested in aspects of training and education.  Those with an interest in either/both graduate and undergraduate education as well as involved in the training of future professionals are invited to be a part of this group.   Current members include students, practicum supervisors, internship supervisors, professors/instructors, dissertation committee members, and those interested in ethical and professional issues around training.  We are an inclusive group that utilizes a listserv to share ideas.  Currently, the group has board representation within KPA.

Equine and Other Animal Facilitated Therapeutic Practices *Non-Voting seat
Jennifer Sutherland, M.S., Ed.S.
This interest section is for mental health professionals, practitioners, or students who are using, considering using, or just curious about the practice of using animals to help people with mental health problems.  This is an inclusive group, whether you are interested in EAGALA, PATH, E3A, Emotional Therapy Animals, Medical Service Animals, Search and Rescue Animals, etc.  Some people don’t know that Freud was not only the father of psychoanalysis, but also a pioneer of animal-assisted psychotherapy.  He often had his Chow with him in his office because he found his dog helped calm his patients and encouraged them to be more open during the therapy session.  The purpose of this interest section is to share information, network, socialize, and promote the use of animals in therapeutic practices.

Forensic Interest Section Representative *Non- Voting seat
The Forensic Section Interest Section is for those KPA members who are actively involved with or interested in the field of forensic psychology.  The primary purpose of the section is to facilitate discussion, professional networking, and ongoing education among colleagues who share an interest in the diverse field of forensic psychology.  The listserv is the primary vehicle through which members communicate.  Informal meetings are periodically held and a CE offering is scheduled for members at the KPA annual convention.  The section welcomes new members with clinical or academic interest in forensic psychology to join by selecting the Forensic Psychology Interest Section option on the online KPA member profile.  

Health Psychology Section Representative 
Abbie Beacham, Ph.D. (Term Expires: 12/31/2021)
The Health Psychology Section is for KPA members with an interest in or working in the field of health psychology.  The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for discussion, education, and networking among colleagues with shared interests in health psychology.  Members utilize a listserv for discussion of relevant topics and current events, referral information, and support.  Informal meetings are held periodically for discussion and networking, and a CE offering is scheduled for members at the annual convention.  The sections representative holds a board voting position within KPA.  Current members of the section include practitioners, academic researchers and professors, and students.  The section welcomes new members with an interest in health psychology to join by selecting the Health Psychology Interest Section option via the online KPA member profile.  

Rural Interest Section Representative 
Don Rogers, M.A. (Term Expires: 12/31/2021)

Science and Research Interest Section Representative

The Science and Research Section is for KPA members interested in the world of research. This section seeks to represent the contributions and needs of science and research-focused KPA members, but is open to any interested KPA member. Section members constitute a diverse community of psychologists who may or may not be actively involved in conducting research and includes individuals working in both the private and public sectors (academic and non-academic). The section has a KPA-based listserv that is used for communications among section members. Please feel free to contact the representative if you have any questions about the science and research section or if you would like make a suggestion regarding section activities.

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