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  • March 17, 2019 3:51 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    The Kayenta Arts Foundation announced has appointment Dr. Jane Blackwell as the chair of their board of directors. Congratulations to Dr. Blackwell! Read the announcement through the Independent

  • March 17, 2019 3:02 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars for May 17, 2019 for the annual Trust Risk management workshop. Details of this offering is pending.

  • September 15, 2018 11:39 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Critical Issues Facing Children & Adolescents 22nd Annual Conference

    OCTOBER 25 & 26, 2018 Hilton Salt Lake City Center 255 South West Temple Salt Lake City, Utah

    Registration: http://www.esimgt.org Registration Code "C22"



    An annual publication & program proudly offered by: The University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in partnership with Willow Springs Center, Youth Care & other caring organizations

    Who Should Attend:
    Whether you work with adults encompassed in family issues or with youth, this program is for you.  

    Challenge yourself!   This program is designed to further the knowledge and increase the tools and competencies of new providers as well as those with years of clinical experience and the sessions will be rated accordingly. The entire program is relevant to professional standards of care, licensing requirements and continuing ed. needs of professionals in:

    • Behavioral Analysis
    • Counseling
    • Education
    • Emergency Response
    • Family Life Education
    • Family Practice
    • Health Education
    • Judicial/Corrections
    • Marriage & Family Therapy
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Paramedical Fields
    • Pediatrics
    • Primary Care
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Substance Abuse Treatment
    • Other Health & Mental Health Profession
  • August 18, 2018 1:57 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Hello Utah Psychologists,

    Tired of sitting in your chair all week? Why not get up and join the UPA Early Career Psychologist Committee (ECP) on a hike.  The ECP would like to invite UPA members to a social event to meet other psychologists in the area. On Saturday, September, 8th we will be hosting a hike at the Living Room Lookout Trail.  We will meet at the trail head located on the corner of Connor Road and Huntsman Way.  This hike is about 2-3 miles in total and rated as moderate.  Further information can be found at https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7017456/the-living-room-trail.  We will plan to meet at the trail head around 9am. If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact me at Keith@MNeuropsych.com or 385-831-1191.  Hope to see you there. 

    Thank you,

    Keith D. McGoldrick, Ph.D.
    Early Career Psychologist Chair
    Utah Psychological Association

  • July 26, 2018 6:51 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    By: Megan Glasmann, M.Ed. and Janiece Pompa, Ph.D.
    In the United States, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions annually occur across all age groups, with still more occurring outside of the sports arena (Langlois et al., 2005). Among children and adolescents, close to 175,000 sports- and recreationally-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, were treated annually, as reported in 2011 by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC (Gilchrist et al., 2011). Since then, this incidence has increased by an estimated 15% each year (Lincoln et al., 2011), with a 60% increase in the number of concussions diagnosed across all age groups between 2007-2014 (Zhang, Sing, Rugg, Feeley, & Senter, 2016). Individuals aged 10-19 years accounted for 32% of diagnosed concussions in this seven-year time period, with the highest incidence of concussion (1.65%) among individuals aged 15-19 years (Zhang et al., 2016). Although efforts have been made to research the management of concussion, little to no evidence exists at present to guide the rehabilitation of children under the age of 12 who sustain concussion injuries. Currently, practitioners and researchers are advised to use the same principles of adult concussion management for children and adolescents, and to maintain these principles when treating patients with concussion or head injury caused by mechanisms other than sport- or recreation-related trauma (Meehan & O'Brien, 2017).
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  • July 26, 2018 6:46 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Teresa Bruce of the Utah Psychological Association (UPA)

    By Hannah Calkins

    State Beat executive profile: 

    Meet the executive director of the UPA who's done many impressive things in her 14-year position.

    In her previous role, before she became the executive director of the Utah Psychological Association (UPA) in 2004, Teresa Bruce was often sought after by colleagues who wanted to decompress, process or just talk.  Inspired by this, and ready for a change, she began working toward a degree in social work. She continued her schoolwork after starting at UPA, but soon left the program to focus on her role at the association. Now, almost 14 years later, Bruce says that serving as executive director is hugely rewarding - different than a career in social work might have been, perhaps, but still a great fit for her personally and professionally.

    "This job is a labor of love," she said. "I have the utmost respect and admiration for psychology and psychologists. I see the good work these professionals do, and I want to do all I can to support them."  The feeling is deeply, personally mutual, according to those who work with Bruce.  Cheri Reynolds, PhD, a former president of UPA and longtime board member, hired Bruce almost immediately after meeting her in 2004. "Teresa is our ambassador - everyone loves and admires her," Reynolds said.
    "Teresa is high-energy, creative and a great problem solver," said Michael Ranney, executive director of the Ohio Psychological Association, who serves with Bruce on the Council of Executives of State, Provincial (and Territorial) Psychological Associations. "She's also supportive and genuine - the first of us to welcome new executive directors, and the first to congratulate those who move on to new opportunities."  Bruce exudes warmth, enthusiasm and competence - the efficacious combination that compelled her former colleagues' confidences, drew her to social work and now makes her, in Reynolds' words, UPA's "revered and loved" executive director.

    "My priority has always been to make sure that UPA has a strong future," Bruce said.
    Her track record on that point goes back to the beginning of her tenure at UPA. When she was hired, the association's finances were bleak. But Bruce got things back on track by modernizing UPA's bookkeeping system, galvanizing member recruitment and participation, and convincing the UPA board to forgo its expensive office space in downtown Salt Lake City. Her efforts were so successful that she eliminated UPA's dependence on grants from the Practice Organization's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, which many state associations rely on to stay afloat.

    This is her proudest accomplishment at UPA so far, she said.  Since then, with the help of volunteers, she has worked to sustain UPA's small but robust membership of just under 300 members. In this regard, Reynolds says that Bruce's business skills are aided by her natural sense of compassion.  "Many times, I've seen her support members who face difficult health, professional or financial problems which threaten their ability to participate or pay membership fees. She works out solutions for every situation, all the while recognizing each person's worth," Reynolds said.

    For Bruce, knowing many members personally and feeling closely connected to them is the one big advantage of running a smaller association.  "We're a close-knit group," she said. "Our members aren't just names to me - and that's a great feeling."

  • July 26, 2018 6:35 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Welcoming New Board Members and Membership Renewal

    The Membership Drive is in Full Swing

    UPA's ability to protect and enhance psychology education, science and practice is dictated by budget, and the costs of these efforts need to be shared by all psychologists benefitting from such efforts.  We hope you will support your professional organization. Any increased financial support directly allows UPA to expand its involvement in all relevant areas.  Your dues will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our advocacy efforts.  Again, we thank you for being a member of UPA and sharing the responsibility of maintaining the one state association that does so much for our profession. 
    Complete your 2018 membership by visiting http://www.utpsych.org or call Teresa Bruce at (801)410-0337.
    For your convenience the membership category descriptions and associated fees are included below. 
    Membership Category Descriptions:

    Student Member $40: Students shall be persons who are in undergraduate or graduate programs in psychology, or working toward a professional degree in psychology in a school of recognized standing.
    Emeritus Retired $74: Members who are 65 years or older and no longer engage in the practice of psychology for remuneration, but may  be providing voluntary psychological services without pay. If no longer licensed, they have previously met all requirements for licensure and have voluntarily relinquished such licensure.
    Emeritus Practitioner Member $150: Members over 65 providing psychological services for a fee.
    Non-Licensed New Graduate/Psychology Resident Member $115: Members who are (0-2 years) post graduation and/or are practicing as psychology residents.
    Academician/Research Special Assessment $178 : Members who engage in full-time teaching and/or research related to psychology and who provide psychological services for a fee. 
    Academician/Researcher $150:  Members engaging in full-time teaching and/or research related to psychology.
    Practitioner $236: Members providing psychological services for a fee.
    Sustaining Member $294: Members who are in good standing whose dues reflect their exceptional commitment to UPA.

    Hello! From Some of The 2018 UPA Board

    Member At Large:

    Katie Fortenberry PhD: is serving UPA in her second term as Member-At-Large. As an elected member of the board, she assists multiple committees as needs arise including the Education Committee and the Membership Committee. She is happy to work with psychologists across the state to help identify ways that UPA can continue to serve our community.

    Treasurer and COR Representative:

    Cathie R. Fox, PhD: is currently serving as Treasurer and UPA representative to the COR.  As Treasurer, she is responsible for overseeing the funds of UPA.  Cathie chairs the finance committee and develops a budget proposal for the full Board to approve prior to each fiscal year.
    As the UPA representative to the Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association (COR).  The COR is the legislative body of APA and is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the funds of the organization.  As a voting member, she attends two COR meetings per year and acts as the liaison between all Utah members of APA.

    Early Career Psychology Committee:

    Keith D. McGoldrick, PhD: is the Chair of the Early Career Psychology Committee (ECP). The ECP holds several events to help ECPs and others network and get to know each other. In addition, they will hold a series of lunch webinars to provide training in setting up and running a private practice as well as other trainings (details will be posted on the listserv). In addition, they continue our annual mentor-mentee match in December.

    Insurance Committee:

    Amanda Rapacz, PsyD: Is the Insurance Committee Chair and Member at Large. The objective of the insurance committee is to monitor changes and purposed changes made by insurance companies and other reimbursement programs that directly impact psychologists and update members accordingly.

    Legislative Committee:

    Ashley Greenwell, PhD: has served as the legislative chair for the UPA since 2017. Each year important legislation that stands to impact us as psychologists and those we serve is introduced during the Utah session. Our Committee tracks new bills, meets with lawmakers, and coordinates with related mental health disciplines to promote legislation that supports the work of psychologists.

    RxP Committee:

    R. Brock Frost, PhD: is a board certified neuropsychologist who completed post-doctoral training in psychopharmacology through Fairleigh Dickinson University, one of four APA designated psychopharmacology programs. Dr. Frost is the current RxP committee chair at UPA. Dr. Frost's agenda includes populating the committee with additional members interested in RxP in order to reinitiate the discussion about RxP in Utah. Future goals include laying the groundwork to put UPA in a position to move this practice issue forward.

    Student Representative:

    Magenta Silberman: is the 2018 Student Representative, along with Christina Omlie as the Student Representative-Elect! Magenta is a third-year graduate student in the school psychology doctoral program at the University of Utah.  The objective of the student committee this year is to provide greater support for students studying psychology and related fields and begin to develop a partnership between students and communities who need support. Some events the student committee plans to host this year includes: a professional panel with practicing psychologists in Utah, volunteering with local organizations, and social events.

  • June 23, 2018 2:56 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Dr. Valerie Hale, UPA President Elect
    Teresa Bruce, UPA Executive Director

    On May 11, 2018, UPA held it’s annual meeting at the Cottonwood Country Club.  The venue was beautiful, the food delicious!  Thank you to all who joined us to thank our volunteers who work with such dedication to keep UPA a viable organization. 

    The attached are photos of our outgoing board members who were recognized for their contributions.  We do not have a photo of Dr. Emma Mansour who was unable to be with us.


    We would like to thank:

    Dr. Janiece Pompa (past president beginning July 1, 2018), Dr. Katie Fortenberry, Dr. Kirt Cundick, Dr. Emma Mansour and Diana Askings. And a thank you to Dr. Jamie Brass who will fully retire (for now!) from UPA after having served as ECP chair, President Elect, President and Past President.  Their volunteer efforts contributed greatly to our past years’ success.

    Welcome to our newly elected: Dr. Valerie Hale  will be assuming the role of President on July 1, 2018. Dr. Kirt Cundick is new our President Elect and will chair education for the fiscal year June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Dr. Fortenberry will return for another term as Member at Large, and Dr. Amanda Rapacz is a new Member at Large. Dr. Emma Mansour will continue as a committee chair of Membership.

    Below are committee reports (summarized) for the benefit of those who could not attend:


    UPA finances are in good shape; thanks to our capable treasurer, Cathie Fox, Ph.D. and a very conscientious board.  We as an organization have worked hard to increase revenue, and minimize expenses where we can. We do have some fixed expenses that keep the doors of UPA open;  salaries, insurance, our website has a cost; but overall, we run the operation on a very tight budget. Because of the strong financial oversight, UPA will not be raising dues or workshop fees for another year. This will be our 3rd year without any increases. If we continue to draw new members and attendance at our CE events, this trend could possibly continue.

    UPA Legislative Committee: 

    Both UPA members and our board stepped up this year to influence important bills impacting psychologists and the people we serve. These laws related to our licensure requirements, evaluator scope of practice, and state allocation of resources impacting our most vulnerable individuals. Special thanks to Nan Klein and Amanda Rapacz for their above and beyond work this year in their advocacy around forensic evaluations.  

    From the FAC

    As we have done for the last 25-30 years, a delegation of psychologists from Utah went to Washington DC to meet with our members of Congress. This year, The UPA  delegation consisted of director of professional affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, Federal advocacy coordinator Dr. Chris Wehl,

    We met with the offices of Senator‘s Orin Hatch and Mike Lee, and representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Mia love, and John Curtis.

    We urged our members to cosponsor the Medicare mental health access act, a bipartisan bill that would allow psychologist to provide Medicare services without unnecessary physician supervision, by adding psychologist to the Medicare physician definition.

    We also asked our Members to protect Medicaid from tinkering, as it is the primary source of coverage for American’s mental health and substance abuse treatment. 

    We also informed several members of upcoming 35% rate cuts for Tricare  providers and the Implications for availability of mental health services if that Cut takes place. 


    UPA is slowly gaining members… We have increased from 278 members last year to 307 this year!.  We have over 1000 licensed psychologists in the state.  So please, encourage your colleagues who are not members to join.  Non members benefit from the work that UPA does on behalf of the profession FOR the professionals.  Imagine what clout we would have if our numbers were much larger?  So please, be an ambassador for UPA!

    Student Committee:

    The student membership is at it’s highest levels in many years.  This group has actively promoted student membership in UPA through social and educational events.  This year, UPA was fortunate to have funds to award a Bruce Parson memorial scholarship.  We will announce the recipient of that award a bit later.

  • October 31, 2017 10:00 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)


    Mark your calendar and join UPA and your colleagues for these CE events!

    January 26, 2018: RxP Update by Dr. Morgan Sammons

    February 23, 2018: Cross Cultural Mental Healthcare of Non-Binary and Transgender Adults by Dr. Jordan Rullo

    March 23, 2018: Don’t Write That Letter…Divorce/Custody Issues by Dr. Valerie Hale

    May 4, 2018 – Ethics by Dr. Michael Donner (back by popular demand!). Remember, 2018 is license renewal year. 

    AS MORE INFORMATION (location, course objectives) become available, we will send out updates.  UNTIL THEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

  • October 16, 2017 11:24 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    A commonly asked question on the UPA forum is about where providers can refer patients for DBT. Please let us know about the community offerings through this forum.
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