2018 Annual Conference

September 21-22nd, Sioux Falls, SD

Avera Orthopedic Institute                                                                                                          810 E 23rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Avera Prairie Center, Benedictine Rooms
1000 E 23rd St. Sioux Falls, SD, 57105

Book your hotel room at the Sheraton                                                                                        (1211 West Avenue North, Sioux Falls, SD 57104)                                                                            For assistance with your booking contact:                                                                                        Adam Poeppel – Group Rooms Coordinator at  +1-605-331-0100 

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The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at the Avera Prairie Center, Benedictine Rooms, in Sioux Falls, SD. Hotel accommodations have been made at the Sheraton Hotel, 1211 N West Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104. Reserve a room at the Sheraton and mention the 2018 SDPA Conference by September 13th to receive a special room rate.

2018 Conference Speakers

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 7.37.51 PMBruce H. Vermeer, Psy.D.
Dr. Vermeer holds a B.A. in Psychology from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) as well as M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology – Biola University (La Mirada, CA). He is specialized in geriatric neuropsychology. Dr. Vermeer spent 23 years in clinical practice in Grand Rapids, MI. He maintained an independent practice for most of that time, and his practice consisted of a combination of geriatric neuropsychological evaluation and general psychotherapy services.

Dr. Vermeer’s research interests include the use of current technological tools to help identify additional measures that might be extracted from existing neuropsychological tests and test formats. He is also engaged in research on the moral and ethical implications of monistic- versus dualistic perspectives of the soul for the treatment of Neurocognitive Disorders. Dr. Vermeer is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Scientific Affiliation.

Chaplain Robert Price, Doctor of Ministry
screen-shot-2018-04-12-at-7-37-21-pm-e1523581533213.pngChaplain Price is presently the Chief of the Chaplain Service at the VA Black Hills Health Care System. Prior to joining the VA Black Hills team, he served as Chief of the Chaplain Service and Coordinator of the Ethics Consultation Service at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, Clinical Chaplain at the Hampton Virginia VA Medical Center, and Director of a Counseling Agency in Virginia Beach.

He is a Board Certified Chaplain, and has earned the Doctor of Ministry degree, in addition to three earned Master’s Degrees in Religion, Divinity, and Counseling. His doctoral dissertation was on the clinical care of Moral Injury. He also specializes with PTSD, sexual trauma, and addictions. A veteran himself, he served 5 years active duty in the US Marine Corps infantry, and separated from the service as a Sergeant. He has personal experience with PTSD and Moral Injury.


Tony Jelsma, Ph.D
Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 6.44.49 PMTony Jelsma is a Professor of Biology at Dordt College. Jelsma is the chair of the department and presently serves as program advisor for the Pre-Chiropractic and medical Technology programs. His academic and research interests include molecular biology and developmental biology. He received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from McMaster University and specializes in Human Anatomy & Physiology and Developmental Biology. Jelsma will speak on the Gut-Brain Axis: The Intestinal Micro-biome and Behavior. The course will touch on a review of the anatomy of the digestive system, describe different classes of gut bacteria and relationship to diet, and review recent finding on the impacts of gut bacteria on human health and behavior




Event Itinerary

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Cafe

6:00-7:00 pm              Welcoming Social
7:00 pm                       Division 1 Meeting

Friday, September 21, 2018

Location: Avera Orthopedic Institute

8:30-9:00 am              Registration
9:00-11:30 am            Moral Injury: Relationship to PTSD & Current Treatments – Chaplain                                           Robert Price, D. Min.
12:00-1:30 pm             SDPA Annual Meeting and Luncheon
1:30-2:45 pm               Neuropsychological Aspects of Aging: Implications for Assessment                                                and Intervention – Bruce Vermeer, Ph.D.
2:45-3:00 pm              Break
3:00-4:45 pm              Neuropsychological Aspects of Aging, continued

Note: Following the educational sessions for the day, we will relocate to the Avera Prairie Center, Benedictine Rooms for the remainder of the Conference Events.

5:00-6:00 pm              Poster presentations & Cocktail Reception

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Location: Avera Prairie Center, Benedictine Rooms

8:00-8:30 am              Registration
8:30-10:30 am           The Gut-Brain Axis: The Intestinal Microbiome & Behavior – Tony                                                Jelsma, Ph.D
10:30-10:45 am          Break
10:45                           Poster Awards