The American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is the voice of high school psychology teachers within the APA. One of the most important opportunities APA and TOPSS provide high school teachers is the ability to connect with teachers at a local level.

TOPSS maintains a listing of local, regional or state groups or conferences (workshops) for high school psychology teachers (some include community college and undergraduate faculty as well). Contacts for each group are included. Please note that any group using a “TOPSS” name is not formally affiliated with APA. Since TOPSS is a trademarked name, any state, local or regional group of high school psychology teachers that uses “TOPSS” must complete a form and agree to the statement provided (PDF, 153KB).

The APF High School Psychology Teacher Network Grants encourage and support the development of new networks of teachers in areas currently lacking such groups.

If you have a group you would like to add to this page, please contact TOPSS.

Local/State Groups or Conferences for High School Psychology Teachers Arizona California Florida Illinois Indiana Iowa Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey North Carolina Oklahoma Utah Virginia Wisconsin Delaware

Alabama

  • Alabama Teachers of Psychology (AlaTOP)
    Contacts: Matt Ferguson (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Christie Morman (Homewood, Ala.)

Arizona

  • Arizona Psychology Teachers

    There is a Google group to communicate with members.
    Contact: R. Scott Reed (Chandler, Ariz.)
    Meeting: There are plans to hold an annual meeting each March.

California

  • Southern California Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (SCATOPSS)
    Contact: Jaclyn Parslow (Fontana, Calif.)

Delaware

  • Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)

Florida

  • Duval County AP Psychology Professional Learning Community
    Contact: Mary Krieger (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • South Florida Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
    Contact: Kimberly Patterson (Plantation, Fla.)

Illinois

  • Chicago Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (CHITOPSS)

    Serves Illinois but most of the participants will be from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Some teachers from Southern Wisconsin also attend.
    Contact: Nancy Fenton (Lincolnshire, Ill.)
    Meeting: Holds an annual meeting.
  • Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology (MISTOP)

    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Pat Puccio (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

Indiana

  • Indiana High School Psychology Teachers Association Conference
    Contacts: Amanda Vanderbur (Zionsville, Ind.), Bethany Neal-Beliveau (Indianapolis)
    Meeting: Held annually in March.

Iowa

  • Iowa Teachers of Psychology (IToP)

    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Linda Walsh (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Maryland

  • Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)

    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Diane Finley (Largo, Md.)
    Meeting: Held annually in the fall.

Massachusetts

  • New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP)
    Contact: Michael Hamilton (Hopkinton, Mass.)
    Meeting: Held annually in August.

Minnesota

  • Minnesota Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MNTOPSS)
    Contact: Mike Berndt (Sartell, Minn.)
    Meeting: Held annually in May.

New Jersey

  • Monmouth Regional High School Psychology Conference
    Contact: Audrey Dill (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
    Meeting: Held annually in October.

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Teachers of Psychology
    Contact: Steve Jones (Durham, N.C.)

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology (ONTOP)

    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Shelia Kennison (Stillwater, Okla.)

Utah

  • Utah Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS)
    Contact: Kristin H. Whitlock (Bountiful, Utah)
    Meeting: Held annually in the fall.

Virginia

  • Virginia Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (VATOPSS)
    Contact: Steven Turner (Charlottesville, Va.)
    Meeting: Held annually in the spring.

  • Local network of psychology teachers in Virginia Beach, Va.
    Contact: Jackie Mowery (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Wisconsin

  • Center of Wisconsin Teachers of Psychology Symposium (COWTOPS)
    Contact: Amy Ramponi (Kimberly, Wis.); Follow on Twitter at @amyramponi
    Meeting: Held annually in the spring.

  • Fox Valley Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (FOXTOPSS)
    Contact: Amy Ramponi (Kimberly, Wis.); Follow on Twitter at @amyramponi
    Meeting: Held biannually in the spring and fall.

  • Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)
    Contact: Kent Korek (Germantown, Wis.)
    Meetings: Biannual evening meetings typically held in the fall (October/November) and spring (April/May).

Virtual Groups for Psychology Teachers

  • Virtual Teachers of Psychology
    Contact: Lindsey Sublett