APA Statement Regarding Shooting Deaths of California VA Workers

Statement of APA president regarding the shooting deaths of three mental health professionals.

WASHINGTON — Following is a statement from Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, regarding the shooting deaths of three mental health professionals at a veterans home in Yountville, California:

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the shooting deaths of program Executive Director Christine Loeber, Clinical Director Jennifer Golick and Jennifer Gonzales, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. They dedicated their careers to caring for our nation’s veterans, and it is deeply tragic that they lost their lives in service to others. The American Psychological Association extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of these three women.”

Loeber, Golick and Gonzales were shot to death Friday at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville. Loeber was a social worker and Golick was a psychologist and the Clinical Director at The Pathway Home, a nonprofit organization that treats combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to news reports.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.