Jack Tsai, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Division of Mental Health Services and Treatment Outcomes Research, has been elected President-elect for Division 18 of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Tsai has also been elected to serve as Member-at-Large for Division 56 of the APA.
APA has 54 divisions that function as special interest groups organized by members. According to the APA website, some divisions represent subdisciplines of psychology, while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic minorities, or trauma.
Division 18 is the Psychologists in Public Service section. It responds to the needs of the public in areas like psychological practice, research, training, and policy formation. The division is comprised of five sections that represent community and state hospital psychologists, criminal justice, police and public safety, psychologists in Indian Country, and veterans’ affairs.
Division 56 is the Trauma Psychology section. It provides a forum for scientific research, professional and public education, and the exchange of collegial support for professional activities related to traumatic stress.
Tsai has appointments at Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. He is staff psychologist on the Critical Time Intervention team at the VA Errera Community Care Center in West Haven, where he also serves as Director of Research and Program Evaluation.