Nancy Pachana, PhD (Chair) is Professor of Clinical Geropsychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include late-life anxiety, driving and dementia, and healthy aging. Nancy’s main hobbies are bird-watching and gardening; she has 3 cats and 3 cockatiels that help keep her sane.
Jennifer Birdsall, PhD is the Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Services, a nationwide organization serving patients in long-term care facilities. She completed her geropsychology internship and fellowship at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System and is passionate about person centered patient care. When she is not working she is playing with her hilarious and spunky 3 year-old and 1-year old daughters.
Cecilia Poon, PhD is a staff psychologist at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is interested in various aspects of geropsychology, including theory, practice, training, and advocacy. In her spare time, Cecilia likes to bring people of all ages, abilities, and cultures together through different forms of creative arts, especially food and theatre.
Heather Smith, PhD, ABPP is the Lead Psychologist at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her interests include psychology training and supervision, neurocognitive disorders, decision-making capacity assessment, organizational development, and palliative care. In her spare time, Heather enjoys watching her 4 children’s sporting events, running, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Rachael Spalding, BA is a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at West Virginia University. Her research interests include end-of-life decision-making, consent capacity issues, and late-life sexuality. She aspires to practice as a clinical geropsychologist in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, reading fiction and true-crime novels, and cooking.
Ira Yenko, PhD is the current Clinical Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at VA Palo Alto. His research and clinical interests include 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. Ira enjoys working with his hands (e.g. wood working, shoe restoration), listening to jazz and punk rock, cooking, and trail running.
Stacy Yun, MA is a fourth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology (geropsychology track) doctoral program at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her research interests include dementia-related anxiety, caregiving, and aging and mental health disparities. She aspires to become an academic in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies and documentaries, and pilates.