VA North Texas Health Care System
Dallas VA Psychologist Receives James Besyner Early Career Award
Dr. Andrea Zartman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine in 2006 from the University of North Texas. Coming from a military family, she grew up hearing personal histories of the military and grew to appreciate the sacrifices Veterans have made to serve. Her grandfathers served in WWI and WWII, her father and mother served in the Air Force, and her husband is an Army Veteran. As she completed graduate school, she was naturally drawn to the Veteran population and the mental health needs involved with this group. An ideal match, she was drawn to Dallas VA Medical Center for her pre-doctoral psychology internship in 2005.
It was then she met Dr. James ‘Jim’ Besyner as the internship training director and Chief of Psychology. "Dr. Besyner was one of my first true mentors, and he served as a great role model for how to successfully balance work and family," Zartman said. "He also helped me appreciate the importance of good training and keeping a good sense of humor, even in the most stressful of times." Zartman recalls, "Even after I left internship for post-doctoral training at the South Texas VA system, he remained in contact to provide encouragement. I appreciated his advice that helped in my transition from intern to post-doc to staff member."
Dr. Zartman returned to Dallas VA in 2008 as a staff neuropsychologist on the Polytrauma Team but recently transitioned full-time to the Neuropsychology Consult Team. In addition to a busy case load, she is involved with training activities and research focused on test development, psychometrics and ecological validity. Zartman recently obtained American Board of Professional Psychology certification in Clinical Neuropsychology and is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. To keep abreast of the latest trends in psychology, she serves on several local and national committees within her field.
Dr. Zartman’s award was presented at the annual American Psychological Association convention, and she says receiving the James Besyner Early Career Award is bitter sweet. One of the last conversations she recalls with Dr. Besyner before his passing was that he planned to present her with her American Board of Professional Psychology pin later that year. "Receiving this award is a reminder of Dr. Besyner’s outstanding commitment to psychology, to Veterans, and to training the next generation of psychologists behind him. I am proud and humbled to be the first recipient among many who were influenced by him," Zartman said.