Divisions are MPA groups that connect members in specialty areas within psychology.

Getting involved in an MPA division gives you an opportunity to connect with others in your specialty area. Whether you’re interested in improving Minnesota’s private practices, or leading psychology in the next generation, you can find your outlet for connection and leadership in a division of MPA.

Members interested in joining a Division and being added to that Division’s listserv should email the Division Chair(s) via their contact information below.

Academic Division

Updated division mission statement coming soon.

Jenny Wettersten, M.A., LP | Chair | [email protected]



Clinical Psychopharmacology & Collaborative Practice Division

The division of clinical psychopharmacology and collaborative practice was developed to create a forum for psychologists and other interested parties to discuss the importance and relevance of psychologists gaining advanced training in psychopharmacology and how that training can improve patient care and enhance relationships with other healthcare providers. The division also serves as the community within the Minnesota Psychological Association for proponents of legislation to advance prescriptive authority for psychologists in Minnesota.

Harlan Gilbertson, Psy.D., M.S.C.P., LP | Chair | [email protected]

Early Career Psychologist Division

The Early Career Psychologist Division of MPA seeks to empower, advocate for, and connect early career psychologists (defined as post-graduation) with opportunities to network, consult with other psychologists, and establish vibrant careers throughout Minnesota. The ECP Division hosts social events for new psychologists, advocates for specialized continuing education opportunities of particular relevance to new psychologists, and encourages communication and consultation with fellow early career psychologists.

Andrew Fink, Psy.D., LP | Chair | [email protected]


Forensic Division

Updated division mission statement coming soon.

Brenda Frye, M.Ed., Ph.D. | Chair | [email protected]

Multicultural Services Division

The mission of the Society for Multicultural Services is to enhance and advance professional psychological practice to benefit diverse human differences that include, but are not limited to, differences in age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language or socioeconomic status.

Yasmine Moideen | Chair | [email protected]


Psychoanalytical Studies Division

Updated division mission statement coming soon.

Ellen Chazdon, Psy.D., LP | Chair | [email protected]

Check out this overview of the division!


Psychologists in Health Care Organizations Division

Psychologists in health care organizations are an integral and important sector within the rapidly changing healthcare environment. The Psychologists in Health Care Organizations Division of the MPA serves to support and enhance the ongoing contributions of psychologists employed in health care settings and cultivate new opportunities in this dynamic area. As the most recent MPA division, our aim is build a community and network of practicing psychologists to facilitate understanding, knowledge, and practice of psychology within health care settings.

Mark Lynn, Ph.D., LP, ABPP | Chair | [email protected]


Psychology Practice Division

Psychologists in private practice represent a significant asset to the state of Minnesota for providing a range of high quality psychological services including psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation. The Psychology Practice Division exists to support psychologists, the mental health practitioners trained specifically in psychology, to effectively manage the roles, responsibilities and challenges of this rewarding and relevant professional occupation. Often working as sole practitioners, the PPD offers psychologists in private practice a community of peers for support, consultation, and advocacy.

Robert Van Siclen, Ph.D., LP | Chair | [email protected]

Public Service Division

This Division has a focus on the contributions that psychologists make in the public sector of providing the full range of clinical services for health and mental health needs of the community. The integration of psychological services with other health care services is essential and enhances the well being of those who are in need. Public Health Division psychologists may function in other public sectors such as education, juvenile and adult criminal justice, health promotion or prevention, early intervention, rehabilitation, long-term care, homeless and virtually any public service activity. Assessment, treatment, research, management, consultation and organization activities are included. We encourage those who would like to explore public service as a professional area to develop expertise and enhance society.

Jennifer Lewey, Ph.D., LP | Chair | [email protected]

Check out this overview of the division!

Rural & Greater Minnesota Division

The purpose of the Rural and Greater Minnesota Division (R&G-MN) of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) is to represent psychologists from outside the Metropolitan area and/or who have particular interests in rural issues and practice.The R&G-MN Division was formed to advance the science and practice of rural behavioral health, by promoting evidence based methodology and research specifically designed to enhance the emotional well-being of rural residents. The R&G-MN Division also supports and advocates for rural psychologists in achieving licensure, best-practices, and financial resources.

The division includes a Rural Conference Committee which holds the Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference, in partnership with other organizations. Its purpose is to make quality continuing education available to behavioral health professionals about the particular practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities. It is broadcast in the fall from a Minnesota site, with options to attend at group webcast sites or by individual webcast.

Jonathan Aligada, Psy.D., LP | Chair | [email protected]

Student Division

The purpose of the Student Division of MPA is to represent students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate psychology programs (or programs with psychological curriculum) and who have particular interests in education, training, and networking with other students and professionals in the field of psychology. Currently, the Student Division holds one meeting per year to discuss issues pertinent to students and future professionals. Our vision is for the Student Division to become more active within MPA and the greater community.

Erika Brink | Co-Chair | [email protected]

Quincy Guinadi | Co-Chair | [email protected]

Women's Division

Each year the Division of Women plans programming on an issue pertinent to women or women in psychology. The Division maintains an active listserv for members and has sponsored representatives to attend the Committee of Women in Psychology Network meeting at APA.

Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D, LP | Chair | [email protected]


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.