PLTC Committees

PLTC maintains several ongoing committees through which much of our business is conducted. If you would like to join, or would like additional information about any of the committees, please email the contact person shown below. Click on a committee title to view the committee's mission statement.

Lindsay Gerolimatos, Ph.D., Chair
Pat Bach R.N. Psy.D., Chair
Pat Bach R.N. Psy.D., Chair
Craig Schweon, Ph.D., NCC, Chair
Lisa Lind, Ph.D., Chair
Cecilia Poon, Ph.D., Chair


PLTC has other current ad-hoc and task force committees which you can join:

Kelly Pettit, Ph.D., Chair
Robert Gibson Ph.D, Chair
Rebecca Young, M.S. or  
Laura Farley, M.A.

Jenny Yen, Psy.D.
Geoff Lane, Ph.D.
Geoff Lane, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Lucas Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Editor

Committee Mission Statements

Membership Committee
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The Membership Committee is a standing committee of PLTC whose primary duty is to coordinate the collection of membership dues from active members, and manage incoming applications for membership in PLTC from Professional, Student, Affiliate, Emeritus, and Institutional applicants. Membership Committee chairs are appointment “from time to time as deemed necessary by the President.” The PLTC Membership Committee also has played an increasingly vital role in coordinating membership retention and recruitment activities of the larger organization. 

Nominations & Elections Committee
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The Nominations & Elections Committee consists of the Past President as Chairperson and up to three other members of the organization, whom the President shall appoint in consultation with the membership, and “is responsible for implementing the policies required for the nomination and election of officers.”

Professional Award Committee
Chair: 

The Professional Award Committee chair and membership “shall be appointed by the President. It shall solicit, evaluate, and select an individual to be recognized for Outstanding Contributions To Psychology In Long-Term Care in one of the following areas: teaching/mentorship/training, research, public policy, or clinical practice.”

Research Committee
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The PLTC Research Committee is a network of designated PLTC members dedicated to collaboration, dissemination, pursuing funding, and mentorship on a wide variety of research issues related to assessment and intervention in LTC facilities. Research interests of this committee involve the entire gamut of assessment and care in LTC facilities. The committee provides PLTC members with the opportunity to interact and collaborate by providing information about research interests/activities. In general, then, this committee works to foster a community of scholars and researchers from its membership to promulgate and conduct research on LTC. 

Program Committee
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The mission of the PLTC Program Committee is to solicit, evaluate, and select scientific and professional contributions in the field to be presented to members. The committee provides opportunities for members to participate in APA-accredited continuing education programs. It also assists in coordinating conversation hours, where members present information to other members on a topic of expertise.

Public Policy Committee
Chair: 

The mission of the Public Policy Committee of Psychologists in Long-Term Care (PLTC) is to advocate on behalf of policies promoting the availability and accessibility of ethical psychological services to older adults in long-term care settings. The Committee will monitor professional, regulatory, and legislative proposals and developments affecting the provision of geropsychological services in long-term care settings and facilitate PLTC responses, consistent with the mission of PLTC and the interests of its members. More Information...

PLTC AD HOC Committees

Mentoring Committee
Chair:

The mission of the Mentoring Program Committee is to connect students, early career professionals, and psychologists new to the field of geropsychology and clinical/academic work in long-term care settings with seasoned professionals to provide non-supervisory guidance to expand knowledge and understanding in their professional life. This PLTC Program has been active for the last decade.

Student Representative / Student Engagement Task Force
Co-Chairs: , &

The mission of the Student Representative / Student Engagement Task Force is to engage the next generation of long term care psychologists via outreach and advocacy for students just starting out in the field, and encouraging networking and mentorship opportunities.

Early Career Psychologist Committee
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The ECP Committee has a threefold set of objectives: 1) to gather information about the needs and priorities of current early-career PLTC members, 2) to advocate for early-career issues across a variety of PLTC board and committee activities, and 3) to support the transition from PLTC student members to early career professionals.

Newsletter Committee
Editor in Chief:
Assistant Editor: Lucas Morgan, Ph.D.

The PLTC Newsletter is published electronically at minimum twice per year and the Editor serves at the pleasure of the President, for typically a term of two years. The Newsletter is designed to showcase member-submitted content in the form of scientific reports, literature reviews, casual articles of interest on geropsychology and long-term care, and other reports and announcements pertaining to the PLTC community.

Communications Committee
Chair:

The Communications Committee (formerly the Social Media Committee) has the mission of evaluating and updating PLTC's digital media strategy and communications approach to meet the needs of the community.

Standards Task Force:
Co-Chairs: Robert Gibson, Ph.D., Victor Molinari, Ph.D., ABPP, and Barry Edelstein, Ph.D.

The mission of the Standards Committee is to periodically revise and propose new Guidelines for Psychological and Behavioral Health services given current needs in long-term care and changes that have occurred in the field and populations served. The written result of this effort is posted here (recent update pending).

Updated 2018-11-28 11:48:30