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Member Spotlight - April 2017
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April 2017 Member Spotlight

C. Alan Hopewell, Ph.D., MP, ABPP


  1. What is your background and what do you currently do for a living?  I was commissioned as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer upon graduation from the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and served active duty in both the U.S. and abroad (Vietnam Era and Cold War Veteran). Upon my retirement after 27 years of total military service, I was the Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist on active duty serving in the Department of Defense. As the first Army Officer Prescribing Psychologist to serve and to practice in a Combat Theater, I wrote more than 2,000 prescriptions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and oversaw psychiatric medication management in Garrison at the largest outpatient psychiatric facility in the world at Ft. Hood, Texas. I was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as part of the 2007-2008 OIF Surge.

    Since July 2014 I have been the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and currently serve as Clinical Administrator at the Hemphill Behavioral Health Center. 

  2. What would you want your colleagues to know about the role of a psychologist in the military? Regardless of war or peace or nature of assignment, being a psychologist in the military provides excellent training in seeing all types of people from all over. This area of work provides a satisfaction of serving the country and doing the jobs that most psychologists cannot do. There are some excellent reference books on military psychology by LTCDR Kennedy and COL Grossman. 

  3. What was your first job in psychology? I began my work in psychology at Fort Jackson (South Carolina) as Chief of Psychology Service. 

    Fort Jackson was created in 1917 (as Camp Jackson) as the United States entered World War I. At the conclusion of World War I, Camp Jackson was shut down and the Camp was abandoned 25 April 1922 pursuant to General Orders No. 33, War Department, 27 July 1921. Camp Jackson was reactivated for  World War II. At the conclusion of World War II, the post was to have been deactivated by 1950; however, the outbreak of the  Korean War caused the post to remain active and it is still functioning in the early 21st Century.

    Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of all soldiers and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year.[2] Providing the Army with new soldiers is the post's primary mission. 35,000 potential soldiers attend basic training and 8,000 advanced individual training soldiers train at Fort Jackson annually.[3] Soldiers who have trained or worked at Fort Jackson live by the base's motto, "Victory Starts Here." [4] The training is provided by the  165th, 171st, and 193rd Infantry Brigades Monday through Sunday for a ten-week period.[5]

    The post has other missions as well. While some military installations have experienced downsizing and closure in past years, Fort Jackson has added several new schools and training institutions since 1995 including the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Department of Defense Chaplain Center and School, and the National Center for Credibility Assessment, part of the  Defense Intelligence Agency.[6] In 2007 the Army consolidated all of its training facilities for Drill Sergeants at Fort Jackson, and in 2009 Command Sergeant Major Teresa King became the first woman to head what is now the sole Drill Sergeant School for the U.S. Army.[7]

  4. What publication/book/blog do you recommend others read if they want to learn more about integrated healthcare?

  5.  What is an area where you see the profession of psychology growing in the near future? There are a number of areas I believe the profession is growing: prescription privileges is a major area as well as more automated, electronic psychological assessment with things like iPad technology. Telemedicine is also an area where the profession is headed in the near future. 

  6.  How has TPA contributed to your development as a psychologist? TPA has provided support, inspiration, networking, collegiality, education, and legislative progress for four decades of my professional work.

  7. What is your most memorable experience as a TPA member? Serving as TPA President in 2004 and helping to guide the year in which Sunset was last passed. Much of this Sunset legislation is really done in the year prior to the legislative session. Helping TPA to grow professionally was truly a memorable experience. 

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