Committees and Special Interest Groups

Formal Committees

Ad-hoc Legal (JD Ph.D.)

This committee responds to inquiries from the Executive Committee and Council about the intersections between law and psychology.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board supports of the WSPA Board of Trustees and at its behest. Among its functions is providing support to the WSPA Board of Trustees by serving the Board as a resource for feedback on association issues and decisions, by assisting the Board to accomplish tasks that may require more hours than a small Board may be able to handle, by providing a leadership pipeline for future Trustees, and to provide breadth and depth of perspective to issues that face the Board. Additionally, the Advisory Board may function by serving in a liaison capacity between WSPA association members and the Board allowing for effective membership input to the Board about association programming, community service and impact on the membership from the Board’s decisions.

CE Application Approval

The CE Committee is responsible for the evaluation of proposed continuing education offerings to ensure quality and adherence to APA standards for approval of continuing education credits.

Disaster Response

The Disaster Response Task Force coordinates the Disaster Response information, training, and response between local chapters of the Red Cross and APA member psychologists, WSPA member psychologists, and interested or qualified psychologists. The Task Force also coordinates Disaster Mental Health training with American Red Cross chapters.

Update July 2018: APA is currently redefining the Disaster Response Task Force for state associations. 

Early Career Psychologists

The Early Career Psychologists (ECP) committee developes networking opportunities, career and growth programming for psychologists in their first 10 year of licensure. 

Federal Advocacy

The Federal Advocacy Network operates in conjunction with APA’s Practice Directorate to respond to emergent and on-going legislative concerns for psychologists at the Federal level.

Legislative Advocacy 

The Legislative Advocacy Committee works in collaboration with the DPA, Lobbyist, UP-PAC, Grassroots Advocates, and the WSPA Board of Trustees to monitor and influence any legislation affecting: the practice of psychology, consumers of psychological services, or social polies of where there is relevant psychological research.  It's also the LAC's goal to educate, inform, and alert members on legislation which has potential effects on psychological training, practice, or research endeavors.


The Grassroots Committee works hand-in-hand with the Director of Professional Affairs, the Legislative Consultant, the Practice Directorate at APA, and other groups within WSPA to develop and implement state legislative initiatives on behalf of psychology.


The purpose of the Ombuds Committee is to promote respectful, harmonious, fair, just, and productive relationships among all WSPA members. The focus of the OC efforts is on internal WSPA concerns. 

Special Interest Groups

Palliative and End of Life

The mission of the WSPA Palliative and End of Life Care Special Interest Group is to explore, enhance and promote contributions psychologists can make to Palliative and EOL issues; and to encourage and support psychologists working in areas related to end-of-life issues. 

APA Representatives

APA Council Rep

Marta Miranda, Psy.D. was elected in 2018 to serve a 2nd two-year term. A new council rep will be elected in 2020.

ECP Delegate

Julia Mackaronis, Ph.D. was selected as a ECP Delegate to the 2019 Practice Leadership Conference.

Diversity Delegate

Claudette "Claudia" Antuña, Psy.D. was selected as a Diversity Delegate to the 2017 Practice Leadership Conference.

Federal Advocacy

The Federal Advocacy Network operates in conjunction with APA’s Practice Directorate to respond to emergent and on-going legislative concerns for psychologists at the Federal level.

Contact: David Wiesner, Ph.D., Chair
(919) 247-5185 -

Public Education

PEC seeks to promote psychology to the public and develop new avenues to educate the public about the advantages of using a psychologist for their mental health needs.

Nancy Goldov, Psy.D. Co-Chair, Bill Thorbecke, Ph.D. Co-Chair

Contact: or

Board Committees

Board committees are filled by Trusttees and staff. Updates from Board Committees are given at each board meeting. These committees are top level committees formed to keep the assocation on track to meet the goals set by the Trustees. Committee members of are current and past board members.



CE Planning

Convention Planning

Closely Affiliated Psychological Organizations

WSPA is closely affiliated with these two independent non-profit organizations. Both organizations have their own board of directors, charters and by-laws.

Washington State Psychological Foundation (WSPF)

WSPF seeks to empower vulnerable populations through connection to resources, community building, and creation of partnerships with psychology. Through education, WSPF further seeks to change public policies. Through integration with other shared-value disciplines, Washington psychologists will make long-term effects on the health and well-being of our local communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(6) non-profit charitable organization.

United Psychologists Political Action Committee

UP-PAC is the political action committee for psychology in Washington State. UP-PAC does its own fundraising and provides donations to state campaigns for Senate and House of Representatives that support mental health legislation. The PAC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.