TOPSS Speakers Bureau

The TOPSS Speakers Bureau provides an opportunity for high school and community college teachers to find and contact local psychologists who are available to visit psychology classrooms to speak with students. Speakers can discuss their careers and various experiences in psychology, including respective areas of research or expertise. The Speakers Bureau helps enable young students to learn more about psychology, and participating psychologists have the satisfaction of sharing their experiences with eager students.


This listing was updated in May 2013. It now includes an option showing which speakers are willing to Skype into a classroom for a talk.


Please contact Emily Leary Chesnes with any questions, or with the following information:

High School Teachers

Teachers can directly contact individual speakers listed in their regional bureau. If a speaker you contact through the TOPSS Speakers Bureau visits your school, please let us know so that we can better track speaker usage.


Psychologists interested in participating in the TOPSS Speakers Bureau should send us their name, contact information (including institution or affiliation) and area of expertise or experience. Please be sure to include your location.

Participating speakers should note that this is a volunteer program. Any visit to a school for classroom presentation should be done without seeking compensation.

TOPSS Speakers Bureaus by Region

These faculty and other professionals have volunteered to work collaboratively with local teachers. APA does not necessarily endorse or validate these speakers or the content of their talks. The speakers do not necessarily represent the views of APA.
  • Eastern
    Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

  • Midwestern
    Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee

  • Northeastern
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

  • Plains
    Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

  • Rocky Mountain
    Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

  • Southeastern
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina

  • Southwestern
    Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

  • Western
    Alaska, California, Hawai‘i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

  • Canada