Committees

COMMITTEES

Our committees focus on a variety mission-driven projects, led by passionate individuals spanning the career trajectory.

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Bill Haley, Ph.D. (Chair)

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Charissa Hossein, Ph.D. (Chair) (she/her/hers)
General Mental Health Psychologist, Northern California VA Health Care System

Interests: Geropsychology, Veterans health, diversity.
Joy: Playing tennis, enjoying the sun, and trying different types of food.

Diana DiGasbarro, B.A. (Newsletter Co-Editor)
3rd year Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville

Interests: Bridging positive psychology with assessment and treatment for people with dementia.

Danielle McDuffie, M.A. (Newsletter Co-Editor) (she/her/hers)
5th year Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Geropsychology, University of Alabama

Interests: Minority aging (specifically Black/African American older adults), grief, bereavement, religion, spirituality, Positive Psychology, racial trauma.
Joy: Spongebob (my not-so-guilty stress-relief pleasure), brunch, weekly FaceTimes with my immediate family back in NJ, art museums, and all things beautiful (botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, etc).

Jennifer Ho, Psy.D. (Website Coordinator)
Clinical Psychologist, Home Based Primary Care, VA Palo Alto

Taylor Loskot, B.A. (Social Media Coordinator)
Research Assistant, VA National Center for PTSD, Incoming Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University in Oregon

Interests: Ageism, suicidal ideation and risk assessment, and social connectedness in late life.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Mission: The Diversity Committee aims to create a community of diverse geropsychologists to address topics pertinent to the geriatric population using a multicultural lens and to ensure that diversity consideration is included in all areas relevant to the Society of Clinical Geropsychology. We strive to promote an increased awareness and education for psychologists in all levels of career and training through various opportunities and approaches. We additionally encourage collaborations with other organizations including Division 20, diversity committee for Society of Clinical Psychology, and other national and international organizations.

Past Newsletter Columns

Spring 2020 Column: International Perspectives of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Summer 2020 Column: Older Adults and COVID-19

Collaborators

Division on Adult Development and Aging (Div 20)
Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Div 44)

Flora Ma, Ph.D. (Chair)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geropsychology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health

Ana Jessica Alfaro, Psy.D.
Advanced Geriatric Research Fellow, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Palo Alto VA

Kate LM Hinrichs, Ph.D., ABPP (she/her)
Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System;
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Interests: Intersection of Mental Health and Palliative Care, LGBTQ+ Aging issues, social justice, violence prevention.

Shane Lin

Taylor Loskot, B.A.
Research Assistant, VA National Center for PTSD;
Incoming Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University in Oregon

Interests: Ageism, suicidal ideation and risk assessment, and social connectedness in late life.

Timothy Ly

LIFELONG LEARNING COMMITTEE

Jessica Strong, Ph.D., ABPP (Chair) (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island

Julia T. Boyle, Psy.D.(she/her/hers)
Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, VA Boston Healthcare System;
Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics (Aug 2021), VA New England GRECC

Interests: Sleep, Insomnia, and Aging.

Erin Emery-Tiburcio, Ph.D., ABPP (she/her)
Associate Professor of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Psychology – Geriatric Medicine; Co-Director of the Rush Center for Excellence in Aging; Rush University

Andrea June, Ph.D. (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Science; Co-chair, Gerontology Minor; Central Connecticut State University

MENTORING COMMITTEE

The SCG Mentoring Committee recognizes that mentorship takes many forms. Our committee is dedicated to serving the needs of mentors and mentees at all stages in their training and career. We strive to affect meaningful change in the present and future of our field by:

  • Reducing barriers to access through education and advocacy 
  • Facilitating connections between mentors/mentees
  • Providing resources to increase the effectiveness of both mentors and mentees
  • Empowering mentors and mentees to effectively navigate ruptures and challenges
  • Acting with speed and agility to address the ever-evolving needs of Geropsychology mentors and mentees

We  are always looking for  passionate individuals to serve on our committee or as mentors. If you or someone you know has an interest in mentorship and would like to meaningfully contribute to the growth of our field on a national level or have interest in collaborating with the mentoring committee, please reach out to our committee chair, Ira Yenko (irayenko@gmail.com).

Ira Yenko, Psy.D. (Chair) (he/him)
Clinical Psychologist, Northwell Health

Interests: Healthy aging and physical activity, therapy at end of life, suicide and suicidal behavior in older adults, and the influence of culture and acculturation in therapy.
Joy: Working with his hands (e.g. wood working, shoe restoration), listening to jazz and punk rock, cooking, and trail running.

Stephanie Liu, M.P.H.
2nd year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

Interests: Attitudes towards dementia and resilience in older adults, psychological and public health research.
Joy: Improving her Spanish, gardening, going on long walks, and all things Jane Austen.

Angel (Wing Jin) Mak, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Manhattan VA Medical Center.

Interests: Suicide in later life, disparities in mental health service use among racial and ethnic minority groups.
Joy: Discover new snacks, play with her three cats, spend time with her niece and nephews, and go on hikes.

Cecilia Poon, Ph.D., ABPP (she/her)
Staff Psychologist &
Internship Training Director, Psychology Department
Nebraska Medicine

Interests: Geropsychology theory, practice, training, and advocacy.
Joy: Creative arts, theatre, food, languages.

Heather Smith, PhD, ABPP
Lead Psychologist, Milwaukee VA Medical Center
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Interests: Psychology training and supervision, neurocognitive disorders, decision-making capacity assessments, organizational development, and palliative care.
Joy: Watching her 4 children’s sporting events, running, practicing yoga, and traveling.

Stacy Yun, M.A. (she/hers)
5th-year Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology (Geropsychology), University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Interests: Dementia-related anxiety, caregiving, aging and mental health disparities, and minority aging
Joy: Cooking, watching movies and documentaries, and pilates

SCIENCE & PRACTICE COMMITTEE

Mission: The Committee on Science and Practice aims to support the mission of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology (SCG) by (a) evaluating and commenting on the scientific basis of proposed psychological assessment and treatment guidelines (i.e., by APA or other professional organizations) as relevant to clinical geropsychology practice and (b) informing 12/II membership about committee recommendations.  The committee’s work is guided by a commitment to enhance clinical science, training, practice, and public health policies to meet the behavioral health needs of older adults.  

Ann Steffen, Ph.D., ABPP (Chair) (she/her/hers)
Professor, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Interests:  Dissemination & Implementation, Professional training.

Annika Goldman, M.A. (she/her/hers)
Doctoral Candidate, Miami University, SCOUT Lab

Jay Gregg, Ph.D. 
Durham VA Health Care System, Dept. of Medicine-Geriatrics, Duke University

Michele Karel, Ph.D., ABPP
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ron Smith, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Providence VA Medical Center 

Julie Wetherell, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychiatry, University of California San Diego