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  • August 15, 2017 10:30 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    The events of the past few days in Charlottesville, Virginia have horrified many Americans. We are saddened to witness the hatred and resulting injuries and death to citizens with opposing views regarding the role of ethnic, racial and political diversity in American society. The Utah Psychological Association affirms the rights of all Americans to free speech, but abhors the violence that has occurred by individuals attempting to exercise these rights in a hateful and intimidating manner. Progress in human relations can only occur when people are willing to listen to each other and feel the pain and disenfranchisement that both sides have experienced in their lives. We encourage all sides in this conflict to engage in honest dialogue together with open hearts, which is the only way to heal the divide that is tearing apart our society at the present time.

     Janiece Pompa, Ph.D.


    Utah Psychological Association

  • March 27, 2017 7:58 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Release from APA committee on Early Career Psychologists:

    The APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the achievement award program for early career members from all areas of psychology to attend APA's Annual Convention this year, August 3-6 in Washington, DC.

    At least five award recipients who are within 10 years of their doctoral degree who are members of APA (existing or brand-new) will receive reimbursement of up to $400 in convention-related expenses. This can cover travel, lodging, meals and/or convention registration fees. The program is designed to reduce barriers to early career members’ attendance at Convention and support their ability to make meaningful connections and engage in their own professional development. 

    CECP is pleased to thank the following allies who have made these awards possible:

    • n  National Register of Health Service Psychologists
    • n  APA Membership Office
    • n  APA Office on Early Career Psychologists

    Appy online with your CV and one page statement of interest/achievement by May 2nd at 5pm Eastern at http://www.apa.org/about/awards/early-career-achievement.aspx.

    Questions: earlycareer@apa.org 

  • March 24, 2017 5:10 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    UPA Presidential Address

    The past several months have brought many changes to our country, and many people are becoming more politically aware and active. As I think about all of these changes, and my involvement with UPA, I've also been thinking about UPA's role. Our purpose, according to our bylaws, is as follows:

    The purpose of UPA shall be to advance psychology as a science and as a profession and to promote human welfare by the responsible encouragement of the development of psychology in all its branches in the broadest manner consistent with ethical and scientific standards.

    It shall also be the purpose of UPA to improve the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of education, competence, professional achievement, and professional ethics and conduct; to increase and disseminate psychological knowledge through meetings, reports, papers, discussions, personal contact with colleagues and organized education programs; to make available to the public the knowledge and expertise which scientific inquiry and professional experience has developed in the field of psychology; and to secure for the science and profession of psychology a stable position in the academic and community activities of the State of Utah.

    Advocacy, and our work with both state and national legislators, seems like it may be one of the less visible ways UPA fulfills its purpose. Please know that UPA is actively working to help benefit both psychologists and the people we serve. Each year we send a delegation to the Practice Leadership Conference (formerly the State Leadership Conference) and they learn about issues relevant to psychology and advocate directly with our national congressional representatives. Our Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, and our Legislative Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Greenwell, are also working hard to make sure that your UPA board is aware of and monitoring changes proposed at the state level.

    UPA takes our role as advocates very seriously and has a process in place to help ensure that we are thoughtful and careful in our advocacy efforts. We are committed to making sure our work is based in science and is data-driven. We are also watching the work done by APA, and hope to regularly share such information with you. If you have not yet seen APA's responses to the presidential executive orders you can read them here: http://psyciq.apa.org/apas-responses-executive-actions/.

    Please reach out to UPA if you have questions or concerns. I hope you will look to UPA as a resource. We will keep you updated on our efforts on the UPA listserv and on UPA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UtahPsychologicalAssociation). I also invite you to get involved with UPA. Joining a committee or the UPA Board of Directors is a great way to get a better sense of the work that our organization does on behalf of psychologists. 

    Jamie E. Brass, Psy.D.
    President, UPA

    Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Passes Utah State Legislature; Awaits Governor's Signature

    Psychology took one step closer to the regulated practice of telepsychology and the provision of time-limited in-person psychological services across state boundaries with the passage of SB 106, Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, in the 2017 Utah legislative session. Sponsored by Senator Brian E. Shiozawa, SB 106 (http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/SB0106.html) unanimously passed both the Utah Senate and House, and currently awaits Governor Herbert's signature to become law. Representative Edward H. Redd was the floor sponsor in the Utah House.

    Utah is the second state to pass the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), following Arizona's passage of PSYPACT in May, 2016. Additional states with active legislative efforts include Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.The Compact becomes operational when seven states enact PSYPACT into law. PSYPACT has been endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association, ABPP, APA, APPIC, and The Trust.

    PSYPACT is intended to regulate the day to day practice of the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies. It is also intended to regulate the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology by psychologists across state boundaries for 30 days within a calendar year. The Compact does not apply to permanent in-person, face-to-face practice which will continue to require a psychology license in a given state. Psychologists who wish to practice under PSYPACT will need to obtain the E.Passport Certificate for telepsychology, and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) for temporary in-person, face-to-face practice.

    Additional information regarding PSYPACT can be found at: https://asppb.site-ym.com/mpage/micrositehp.

    Nanci C. Klein, PhD
    Director of Professional Affairs
    Utah Psychological Association

    Lunchtime Learning Series


    Our Lunchtime Learning Webinars are held on the second Monday of the month at 12:00. Approximately half of the webinars will offer one free CEU for those who attend and complete a follow-up quiz with a score of 80%. Specific registration information is available on the UPA website, and you can click on the title of each webinar to go directly to the registration page. We are using a two-step registration process so you will need to register with UPA first, and you will then receive a confirmation email from the UPA website with the link to register through Zoom. This two-step process helps us keep the webinars as a member benefit. 

    March: Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs
    According to the APA (2007), psychology doctoral graduates carry more debt than other doctoral graduates, and in 2005 almost 70% of doctoral graduates had some student debt. Almost 40% of doctoral students owed over $75,000, and a survey of ECPs indicated they have an average debt of over $90,000. Many programs do not provide information on how to manage debt, or what options exist for repaying or forgiving loans. Attend this webinar to learn about loan forgiveness and repayment programs available to psychologists. This webinar does not offer CEU credit.

    April: Sleep

    Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv. 

    May: EPPP Overview

    Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv.


    PA hosts full- and half-day CEU workshops throughout the year. You can register for events at https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/events and UPA will keep you updated about upcoming events on the listserv. A selection of our upcoming events includes:

    • 3/24/17: Moving Through Swamps: Didactic and Experiences in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Cicely Taravella
    • 5/12/17: HIPAA Audits by Dr. Nan Klein
    • 9/29/17: Ethics and Risk Management with the Insurance Trust

    APA Policies & Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

    The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal: Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions. Such acts as waterboarding, sexual humiliation, stress positions and exploitation of phobias are clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy.

    APA President Antonio Puente, PhD, and Interim CEO Cynthia Belar, PhD, ABPP, send letters to President Donald J. Trump and other key federal officials to urge against use of torture or abusive treatment of detainees. Letters include a statement by the Society of Military Psychology (APA Div. 19 - PDF, 94KB) co-signed by 40 of APA's 54 divisions.

    Other letters included:

    Letter to President Donald J. Trump

    Letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis

    Letter to CIA Director Mike Pompeo

    Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • March 24, 2017 5:06 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    From Jamie Brass, PsyD, UPA President:

    Have you taken the EPPP within the past three years? Would you be willing to talk about your experience in studying for the exam with other Early Career Psychologists? UPA's May Lunchtime Learning webinar will be on EPPP preparation and I am looking for a few more panelists. The webinar will take place on May 8 at noon. If you are interested in participating, please contact me backchannel at jamiebrasspsyd@gmail.com.

    With thanks,
    Jamie Brass, PsyD
    UPA President
  • March 24, 2017 5:02 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Utah Foster Care, a previous winner of the Utah Psychology Association Psychologically Healthy Workplace award has been recognized at a national level through APA. Congratulations to Utah Foster Care!

    The press release from APA:


    Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award
    from American Psychological Association

    Salt Lake City UT  March 21, 2017 — In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Utah Foster Care (UFC) will receive the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 23. One of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, the organization won in the not-for-profit category. UFC is a previous winner of the Utah Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award. 

    UFC excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The organization’s open-door policy, employee wellness program, flexible work schedule and family-friendly environment are several examples of the workplace practices that helped it earn a 2017 award.

    UFC’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Three-quarters of UFC’s staff have served the organization for more than four years, and 20 percent have worked there for 15 years or more. 

    The work at UFC can be challenging and demanding, which is one reason the organization values focusing on employee self-care, so they can better care for others. UFC adopted flexible scheduling so employees may work from home, on the road or in a satellite location. They also permit new parents to bring their infants to work. In the case of child care problems, older children can spend the day with their parent. First-year employees can accrue up to five weeks of paid time off.

    Management is quick to send out all-staff congratulatory emails for individual accomplishments such as participation in marathons, business recognition, graduations and clinical licensure, as well as monthly acknowledgment and appreciation of employees’ work anniversaries. 

    “Employees notice when an organization legitimately cares about their well-being and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization and motivated to do their best,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “Organizations like Utah Foster Care recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.”

    APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as government, military and educational institutions.

    More information about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners is available at http://www.apaexcellence.org/media. Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit http://www.apaexcellence.org. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. 


    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
  • January 23, 2017 11:17 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    UPA Members,

    The governing board of UPA, known as the Board of Directors, is moving into an election cycle for a one Member-at-Large position and President-Elect.

    Here is on overview of these open positions.

    Members-at-Large are members of the Board of Directors and are instrumental in the operations of UPA. They approve and monitor the budget, conduct the business of UPA between meetings; carry out the wishes of the Association as expressed by the members at meetings of the Association; appoint committees and approve of committee chairpersons and committee members; and to take such other actions as may be appropriate to further the purposes of the Association. Usually Members-at-Large are members of at least one of the committees as well.

    The President-Elect is a member of the Executive Board, consisting of the President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Election to this post is a 3 year honor in which the elected occupy roles of President-Elect, President, and Past-President, each for one year. The President-Elect also chairs the education committee during the President-Elect year. This means that the President-Elect helps develop UPA CE offerings over the next year.

    Please thoughtfully consider whether you would like to be involved in shaping the professional practice of psychology at the State and National level. I have found my time as President-Elect, President, and Past-President to be quite meaningful and extremely informative. I have also been proud to serve the members of UPA and all Utah Psychologists during my tenure.

    Consider contacting me regarding any interest in nominating yourself for either the Member-at-Large position or for President Elect. The Ballot will be in place by March 1, 2017.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Tom Mullin, PhD
    UPA Past-President, 2016-2017
  • November 10, 2016 2:40 PM | Jamie Brass (Administrator)

    Dear Early Career Psychologists (ECPs),

    I invite you all to attend a virtual social hour on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:45-6:45 pm.

    The intention for this gathering is to:

    1) To create an opportunity to meet our peers across the state and

    2) To create a forum for ECPs to express their needs, desires, concerns and challenges

    In addition to meeting our colleagues and creating connection, I am specifically looking for input and ideas on how UPA can better meet the needs of ECPs and what gaps may currently exist.  We are trying the virtual method in hopes of connecting with a larger group of ECPs, as in-person social gatherings are often limited to those geographically located in the Salt Lake area. 

    Please consider joining! You are welcome to enjoy a beverage, snacks or eat your dinner while we meet if you wish, as this is meant to be casual and fun.  Hope to you on the 30th!

    Below is information for how to register. This is of course free. Ideally, you will join with a computer with video capabilities (you do not need a special microphone), but if that isn’t possible there are instructions for joining via phone lines. 


    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

    When: Nov 30, 2016 6:00 PM (GMT-7:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

     Please register:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Angela Eastvold, PhD

    Early Career Committee Chair
  • November 06, 2016 4:12 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Dr. Nan Klein ran across this article from the APA Practice Organization about important issues related to online reviews. Please take a look.

    Managing Fallout from Online Reviews.pdf

    As a side note, this article is from the APAPO. Consider learning about the work they do to advocate for psychologist. APA Practice Organization

  • October 31, 2016 8:33 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    From Jamie Brass, PsyD, UPA President: On November 14 at noon join UPA's Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Nan Klein, to learn more about the legislative efforts around PSYPACT. This interstate psychology compact will, among other things, allow Utah psychologists to practice telepsychology in other compact states without obtaining another state license. Dr. Klein will provide an overview of PSYPACT and the associated E.Passport, as well as discuss how UPA is supporting legislation to enact PSYPACT in Utah.

    The Lunchtime Learning webinar series is offered for free to UPA members as a member benefit. It is not available to non-members. This event does not offer continuing education units.

    There is a two-step registration process for this webinar. After you register for this event on the UPA website (https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/event-2352637), you will be sent a link to register for the webinar through Zoom. If you do not receive a confirmation from UPA with the webinar link, please contact Teresa Bruce at utahpsych@gmail.com.

    This is a webinar series and registrants are responsible for making sure they meet the system requirements for accessing the webinar through Zoom. Please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-and-Mac to learn more.

  • August 22, 2016 9:53 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    A sampling of news coverage of APA, its publications and members, and psychology 

    For Freshmen, Campus Life Poses New Risks

    The New York Times  - Aug. 17, 2016

    Experts' advice on how parents can help freshmen safely navigate those risky early weeks ...


    A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

    The New York Times - Aug. 16, 2016

    Now several medical organizations have endorsed a treatment known as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or C.B.T.-I. 


    The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar

    The New York Times - Aug. 15, 2016

    In the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia...


    Psychologist on raising human beings

    The Boston Globe – Aug. 18, 2016

    Psychologist Ross Greene's work with behaviorally challenging children led to his first book, "The Explosive Child," which suggested that parents and other ...


    Can curiosity help us make healthier choices?

    Toronto Star - Aug. 14, 2016

    The research on curiosity, which is not yet published, was presented at the American Psychological Association's annual conference this month.


    Psychiatrists Reminded To Refrain From Armchair Analysis Of Public Figures

    NPR  - Aug. 13, 2016

    After a 1964 poll of psychiatrists found almost half considered Barry Goldwater ...


    Zika Might Affect Adult Brains, Too, Study Finds

    NBCNews.com – Aug. 18, 2016

    It will take much more study to know if human beings infected by Zika are at risk, but the report, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, adds another disturbing ...


    Olympics: Why bronze medals winners are happier

    CNN.com  – Aug. 18, 2016

    The bizarre psychology of the bronze medal win. 


    Relax, readers: Audiobooks aren't 'cheating'

    CNN – Aug. 16, 2016

    This question -- whether or not listening to an audiobook is "cheating" -- is one University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham gets fairly often, especially ever since he published a book, in 2015, on the science of reading.


    American Psychological Association. on WWJ-DET (CBS) - Detroit, MI

    WWJ (Detroit) – Aug. 17, 2016

    ... [dramatic musical flourish] according to the American psychological association, the difference between what two concepts is that one is biological and the other is cultural? ...


    How The Heat May Be Impacting Your Mood

    CBS Local - Aug. 14, 2016

    ... during a serious heat wave, inter-group conflicts, interpersonal conflicts," said Dr. Frank Farley, the former president of the American Psychological Association ...


    Mind games - The psychology of Olympic competition

    Huffington Post – Aug. 18, 2016

    The most progressive sport organizations are providing sport psychology support to athletes from an early age, and also providing related education for coaches ...


    We Outsource Our Minds Every Day, And Psychologists Want To Understand The Consequences

    Huffington Post - Aug. 17, 2016

    "The growing interaction between people and technology has really brought interest in the subject to the forefront," said Evan Risko, a cognitive psychologist at ...


    Lessening The Emotional Stress Of Teens: Successfully Managing A Move to a New City

    Huffington Post - Aug. 15, 2016

    According to this study from the  American Psychological Association (APA), stress is "extremely common among teenagers." The proposed remedies, including ...


    Munich study finds children aged 3 keep a tally of who has done them a favor

    Daily Mail - Aug. 14, 2016

    ... that acts of generosity will be reciprocated by the recipient in their social behaviour'. The study was reported in the journal Developmental Psychology.


    The Real Reasons Diversity Programs Don't Work

    Fortune - Aug. 16, 2016

    Nicole Stephens is an associate professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a social and cultural psychologist.


    The New Science of Single People

    New York Magazine - Aug. 16, 2016

    ... of the American Psychological Association in Denver — thinks she knows why: Ever since social science has been interested in the concept of marriage, it has ...


    Mass media shootings: The connection between massacres and TV ratings

    RT - Aug. 15, 2016

    According to psychology researcher Dr. Jennifer Johnston who co-authored a paper titled "Mass Shootings and the Media Contagion Effect," news coverage is ...


    Shut Up About Bernie and Eat Your Vegetables

    Washington Free Beacon - Aug. 14, 2016

    And the annual "Stress in America" survey performed by the  American Psychological Association showed that, despite their best efforts, millennials feel more ...


    You can't protect your kids from stress, but here are ways to teach them to cope

    Chicago Daily Herald - Aug. 14, 2016

    According to the results of the Stress in America Survey released by the  American Psychological Association, teens report higher levels of stress than adults ...


    BYU study: Avoiding awkward situations now may make young adults more withdrawn later

    Daily Herald - Aug. 12, 2016

    His research, published in Developmental Psychology, looked at the use of problematic media, which includes violent video games, gambling and pornography ...


    The Unexpected Signs You're Having A Panic Attack And Don't Even Know It

    SELF – Aug. 18, 2016

    And if you personally suffer from anxiety, you're at an even greater risk of dealing with panic attacks, licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., tells ...


    A Surprising Way to Spark Desire

    WebMD - Aug. 17, 2016

    According to a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, your responsiveness to your partner outside the bedroom can increase their ...


    The Impact of Marriage On Drinking

    PsychCentral.com - Aug. 14, 2016

    ... mechanisms such as a monitoring effect that partners have on each other," she concluded. The study was published in the Journal of Family Psychology.


    Twitter shows promise in rapid assessment of collective traumas' local impact

    Science Daily – Aug. 17, 2016

    ... team's work will be published in the December issue of Psychological Methods, a peer-reviewed academic journal of the  American Psychological Association.


    Why you shouldn't want to always be happy

    ScienceAlert - Aug. 14, 2016

    In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the centre ...


    Kissing up to boss generates positive influence on co-workers

    Financial Express - Aug. 17, 2016

    ... supervisor behaving in a positive manner, the effect of ingratiation became less important. The findings were published in The Journal of Applied Psychology.


    Altruism increases after you cross 45 years: study

    Financial Express - Aug. 16, 2016

    Participants also took detailed psychological assessments of their personality traits. The results showed that for some people neural reward areas were more ...


    Studies Show Veterans Health Care Improving

    The American Prospect - Aug. 16, 2016

    Two independent national groups, the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers, also signed the policy paper.


    Sleep Patterns Can Affect Your Relationship, Study Shows, So Night Owls Beware

    Bustle - Aug. 14, 2016

    In a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, researchers hypothesized that sleep would be a way to replenish the energy needed for this kind of ...


    National Intervention Needed to End Conversion Therapy

    Advocate.com - Aug. 17, 2016

    And in response to a 2007 survey of the research on conversion therapy, the American Psychological Association reported that "such efforts have serious ...


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    Jim Sliwa, Director, Public Affairs
    Audrey Hamilton, Public Affairs Associate
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