“What is designated by payers as evidence-based practice will determine, in large part, what treatment is conducted, what is taught and what is funded,” said APA President Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, addressing the 13th annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 12–15, in San Antonio. “If we do not advocate for our APA definition, others will decide for us.”

The annual meeting is an opportunity for VA psychologists to share best practices and new research and promote leadership opportunities.

Antonette Zeiss, PhD, acting deputy chief patient care services officer for mental health of the Department of Veterans Affairs, focused on future psychology expansion in the Department. Additional VA staff spoke on homelessness, substance use disorders and integration of primary care and mental health in the VA system.

The meeting is sponsored by APA’s Practice Directorate, the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders and Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service).