The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) aspires to achieve the highest quality graduate training experience for the next generation of scientific innovators, expert practitioners and visionary leaders in psychology.
APAGS builds a better future for psychology by serving as a united voice to enrich and advocate for graduate student development.
For graduate students in psychology, becoming a student affiliate of APA automatically enrolls you as a member of APAGS. Undergraduates may join APAGS for a small fee. APAGS offers all its members enormous opportunities to enhance their development towards a career in psychology and to shape the future of the discipline. From at-home access to research tools like PsycINFO, to opportunities to present your work at APA's annual convention, membership in APA/APAGS will help you succeed in graduate school and develop as a member of the psychological community.
What is APAGS?
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) is the voice of student concerns within the APA. APAGS develops, endorses and disseminates information to students about relevant education and training issues, legislative positions and developments, and future directions or changes in the field, through printed resources and the website; and APAGS creates and supports opportunities for students in the form of scholarships and awards, association advocacy work and a host of development activities.
APAGS is the largest group of organized graduate psychology students worldwide. Founded in 1988, APAGS currently represents approximately one-third of all APA members, making it one of the largest constituency groups within the association.
APAGS is governed by nine officers elected by APAGS members along with the chairs of five specialized subcommittees — all supported by an associate executive director and professional staff at the APA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The nine elected APAGS officers include a chair, past-chair and chair-elect, as well as six members-at-large who have particular foci for advocacy and representation, that include practice, research/academics, education/training, communications, diversity and membership, recruitment and retention.
APAGS is a strong voice for graduate students in psychology.
Members of the APAGS committee and their designees liaison with key boards and committees both within and affiliated with the APA, including the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, the Board of Scientific Affairs, the Board of Educational Affairs, the Board of Professional Affairs, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and many others.
APAGS has representation and/or full voting membership on the APA Commission on Accreditation and Ethics Code Task Force, the APA Board of Directors, the APA Council of Representatives and the Psychology Executives Roundtable.
This committee represents the perspectives and concerns of graduate students in psychological science. Their tasks and activities include the following: advocating for science to be represented across APAGS and APA activities; examining and recommending strategies for the recruitment and retention of emerging scientists within APAGS and APA; reviewing applications for the APAGS Basic Psychological Science Research Grant; developing innovative programming for APA Convention that are appealing to science focused students; and collaborating with the Board of Scientific Affairs, the Science Student Council and the Science Directorate to promote psychological science within APA.
Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CARED)
This is the subcommittee of APAGS that represents and advocates for the perspectives and concerns of ethnic minority graduate students within the discipline of psychology. APAGS-CARED's main goal is to ensure that the specific interests and needs of ethnic minority graduate students are given a voice within the large domain of APA. APAGS-CARED attempts to achieve this goal by increasing the membership and participation of ethnic minority graduate students within APAGS through the development and advertisement of various educational and training opportunities for ethnic minority graduate students in psychology. CARED promotes cultural competency and sensitivity, and encourages the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students in psychology by developing ethnic minority student resources, providing small grants for regional student-organized multicultural training events, and engaging in other advocacy activities to increase awareness of multicultural issues.
Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT)
ACT is composed of psychology graduate students who primarily engage in legislative advocacy work on behalf of the science and profession of psychology, in the interest of individuals studying, researching and practicing psychology, and on behalf of individuals who are the recipients of psychological services. ACT members promote the welfare of graduate students and the vigor of the profession by their participation in legislative lobbying efforts. APAGS-ACT represents all sub-fields of psychology equally in its legislative and advocacy efforts. Members and designees of the ACT committee assist with the recruitment, organization, and administration of the Campus Representative network to help facilitate the flow of communication between the APAGS Board and its constituents.
Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD)
The APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity works on behalf of the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graduate students in psychology and their allies nationwide. The committee provides education, advocacy and personal and professional development opportunities to ensure the successful graduate experience of LGBT and allied students. The committee aspires to build, strengthen and empower its members through the use of innovative technologies, collaborative advocacy and inclusive practice.
This committee works closely with APAGS Central Office and staff to plan student programs and events for the annual APA convention to provide APAGS members with the opportunity to present their research, ideas or work at this prestigious national convention. The Convention Committee reviews and rates proposals, selects programs, and plans special activities, student social events and networking opportunities for convention. The Convention Committee selects programming to ensure that timely, relevant, and cutting-edge information is made available to students each year. The Convention Committee collaborates with other APA boards and committees, APA offices and directorates, and allied groups to plan convention programs that address important and emerging broad professional development issues for graduate students in psychology.