Committees & Task Forces

MPA is place of connection, protection, and growth for psychologists. MPA committees are an excellent way to get involved and stay active in your professional association. To find out how you can get involved in MPA, feel free to contact the Committee Chair in the area of your interest, or email us at [email protected].




2019 Annual Conference Committee

The Annual Conference Committee meets monthly from May through March to plan MPA’s Annual Conference in April. Members of this committee identify a conference theme; develop the call for proposals; review, select, and schedule conference presenters; and, secure sponsorships. If you are interested in gaining experience planning a conference, join this committee. In addition, this committee seeks those with skill or interest in managing the financial side of event planning.

Mary Stevens
2019 Annual Conference Committee Chair
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Academic Awards Committee

The Academic Awards Committee selects recipients for the Walter D. Mink Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award; the Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology; and, the Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Psychology in Community/Two-year Colleges. All awards are presented at the MPA Annual Convention. If you are interested in reviewing exemplary contributions to student development and the teaching of psychology, consider joining this committee.

Joan Ostrove
Academic Awards Committee Chair
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Disaster Resource Network Committee

The Disaster Resource Network (DRN) works under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which defines a working relationship between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American National Red Cross. Through the DRN, MPA provides an avenue of cooperation between these two entities assisting victims of disaster nationally and internationally. Licensed psychologists with training in disaster mental health are eligible and invited to join the DRN.

Rebecca H. Thomley
Disaster Resource Network Committee Chair
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Diversity Committee

The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to support MPA in its mission to be an organization that values diversity. This includes but is not limited to increasing recruitment, retention, and support of individuals of diverse backgrounds in the field of psychology; developing an advocacy agenda; and, recognizing our elders. All are welcomed to join this committee.

Jessica Gourneau, Ph.D., LP
Diversity Committee Chair
[email protected]


Education & Training Committee

The Education and Training Committee plans and delivers high quality continuing education programs for psychologists, students, and other mental health professionals. The major programs include the First Friday Forums, the Friday Forum Encores, the Distinguished Scholar Lectures, and conferences.

Susan T. Rydell, Ph.D., LP
Education & Training Committee Chair
[email protected]


Electronic Healthcare Records Task Force

The State of Minnesota has passed legislation requiring all medical providers, including mental health providers, to use Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by 1/1/2015. This is a higher expectation than the federal legislation which does not include mental health. The criteria to be included in the records has not yet been identified. This committee will be monitoring the requirements and identifying vendors who will be in compliance for 2015. We will be providing information as it becomes available so we can all be prepared for the 2015 changes.

Trisha Stark, Ph.D., LP
Electronic Healthcare Records Task Force Chair
[email protected]


Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee provides consultation on ethical issues related to psychological practice. The committee consults with MPA members and the greater Minnesota community using the American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethical standards. If you have experience and/or expertise consulting on ethical dilemmas consider joining this committee.

Andrea Zuellig, Ph.D., LP
Ethics Committee Chair
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Health Care Reform Committee

The goal of the committee is to keep MPA members informed and educated about how the ACA and MNsure will affect licensed psychologists and the public in Minnesota. The Chair will work with the MPA governing Board to invite psychologists to share relevant information with their clients and coworkers about MNsure; to invite participation from eligible clients and providers, correct misinformation, and share verified accurate information.

Michael J. Sharland, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP
Health Care Reform Committee Chair
[email protected]


Leadership Development and Nominating Committee

The Leadership Development and Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and developing leaders and volunteers for MPA offices and committees; orienting new leaders in the organization; monitoring appropriate reporting by leaders; facilitating MPA elections; managing MPA Volunteer applications; and, identifying regional and national awards to recognize MPA leaders and members.

Robin McLeod, Ph.D., L.P.
Leadership Development and Nominating Committee Chair
[email protected]


Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee develops the annual legislative agenda for MPA and forwards it to the Governing Council for approval. The committee works closely with MPA’s lobbyist to implement MPA’s legislative agenda and to track legislative activity of interest to MPA, psychology in general, and the psychological and general well-being of Minnesota citizens. If you are interested in working on legislative issues that affect psychologists in Minnesota, this committee may be for you.

Trisha Stark, Ph.D., LP
Legislative Committee Chair
t[email protected]


Membership Committee

Membership is the lifeblood of any professional association. The Membership Committee focuses on creative ways to attract and retain members to MPA. The committee develops strategies to enhance member engagement, networking, services and benefits and engages in marketing efforts to communicate the value of joining MPA. The committee is involved in member surveys and recruitment drives and advises Governing Council about issues impacting membership recruitment and retention. This friendly and energetic committee meets by conference call monthly on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Steven P. Gilbert, Ph.D., ABPP, LP
Membership Committee Chair
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Paterson Award Committee

The Paterson Award Committee selects and presents an outstanding college senior who is planning a career in psychology to receive the Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology at the MPA Annual Convention. The purpose of the $350 award is to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level. If you are interested in reading about the work of outstanding psychology undergraduates, this committee may be for you. For more information about the award see

Bronwyn Neeser
Paterson Award Committee Chair
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Psychology in the Workplace Network Committee

The Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN) is a network of more than 50 psychologists representing state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) and some APA divisions. The PWN works to strategically position psychology in a leadership role within the marketplace by developing strong collaborative relationships with the business and employer community and educating them about the roles and value of psychology in the workplace. One representative is appointed by each SPTA or division. The PWN is overseen by APA’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) and supported by the Practice Directorate’s Marketing and Business Development Department. The network meets at an annual PWN Business Meeting, as well as the APA Convention and uses written and electronic communication to facilitate the network’s activities between meetings. Currently, the network is carrying out its mission through the vehicle of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP), which includes local- and APA-level awards that recognize employers for their efforts to foster employee well-being, while enhancing organizational performance. Fifty-six SPTAs currently have active award programs and more than 450 organizations have been recognized with Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards at the local level.

Jenn Pollard
Psychology in the Workplace Network Committee Chair
[email protected]


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.