HMAC Monthly Luncheon Recap – February 2009

Speaker and Meeting Recap:

Thomas D. McNeese, MEd, MA, a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, was our speaker on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. His topic was “A discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effects on returning OIF/OEF combat veterans”. Mr. McNeese has worked at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center (MEVAMC) as both a Psychology Extern and as a Research Clinician. His work has included treating veterans with psychological trauma resulting from combat as well as working with veterans with dementia.

Mr. McNeese was born and raised in Mexico City Mexico, before moving to the United States to attend the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a degree in Finance in 1997. He worked in business and real estate before returning to academia. He holds a Master of Education in Counseling, as well as a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston, and is currently finishing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology. He is married and has a two-year-old son.

Mr. McNeese is involved with several organizations, including the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, the American and Texas Psychological Association, the Houston Council on World Affairs, The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, and is a member of the APA 2009 Presidential Taskforce on the Future of Psychology Practice.