The purpose of AMCAP is to support and connect Latter-day Saint mental health professionals around the world and provide continuing education to all mental health professionals.
President (October 2016- Present) - David T. Seamons, PhD
David was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University, and has been in private practice for over 35 years specializing in marriage and family counseling. He has been a part-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at BYU, and a consultant to the United States Office of Education Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. David has also received a 20 year special recognition award from the University of Utah Drug and Alcohol School as a guest lecturer. He has written several magazine articles and book chapters. His church service has included Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative, and Mission president (Leeds England). David has served for 5 years at the MTC, and is also serves on committees for the Missionary Department. He is married and have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
Vice President (November 2019-Present)- Kristin Lang Hansen, PhD
Kristin Lang Hansen, Ph.D, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice since 2001 and Adjunct Faculty in the Psychology Department at Brigham Young University. She serves as the Editor for Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy. Also, she is currently serving on and has served as a board member for the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists from 2005-2008. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2000 and completed an internship and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School. She has a small therapy practice, teaches and writes in the area of religion/spirituality and psychology alongside raising two young boys with her husband.
Treasurer (Sept. 2015-Present)- Dean Bender, LMFT, CPA
Dean is a 30 year resident of Rocklin, CA. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in private practice part-time for the past three years and recently retired from his full-time job as a CPA. Prior to that, he worked as a part-time therapist at LDS Family Services for 11 years. Dean has served on the AMCAP Board of Directors and has twice served in the position of treasurer. In 2003, he presented at AMCAP on personality testing. Dean is currently serving on the Rocklin Stake Public Affairs Committee and previously served as Bishop.
Executive Secretary (January 2018-Present) – Teresa Gehring, B.S.
Teresa received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. She has served as secretary previously to two other non-profit governing boards and found a love for this type of work. She is raising four children and has always tried to stay busy volunteering and working in her children’s schools. She enjoys traveling with her husband and family any chance she gets.
Governing Board Members
Board Member (October 2016-Present)- Stephanie E. Wilson, MA, MEd
Stephanie holds two advanced degrees, a five year post graduate fellowship and over two decades of experiencing in the area of resolving complex achievement gaps for persons 2-21 years old through the application of best practices of clinical neuropsychology, trauma informed therapy and education.
Stephanie is an educational scientist (patent holder) in the area of developing non-screen based immersive learning programs and products.
Stephanie’s passion is to apply these skills in order to work to maximize the potential of high conflict families where complex trauma, addiction, personality disorder and/or at least one family member with complex special needs is present.
Having been a Blue Star family member for many years, Stephanie possesses both heart and dedication to bringing appropriate support to military families of all branches of service including free direct services for survivors of military sexual violence. Stephanie has been awarded both the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for Public Service, The Department of the Army and the Commander’s Award for Public Service, The Department of the Army, is a TEDX nominated presenter and continues to volunteer through direct service weekly to Blue Star Families.
In light of the above stated endeavors, Stephanie has founded several globally scoped non-profit programs dedicated to making resources more readily available to those who require them, and proud to have pioneered the first nationally scoped program to provide free direct support services for those that have survived military sexual violence.
Board Member (January 2018-Present)-Kay Thompson Rawson Swan, PhD
Dr. Swan graduated in Home Economics from BYU and received the 1st Master’s in Education at WSU because her husband was the Majority Leader in the Utah House of Representatives and he shepherded the bill for the establishment of the master’s degree. At age 50, Kay started her doctorate degree and graduated 10 years later from USU. She worked from 1980-1997 at Weber State University as the Director of the Family Education Center, Chairman of the Families Alive Conferences and Vocational Coordinator. Dr. Swan finished out her career at Brigham Young University.
Board Member (January 2019-Present) Edwin E. Gantt, PhD
Edwin E. Gantt, PhD is currently Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University and a Fellow of the Wheatley Institution. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University, where he focused on Existential-Phenomenological psychology and qualitative research methods. He is the author of over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters. His primary research interests revolve around the questions of moral agency and the relationship between religion, science, and psychology. He is co-author (with Richard N. Williams) of Psychology-for-the-Other: Levinas, Ethics, and the Practice of Psychotherapy and Hijacking Science: Exploring the Nature and Consequences of Overreach in Psychology, editor of the textbook series Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues, and an Associate Editor of Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He teaches courses in the History and Philosophy of Psychology, Personality Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Psychology of Religion, and (his favorite) LDS Perspectives on Psychology. He recently retired as the Head Coach of the BYU Men’s Hockey team after 20 years of involvement with the team. He and his wife Anita live in Springville and have four wonderful sons, two amazing daughters-in-law, and two beautiful grandsons.
Board Member (January 2019-Present) - Chaplain, Major Jason T. Klodnicki, PhD
Chaplain, Major Jason T. Klodnicki serves as a Staff Chaplain at the Air Force Chaplain Corps College located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In this capacity, Chaplain Klodnicki is responsible for assisting the Deputy Commandant in the design, development, and execution of curriculum and courses in the college. He manages and administers education course design and format, as well as development of future education courses benefiting the Chaplain Corps. Chaplain Klodnicki was raised in Chicago, Illinois and later served a Spanish-speaking mission for his Church from 1990-1992 in Arizona serving and caring for the local population there. Being a High School teacher for 15 years, he entered the United States Air Force Reserve in April 2004 and then entered active duty in August 2009. He has deployed in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.
Board Member (January 2019-Present) - Jeffrey S. Reber, Ph.D., LPC
Jeffrey S. Reber, Ph.D., LPC, is chair of the department of psychology at the University of West Georgia, a licensed professional counselor, and the founder of Relational Counseling and Consulting Services. He is a leader in the field of relational psychology, which treats relationships as fundamental to our being, our knowing, and our morality. He has published 20 articles, 10 book chapters, and 3 books that are informed by this relational psychological perspective and he has given dozens of presentations on relational psychology across the continent. He has successfully implemented his unique approach to relationships in the classroom, in organizational administration and leadership, and in his psychotherapy practice. He also sits on the editorial boards of four academic peer-review publication outlets and served as President of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24 of the APA) in 2014.