Committees & Task Forces

MPA is place of connection, protection, and growth for psychologists. MPA committees are an excellent way to get involved and stay active in your professional association. To find out how you can get involved in MPA, feel free to contact the Committee Chair in the area of your interest, or email us at [email protected].




2019 Annual Conference Committee

The Annual Conference Committee meets monthly from May through March to plan MPA’s Annual Conference in April. Members of this committee identify a conference theme; develop the call for proposals; review, select, and schedule conference presenters; and, secure sponsorships. If you are interested in gaining experience planning a conference, join this committee. In addition, this committee seeks those with skill or interest in managing the financial side of event planning.

Mary Louise Stevens, Ph.D., LP
2019 Annual Conference Committee Chair
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Academic Awards Committee

The Academic Awards Committee selects recipients for the Walter D. Mink Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award; the Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology; and, the Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Psychology in Community/Two-year Colleges. All awards are presented at the MPA Annual Convention. If you are interested in reviewing exemplary contributions to student development and the teaching of psychology, consider joining this committee.

Joan Ostrove
Academic Awards Committee Chair
[email protected]


Diversity Committee

The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to support MPA in its mission to be an organization that values diversity. This includes but is not limited to increasing recruitment, retention, and support of individuals of diverse backgrounds in the field of psychology; developing an advocacy agenda; and, recognizing our elders. All are welcomed to join this committee.

Yasmine Moideen, Ph.D., LP
Diversity Committee Chair
[email protected]


Education & Training Committee

The Education and Training Committee plans and delivers high quality continuing education programs for psychologists, students, and other mental health professionals. The major programs include the First Friday Forums, the Friday Forum Encores, the Distinguished Scholar Lectures, and conferences.

Susan T. Rydell, Ph.D., LP
Education & Training Committee Chair
[email protected]


Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee provides consultation on ethical issues related to psychological practice. The committee consults with MPA members and the greater Minnesota community using the American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethical standards. If you have experience and/or expertise consulting on ethical dilemmas consider joining this committee.

Andrea Zuellig, Ph.D., LP
Ethics Committee Chair
[email protected]

Check out this overview of the committee!


Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee develops the annual legislative agenda for MPA and forwards it to the Governing Council for approval. The committee works closely with MPA’s lobbyist to implement MPA’s legislative agenda and to track legislative activity of interest to MPA, psychology in general, and the psychological and general well-being of Minnesota citizens. If you are interested in working on legislative issues that affect psychologists in Minnesota, this committee may be for you.

Trisha Stark, Ph.D., LP
Legislative Committee Chair
t[email protected]

Check out this overview of the committee!


Paterson Award Committee

The Paterson Award Committee selects and presents an outstanding college senior who is planning a career in psychology to receive the Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology at the MPA Annual Convention. The purpose of the $350 award is to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level. If you are interested in reading about the work of outstanding psychology undergraduates, this committee may be for you. For more information about the award see

Erika Brink
Paterson Award Committee Chair
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Payer Committee

Robert Van Siclen, Ph.D., LP
Payer Committee Chair
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Trisha A. Stark Community Involvement Award Committee

Scott Palmer, Ph.D., LP
Trisha A. Stark Community Involvement Award Committee Chair
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Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.