Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP)

Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP) is the voice of professional clinical psychology within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is "the advancement of Clinical Psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare by developing and encouraging high standards of ethics and training; by providing the opportunity for the exchange of experience and research through discussions, presentation and publications; and by educating the public in the purposes and goals of the art and science of the practice of clinical psychology for the promotion of the public welfare.


VACP President, Dr. Treven Pickett, has appointed Heather Bruschwein, PsyD, as Chair of the organization’s political action committee (currently called VPLAN).  Dr. Bruschwein is a brand new VACP member, having recently relocated from North Carolina to Charlottesville.  She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. 

Dr. Bruschwein was exceptionally active in the North Carolina Psychological Association, particularly with Early Career members.  Her enthusiasm and understanding of the importance of State Associations was demonstrated by her volunteering within days of her joining VACP.  She also attended the APA Practice Leadership Conference last year which reiterated the importance of political and legislative involvement.

She will be replacing Dr. Cathy Rea who graciously served as the PAC Chair for over a decade.   Dr. Rea, who also serves as Virginia’s Federal Advocacy Coordinator, will continue in that, now more than ever, important role. 

One of Dr. Bruscwein’s first requests is for VACP members, when renewing their 2018 membership, to consider adding a voluntary contribution to VPLAN.  VACP’s PAC makes targeted contributions to members of the Virginia General Assembly who recognize the importance of clinical psychologists in delivering quality mental health car in Virginia. 

In announcing her appointment, VACP’s President noted her high level of enthusiasm and expressed confidence it will influence increased support for VPLAN and VACP activities.