Five positions are up for election for the 2014 APAGS election cycle. The member-at-large positions are for two-year terms; the chair-elect is for a three-year term. The election period will open on April 1, 2014 and close on April 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

All APAGS members who have provided APA with their email address will be sent an email with a unique link that directs automatically to the elections ballot. If you do not receive an email on April 1, 2014, please check your email spam filters and junk box to see if the email arrived there. If you still do not receive an email, please contact Garnett Coad, the APA Director of Elections.


The chair-elect serves on the APAGS Executive Committee (EC), which, led by the chair during his/her tenure, works as a unit to advise, guide and consult with the full APAGS Committee. The EC acts as a steering committee for APAGS and is responsible for developing priorities and charges to committee members consistent with the goals of APAGS. The executive committee presides over the full APAGS Committee and acts on behalf of the full committee.

Chair-elect Tasks
  • Participates in all EC activities to prepare for chair year.
  • Serves as the EC liaison (for more direct mentoring/oversight) for one-third of the APAGS committee members, subcommittee chairs, task force chairs and work group chairs.
  • Serves in prescribed liaison roles reserved for the APAGS chair-elect.
  • Serves as an official liaison for some of the established APAGS relationships; sometimes the chair-elect will take on relatively more of these liaison roles to help acclimate him/her to the work of the committee.
Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups
  • Reports on chair-elect and official liaison activities to the full APAGS Committee via the committee email list and at APAGS business meetings.
  • Will prepare to serve during his/her chair or past-chair year as the APAGS voting member on the APA Council of Representatives and voting member on the APA Board of Directors. This requires attending four to six meetings per year, often in Washington, D.C.

Christine Jehu
APAGS is our home within the profession and is committed to student success and supporting us through graduate school; an incredibly stressful time for students, when we are faced with many personal, academic and institutional challenges. My passion for training and advocating for student needs in these areas is why I am running for chair-elect.

Throughout my graduate training I have consistently demonstrated commitment to leadership and advocacy in professional organizations. My previous leadership experience in sports and student government make me highly qualified to lead. I have participated in the APAGS LGBT mentoring program, and currently serve as program and regional representative for the Student Affiliates of Division 17 and as chair of a graduate student diversity committee. Additionally, I currently serve on the APAGS Convention Committee, allowing me to address student needs at convention and through APAGS leadership channels, giving me an invaluable inside understanding of APA and APAGS structure and policy. These experiences make me highly qualified to be your APAGS chair-elect.

If selected to be your chair-elect, I will focus on the following initiatives:

  • Internship Crisis: I will continue to support strategies to increase the match rate by increasing the number of quality internships, as well as advocating for changes to address the financial burden faced by applicants.
  • Academic Job Crisis: Our science-focused students are facing a deficit in the job market. I will work with APAGS to strategize for solutions and action toward decreasing this deficit.
  • Leadership & Mentoring: I will work with APAGS to increase leadership and mentoring opportunities that address gaps in our academic training in research, practice and professional development.

My passion for psychology and commitment to quality graduate training make me honored for the opportunity to serve as your chair-elect!

For more information visit me online.

Felicia Kademian
APAGS has historically represented the voices of psychology graduate students. As a leader of several organizations ranging from the local to the federal sectors, I have found that it is time to ACT NOW.

As chair-elect of APAGS, my focus will be:

  • Advocacy — to represent the student voices and concerns, including but not limited to issues related to internships and student loan forgiveness.
  • Communication — to increase student awareness, create opportunities for dialogue and network.
  • Teamwork — collaboration with students and various APA bodies, constituents and communities.
  • Network — increasing networking opportunities within the APAGS community, APA community and governmental entities.
  • Opportunities — to increase financial and networking opportunities.
  • Work — for student wellness and causes!

I have been dedicated to the field of advocacy and social justice within our field and beyond, including:

  • Student representative for Division 56
  • Secretary for the Armenian American Mental Health Association
  • Co-chair for the Sexual Assault/Victimization track with the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) Conference Planning Committee
  • Public Policy Committee for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
  • Co-chair of the Rockway Institute Student Affiliate (RISA) at Alliant International University, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGBT*) community advocacy student group
  • Secretary of the Student Advocacy Group, working with both the California Psychological Association (CPA) and California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS)
  • Founder and co-chair of Wellness and Social Justice student group at Alliant International University

Presently I am an active student member of Divisions 7, 19, 28, 35 (Section 4 — LBT Concerns and Section 6 — Alaska Native/American Indian/Indigenous Women), 44, 48 and 56. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as APAGS chair-elect and would appreciate your support. Check me out online.

Member-at-large, Diversity Focus
  • Guide working groups and ad hoc committees that address specific issues of diversity.
  • Establish relationships and joint projects with staff members in the APA Public Interest Directorate.
  • Serve in various official liaison roles that focus on issues related to diversity, including ethnic heritage, women's issues, ageism, sexual orientation, disability issues, etc.
  • Develop initiatives, programs and resources within APAGS that support diverse students, as appropriate.
  • Advocate for the needs of diverse students within and outside of APA.

Leighna Harrison
Many of our graduate programs promote theories of cultural competence. Our academic training can be strengthened and supported by complementary emphases on diversity and cultural competence in our governing bodies. In addition to the current diversity focus, APAGS can benefit graduate students by continuing to incorporate diversity issues into its foci for advocacy and its subcommittees. As the APAGS member-at-large diversity focus representative, I will create initiatives and work as an APAGS team member to increase outreach, dialogue and programming on issues of diversity, within APAGS and more broadly in APA. I will be a strong advocate for the specific needs of diverse students.

To this job, I bring my training and my personal experience as a biracial, African-American and Irish-American, female psychologist-in-training. My academic focus centers on my doctoral program's Diversity and Community Mental Health area of emphasis — a curriculum encompassing theories of community mental health, mental health disparities facing diverse populations and the provision of culturally-informed evidenced-based practices in the public mental health sector. Clinically speaking, two graduate level study abroad experiences have especially shaped my understanding of diversity. During programs in Mexico City, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina, I learned about and practiced psychotherapy in diverse settings outside of the United States. These experiences broadened my perspectives as a clinician-in-training and researcher, challenging me to compare and contrast different cultural approaches to diversity issues with our own methods and models. As a member of a recent APA delegation to Havana, Cuba, I realize that the scope of my academic and clinical training would greatly inform my service in the role of an advocate for diversity issues in APAGS.

The future of psychology is one where our strength lies in our diversity. I hope to participate in shaping this future by being your diversity focus member-at-large. Thank you. 

Michelle Roley
I, Michelle Roley, am enthusiastically prepared to serve as the APAGS member-at-large — diversity focus. My research and clinical focus is on the intersection of culture and mental health where I have had the pleasure of examining culture-specific issues that impact treatment engagement, the presentation of psychopathology and the impact of culture-specific protective factors. This focus has left me well-suited to advocate for the inclusion and consideration of diversity in psychology. Additionally, my tenure on the APA Division 53 Student Advisory Board (Programming Committee), where I (a) developed a Speed Mentoring program for students at the 2013 APA Annual Convention, (b) established a Career Column to help emerging psychologists hone their career goals, (c) served as a mentor to undergraduate students as they navigated applying to graduate school, (d) reviewed graduate student scholarship applications, and (e) wrote an article detailing the wonderful accomplishments of one of the scholarship recipients demonstrates my commitment to advancing the careers of others. I served on the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology Specialty) where I co-authored the report that led to the continual recognition of clinical child psychology as a specialty. My work on the Student Relations Committee for the American Association of Suicidology, as an advocate for clinical psychology graduate students, as a committee member of the Public Relations and Treasury subcommittees of the Graduate Student Association at my graduate institution, and volunteer for the Quality Improvement Committee for a non-profit community mental health agency provided breadth and depth to my skills across unique and unrelated professional organizations. Succinctly, my experience, passion and knowledge of diversity issues, as well as my research, leadership and engagement skills, and eagerness and openness to learn make me the ideal next APAGS member-at-large — diversity focus. Please visit my website.


Member-at-large, Membership Recruitment and Retention Focus
  • Recruit and retain a graduate student membership that reflects the diversity in psychology and promotes unity within the field, with a special emphasis on recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented groups.
  • Facilitate and maintain open lines of communication between APAGS, the APA Membership Office and the APA Membership Committee.
  • Educate the larger association about the products, services and resources that APAGS provides for reaching students.
  • Set in place initiatives to increase graduate student membership through the effective use of current resources and coordinated recruitment activities through APA offices and directorates.
  • Design and implement innovative programs and practices that will generate new graduate student members.
  • Work to expand unique services to APAGS members.

Nicole Caraballo
My name is Nicole Caraballo and I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. I am running for the APAGS position of member-at-large, membership recruitment and retention focus because I am passionate about building and uniting our community of psychology graduate students. I would like to work to expand the services APAGS offers to students and educate the psychology graduate student community on the importance of an APAGS membership. As graduate students, we are the future of our field. I understand our field is not perfect and we are experiencing significant stressors including the internship match crisis and limited graduate funding. In addition, we are in need of diversifying our membership and recruiting and retaining members that are currently underrepresented within APAGS.

If elected to the APAGS position of member-at-large, membership recruitment and retention focus, I will dedicate my term to include the following missions:

  • Represent the diversity in psychology by recruiting and retaining members that are currently underrepresented within APAGS.
  • Communicate with psychology graduate students to understand what students need from their APAGS committee and the APA.
  • Develop initiatives to meet students' needs and facilitate growth in resources within APAGS for members to enhance their professional development and APAGS membership value.

I currently work with the Alumni Relations Office at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology where I am responsible for creating initiatives to build community and resources within our developing alumni membership network. I enjoy the creative process that membership recruitment and retention entails. If elected, I am ready to manage the important responsibility of growing and sustaining the community within APAGS.

Visit online to learn more about these initiatives.

Thank you!

Nicole Caraballo

Justin Karr
Hello APAGS members,

Psychological science and practice rely on student representation to sculpt the future of our dynamic field. In this regard, the APAGS unites graduate students and promotes our development, but many barriers to APAGS membership still exist for graduate students, including costly membership fees, few perceived benefits and a limited sense of professional identity. As a doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Victoria, I have experienced similar barriers to professional development. However, as I become increasingly involved in our field, I have identified multiple strategies to foster our membership; and, as the APAGS membership recruitment/retention member-at-large, I hope to implement these strategies and achieve three primary goals to the benefit of my fellow graduate students:

  • First, I aim to reduce monetary barriers to membership, ideally arranging fee waivers for students in financial need.
  • Second, I plan to increase the perceived benefits of APAGS membership through greater communication and transparency regarding student award competitions (e.g., publicly listing the number of applications received).
  • Lastly, I hope to enhance the professional identity of members by developing collaborative opportunities between students at separate institutions, promoting academic networking prior to graduation.

My extensive history of academic and leadership experiences has prepared me to achieve these goals while in office. I have published six peer-reviewed articles (four as first author) and presented over 25 times at academic conferences. Further, I have a history of many leadership roles, serving on departmental and campus-wide executive committees, mentoring undergraduate students in psychological research, and reviewing for multiple academic journals and student award competitions. Through these experiences, I feel in-tune with the issues faced by APAGS members; and through my leadership and dedication to psychology, I look forward to serving you as your membership recruitment/retention member-at-large!

Thanks for your vote,

Justin Karr

Elizabeth Levin
I would be honored to serve as a member-at-large with a membership recruitment and retention focus on the APAGS committee. I have years of experience serving on the executive boards of student organizations, and believe that I have much to offer to APAGS. As a board member of George Mason University's Hillel, the Jewish student organization, I was involved in membership recruitment and event planning. Every year, I assisted in organizing an event which was expected to draw in over 300 students for International Week, and put much effort into advertising and promoting the event.

I attended my first APAGS workshop this fall and greatly appreciated the experience of hearing professionals in the field discuss their experiences in private practice, working with student loans, the licensing exam and alternate career paths. I believe that being able to network with future colleagues in settings such as these workshops is incredibly useful in our training as future professionals in the field of psychology. If elected for the position, I would work with other board members to better understand the needs of current graduate students by sending out surveys aimed at learning which APAGS resources are most in demand. I believe that more students will become members of APA and APAGS if they know what resources and services can be provided to them. I also believe that I can improve membership retention by sending out a newsletter with information regarding more opportunities for training and networking. My goal is to facilitate more communication between graduate students and the association and to work with other committee members to organize more workshops.

Elizabeth Levin
PsyD Candidate
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, D.C.

Member-at-large, Practice Focus
  • Establish relationships and joint projects with staff members of the Practice Directorate.
  • Serve in various official liaison roles that focus on practitioner oriented issues.
  • Develop initiatives and programs within APAGS that support the Practice Directorate's public education campaigns, as appropriate.
  • Monitor training environments to advocate for high quality, timely and relevant preparation for practice in the current and shifting marketplace.
  • Promote and support activities, projects and programs that foster increased support of and participation by practice-oriented graduate students in APAGS.

Amy Berman
My name is Amy Berman and I'm a PhD student studying counseling psychology at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., and completing my master's in Policy Studies at University of Maryland College Park.

I value the graduate student voice.

My experience in APAGS and APA, combined with my policy background and enthusiasm for advocacy of student concerns, has led me to seek your support for the APAGS member-at-large practice focus position.

As your APAGS-CEMA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs subcommittee member, I have worked to ensure that our diverse perspectives are represented in APAGS, to increase access to culturally relevant graduate training, and to foster pipelines in which students are empowered to have voice and agency. I have worked to engage students in issues affecting our practice, previously serving as an APAGS campus representative of the Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT).

I have been active in monitoring our graduate training environment to encourage relevant, high-quality preparation for professional practice, and have worked to increase opportunities for practice-oriented graduate students. At my own institution, I was awarded an APAGS-CEMA grant to support graduate training in social justice, and am seeking funding to facilitate graduate training in disability as diversity. Together with my colleagues, I have been awarded a Society for the Teaching of Psychology grant to advance culturally competent graduate training.

We are a large and diverse practice community promoting the practice of psychology and the accessibility and availability of psychological services. I will continue to work to increase your access to advocacy on behalf of the profession of psychology and will be responsive to the issues that affect you.

I sincerely hope to serve as your APAGS member-at-large Practice Focus.

To contact me or for more information, please visit me online.

Casey Calhoun
By serving in local and national leadership roles, I have come to understand the importance of the student voice for ensuring high quality graduate training and desirable career outcomes. Nationally, I have served as student representative for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Board of Directors, and elected chair and clinical science representative for the APA Science Student Council. Though I have contributed to a wide range of conversations relating to the needs of practice-oriented students, I am especially passionate about advocating for students on the following issues:

  • Internship Imbalance — In discussions of the internship imbalance, I will continue to reinforce the need to support students during the match process through clinical preparation, assistance with applications, and institutional support during matched and unmatched years. Recently, I was commissioned to assist in developing a national study, which revealed variable levels of program support for students during the match process. Recommendations derived from these findings were presented at a national meeting of program directors.
  • Diversity Training — After hearing mixed reviews from students across multiple universities regarding the quality of diversity training, I took on the initiative of identifying specific areas for improvement. As PI of a national study on the topic, I received an overwhelming response indicating that students wanted diversity training to increase emphasis on skills. In response, I organized a presentation that provided program directors with a contemporary approach to fostering multicultural competence, which incorporated cultural neuroscience and emphasized students' capability to seek and utilize culturally-sensitive clinical practices as a critical goal for graduate training.

As evidenced by these efforts, I take an intentional approach to identifying and addressing issues facing practice-oriented students. If elected, I will continue to assert the student perspective in important discussions and work to ensure the highest standards of training for future practitioners.

Jerritt Tucker
To the members of APAGS,

As the practice focus member-at-large, my role will be to establish joint projects and professional relationships with members of the Practice Directorate, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, the Commission on Accreditation and the Board of Professional Affairs. Several key issues requiring collaboration in the near future include solidifying psychologists' expanding role in health care, streamlining state accreditation standards and addressing the internship imbalance.

Both by intention, and necessity, I have navigated each of these issues in turn. I have served in several clinical positions at the edge our expanding role as psychologists (i.e. biofeedback and integrated health care settings), which has permitted conversations with doctors, nurses and community partners regarding our value as psychologists. I have lobbied at our state capital with the Iowa Psychological Association to allow for provisional licensure while completing postdoctoral training. I have also taken part in discussions on increasing funding for internship and postdoctoral positions within our state on our State Psychological Association (SPTA)'s Executive Council, and am currently organizing a panel to discuss this at our SPTA's spring conference. For more information about me and my work in these and other areas, please feel free to visit my professional website.

As a fourth-year student in the counseling psychology program at Iowa State University, I have witnessed first-hand not only the real, positive impacts we have on our clients and society at large but also the importance of speaking up for this role in a changing health care marketplace. With these experiences in hand and with a hopeful future as a practicing psychologist myself, I feel well-prepared and eager to work with all parties represented by APAGS to ensure that the needs of psychologists and the clients and communities we serve are addressed.


Jeritt R. Tucker, MS

Member-at-large, Research/Academic Focus
  • Establish relationships and joint projects with staff members of the Science Directorate.
  • Promote and support activities, projects and programs that foster increased support of and participation by research oriented graduate students.
  • Oversee the APAGS scholarship nomination, selection and award process.

Ian Gutierrez
The future of psychological science rests in the hands of today's APAGS graduate student membership. I find that truly exciting. Through the tools and knowledge that we produce, graduate scholars advance the state of the science and change society for the better. Unfortunately, the good that we do through our research too often goes unsupported. At a time when federal support for psychological research is under threat, graduate scholars need a passionate advocate to voice their concerns and lobby for the support that we need to become the scientists, teachers and scholars of tomorrow.

It would be honored to serve as that voice for emerging psychological scientists as the APAGS committee member-at-large for research/academic focus. As an executive member of the University of Connecticut's Graduate Student Senate, I have advocated for the needs of graduate students at my university. I am also passionate about social justice, as evidenced by my volunteer efforts at a local harm reduction center. My greatest passion, however, is psychological research. As a member of Division 36 (Religion and Spirituality) and Division 45 (Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), I have presented my research at national and divisional APA conventions. I also serve as a peer-reviewer for the New School Psychological Bulletin, an all-graduate run peer-review publication. I believe that the leadership skills I have gained through my activism in student governance, my commitment to social justice, and my passion for psychological science make me the right advocate for psychological scientists at APAGS.

If elected, I will:

  • Advocate for the creation of new funding sources for graduate research and dissertators.
  • Campaign for the expansion of pre-doctoral peer-review positions on APA journals.
  • Elevate the profile of emerging psychological scientists within APAGS and APA.

Please visit my website to learn more about me. Thank you for your support!

Sheila Modir
Sheila Modir is a third-year clinical psychology student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology department. This department is one of the few combined programs in the nation and adheres to a scientist-practitioner model with a heavy emphasis on developing academic and research skills. She has been a part of the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT) as a campus representative for her department and as a state advocacy coordinator for California. 

Her research focuses on understanding cultural minority groups and their experiences of discriminations, as well as protective factors such as emotion regulation and coping. With her experience in advocacy and strong background in research, Sheila understands the importance of the necessary training that graduate students need in order to enter the scientific workforce.

The following are the research and academic goals that Sheila hopes to focus on while serving as the member-at-large:

  • Collaborating with the  APAGS Science Committee  and  APA's Science Directorate to secure and maintain funding through established grants, such as the Basic Psychological Science grant, as well as assist in the development of new grants.
  • Advocating and increasing awareness of available fellowship opportunities for research-focused students.
  • Increasing opportunities for graduate student publications in the student-centered APA publication Translational Issues in Psychological Science .
  • Preparing students to take on academic positions through providing mentorship opportunities. 
  • Developing more tools and resources designed to engage scientist in advocacy on behalf of their research interests.

Preparing students to continue work in the scientific field and take on academic positions is an important part of the future of psychology. As an aspiring scientist in psychology, Sheila hopes to facilitate more opportunities for future independent scholars.

Natalie Troxel
Research- and academically-oriented graduate students hold a unique position within APAGS. As our practice-oriented colleagues manage an internship crisis, growing student-loan debts and a changing health care environment, we face the continued reduction of basic-science research funding, the further adjunctification of universities, and the public's misunderstanding of our science. While it may not be possible for APAGS to address (let alone solve!) all of these concerns, I believe all graduate students can work as allies to strengthen professional psychology for future students.

For the past two years, I served as a member of the APAGS Science Committee, which allowed me to be part of the review process for multiple scholarships and awards, the organization of convention programming, and the development of an APAGS-sponsored journal. I further served APAGS by acting as liaison to the Board of Scientific Affairs during their biannual meetings, during which I met members of the Science Student Council and spoke with representatives of the Science Directorate about expanding their outreach to students and early-career scientists.

I will focus on three core principles, all concerned with strengthening the role of research and academia within APAGS:

  • Research Funding: continue to fight for basic-science research funding for students and discuss ways that funding might be expanded.
  • Dissemination of Science: work with the Science Directorate to develop effective methods of accurately reporting psychological science to the lay-public.
  • Training and Education: expand access to quality research and teaching mentorship for academic psychologists and ease the internship crisis for clinical psychologists.

My experiences have left me optimistic about the future of APAGS as the voices of students are heard more than ever within APA and more leaders are attuned to the needs of research-oriented students. It would be my honor to serve as your research and academia member-at-large.

Visit me online for more information.