Dr. Mona is a clinician at the Veterans Administration Long Beach Healthcare System, where she specializes in treating veterans with disabilities, and directs one of the few sexual health clinics within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders Services. Dr. Mona is a nationally recognized expert on disability and has been appointed to several national professional committees, task forces, and government positions within the Veterans Health Administration and the American Psychological Association. She has contributed to over 50 publications focused on disability diversity, sexuality and disability, older adults and sexuality, and the importance of integrated health care. Dr. Mona’s work has been recognized by numerous professional awards including APA’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. I’m sure her talk will be engaging and informative. 

Convention is also the time that LACPA presents our annual awards. This year’s recipients include Leticia C. Amick, Ph.D. (Distinguished Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member); Jaz Robbins, M.A. (Distinguished Service to LACPA by a Graduate Student); and State Senator Anthony Portantino (Distinguished Legislator Award). We are grateful for their contributions to our community. 

With your convention registration, LACPA members can receive six live CEs plus two recorded Convention programs for a total of up to 10 CEs. This is an excellent value we are pleased to offer. 

LACPA is what it is because of its members. I know we have all felt that loss of connection brought on by the pandemic, and virtual meetings are just not adequate replacements. Nevertheless, I am hopeful about the year ahead, especially as the LACPA Board of Directors prepares to return to in-person programming. We look forward to welcoming you back to our office and to in-person events very soon.