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Join an IPA Committee

Service on committees is a great way for members to be creative, create relationships, build skills and ensure the health of IPA .   Some committees do not require a lot of time involvement while others may require weekly or monthly activities.  We seek diversity on all our committees.


Federal Advocacy - Pending Appointment

State Advocacy - Paul Ascheman

Members interested should contact the above folks and they can tell you how you can be involved.  Advocacy is very important, and we have two professional lobbyists.  We meet with legislators in February for breakfast- watch the listserv for announcements of the next one. 

Conferences - Molly Nikolas

Committees are set up for each conference.  The committee makes decisions about speakers, announcements, refreshments, etc.

Diversity and Social Justice - Joyce Goins and Noemi Ford

The Diversity and Social Justice committee promotes awareness of and advocates for diversity and social justice through all aspects of IPA. This includes identifying and developing diversity initiatives that support the growth of the organization and serve the needs of the public, creating a more welcoming environment for psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals that identify as ethnic minorities, and/or are from marginalized populations, and promoting human values of equality and justice, decreasing the gap in mental health disparities in the state of Iowa by increasing psychologists’ cultural competence via educational opportunities. For more information click here.

Early Career Psychologist - Kayla Davidson

This committee works to enhance the development of ECP’s by emphasizing support for relationship building, support for professional development, and fostering their voice for leadership in IPA.  Members participate in quarterly meetings and volunteering to assist with other events/functions as needed.

Ethics - Summer Brunscheen

This committee provides information, advice, and education on matters of professional ethics to members of IPA. The committee is also concerned about professional ethical conduct of persons who are not members and when questions of professional ethical conduct arise, it may provide information and consultation to appropriate agencies and organizations. The student representative would collaborate with the Ethics Committee to consider and respond to professional ethics questions submitted by IPA members. Our committee also plans for two ethics related presentations for Spring Conference each year. 

Finance - Benge Tallman

The finance committee provides oversight and assessment of the financial health of IPA to Executive Council. The finance committee, in consultation with the treasurer, also makes recommendations to the Executive Council for changes in budget, accounting procedures, and expenditures.  Meets monthly by Zoom through mutual agreement for dates on a week night evening. Finance committee members spend roughly 1-2 hours per month on committee activities.

Membership Committee - Suzanne Zilber

This committee focuses on recruiting, approving, and retaining members of IPA.  Our motto is “Inviting You In,  Keeping Us Connected.”  Time commitment for members averages about 1 hour a week, or more if you take on a project such as writing an article.  Committee members are encourage to attend conferences to maintain an active presence in person for relationship building activities.  This committee  meets by Zoom  on Thursdays once a month 7:30-8:45 PM. 

Professional Issues Committee - Pending New Appointment

This committee addresses issues critical to the practice of professional psychology, including matters pertaining to scope of practice and insurance. The chair also organizes the Annual Student Poster Session and awards at the IPA spring conference. The student representative collaborates with the chair to fulfill these duties.

Psychopharmacology - Elizabeth Lonning

This committee is interested in exploring ways to educate Iowa psychologists about pharmacological issues to make them better clinicians when working with patients. This committee is interested in educating IPA members about psychologists' movement to gain prescription privileges and studying the process that Louisiana and New Mexico have gone through in securing these privileges. The focus of this committee continues to include talking with IPA members to monitor local interest on the issue, as well.

Public Education - Amanda Johnson

This committee strives to raise public awareness of the benefits of psychological intervention, remove information gaps that inhibit access to appropriate care and treatment, and provide public information needed to access mental health services. The committee members collaborate with APA in promotion of psychology to the public through media, advertising, and community outreach programs.

The Iowa Psychologist:  Stewart Ehly  stewart-ehly@uiowa.edu

Quarterly Newsletter- The newsletter posts information on psychology in Iowa. Members can submit articles any time.  The newsletter committee is open to any member.  Work load typically is an hour per month.

Website - Molly Nikolas

The purpose of the IPA website is to enhance communication by providing access to timely, accurate and useful information about IPA activities. The website provides electronic access to forms and documents, including agendas, minutes, budgets and reports; news; events and meeting schedules. Other information may also be included, provided it is for the benefit of IPA members.

The Iowa Psychological Foundation is a sister organization of IPA, and has its own board of directors that you can join. 

President:   Jim Thorpe, Ph.D  jimthorpe@cieankeny.com

Our Mission

The mission of the Iowa Psychological Foundation is to cultivate public understanding of the crucial role psychology plays in strengthening the health, productivity and happiness of all Iowans. In addition, IPF encourages and supports psychology students, educators and practitioners in their efforts to improve their skills, conduct research and educate their communities about the power of psychology to improve lives.

Our Promise to Iowa

The Iowa Psychological Foundation is a caretaker and navigational force established to promote psychological resources in Iowa. We seek out unrecognized or under-utilized resources, link the program providers with others who have similar goals or target audiences, and ensure that resources are made available to the people of Iowa. In short, we pull together the best of what is available in order to offer more.

Our Objectives

A changing world demands flexibility in the services offered to meet challenges as they are presented. As stewards of Iowa psychology, the Foundation will capitalize on existing knowledge and coordinate efforts to unite resources and people. Among the Foundation’s most pressing objectives are to

  • support the teaching of psychology,
  • foster the training and education of psychologists,
  • promote healthier lifestyles for citizens of Iowa,
  • strengthen and nurture families,
  • improve the quality of life for all Iowans, including those who are specially challenged,
  • encourage use of psychological knowledge in public service, public policy, and advocacy, and
  • enhance the work place in terms of safety, productivity, and satisfaction.

Our Target Audience

The Foundation supports the psychological well being of all Iowans; this includes

  • psychologists in practice seeking out resources to enhance their knowledge base and effectiveness,
  • academicians who train future psychologists and conduct meaningful research,
  • business executives who are concerned about productivity and the wise use of human resources, and
  • families and individuals who struggle in today’s exceedingly complex society.
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