Prescription Privileges

Exploring the future of prescription authority for psychologists.

Recognize Barriers and Shatter Them

Pat DeLeon (former APA President) July 2016 Post The Extraordinary Vision of Give an Hour This Summer several USUHS nursing colleagues and I had the opportunity to attend a special Give an Hour symposium titled Veteran Wellbeing: Bridging the Divide, held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Among the presenters were Dr. David…

Interdisciplinary Collaboration – Growing Enthusiasm

INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION – GROWING ENTHUSIASM Pat DeLeon (former APA President) Column, June 2016 One of the major foundations, and thus challenges, of President Obama’s landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving our nation’s health care delivery system towards embracing interdisciplinary (i.e., interprofessional) collaboration and training. In addressing our health policy class at…

All You Need Is Love

“All You Need Is Love” Pat DeLeon (former APA President) Column, June 2016 I received a most thoughtful invitation from the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) to participate in their 19th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, May 31-June 3, 2016, as they honored their longtime colleague Kathy McNamara who will soon…

The Beat Goes On

Pat DeLeon (former APA President) Column, May 2016 Slow But Steady Progress At The State Level The 1992 APA Task Force Report for the Council of Representatives, chaired by Michael Smyer, concluded that: “Practitioners with combined training in psychopharmacology and psychosocial treatments can reasonably be viewed as a new form of health care professional, expected to…

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land

Pat DeLeon (former APA President) Column, March 2016 As the Administration and the private sector steadily implement provisions of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), its population-oriented public health perspective will, over time, significantly impact our nation’s health care practitioners of all disciplines. At our Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) health policy…

Reflections from the Past, or Perhaps the Future?

Former APA President Reflects on the Past and Future of Psychology Pat Deleon, PhD, Former APA President For nearly four decades, I had the honor of serving on the staff of the late-U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, retiring in the fall of 2011 as his chief of staff. During that time, I was actively involved within…