Psychology graduate students elected three new officers of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) in April. The new student leaders will join the incumbent officers in voicing students' experiences and concerns to APA and other psychology groups.
For example, APAGS officers have recently represented student interests at meetings of the APA Board of Directors, APA Council of Representatives and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Officers also help plan student-focused APA Annual Convention sessions, develop ideas for guides and resources--such as the recently released "Practicum Resource Guide" (see page 7)--and advocate for student-friendly legislation.
This year's APAGS officers plan to tackle such issues as increasing science-focused students' participation in APAGS and internship supply and demand. Here's a wrap-up of their experience and plans.
Michael Madson, PhD,APAGS chair
Program:Counseling psychology, Marquette University
Madson graduated from Marquette University in August and is an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Before the APAGS committee appointed him as chair, Madson served as the member-at-large for education and was on the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT).
As chair, Madson has set four goals:
Welcoming science student members. Madson will step up APAGS efforts to serve the needs of research-focused students at the same level as clinically focused students.
Enhancing APAGS structure and function. Madson will tap his fellow officers to examine how APAGS can be structuredso that its leaders can better collaborate.
Increasing diversity in all its forms. Madson will solicit input from a range of groups to ensure APAGS is considering diverse ideas. Moreover, he will explore how APAGS can foster more diversity among students in its leadership positions.
Addressing internship supply and demand. Although Madson says APAGS alone can't solve the field's internship shortage (see Match data, page 7), he plans to strongly advocate for internship stakeholders to frankly discuss the causes and possible solutions.
Kristi Sands Van Sickle,APAGS chair-elect
Program:Clinical psychology, Florida Institute of Technology
E-mail:Kristi Van Sickle
Van Sickle's prior APAGS involvement includes serving as a state and regional advocacy coordinator for APAGS-ACT and before that as the APAGS campus representative at her school. "Those leadership roles have greatly enhanced my graduate school experience," she says. "As an officer, I can do even more to promote student interests."
Van Sickle will serve as APAGS chair-elect this school year, chair next year and past chair in the 2007-2008 year. Her emphases will include diversity, internship availability and optimizing the benefits of APAGS membership.
She will begin a clinical internship with the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., this fall. Before entering graduate school, she earned a master's degree in taxation and spent eight years as a certified public accountant.
L. Kevin Chapman, APAGS member-at-large (practice)
Program:Clinical psychology, University of Louisville
Chapman's duties include keeping practice-oriented students abreast of practice trends and information and speaking up for students' interests, such as at APA's annual practice-oriented State Leadership Conference. He also serves as the APAGS liaison to APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. In his first year as the practice representative, Chapman co-edited the APAGS "Practicum Resource Guide" and collaborated with APA's Practice Directorate to present a session at APA's 2005 Annual Convention on starting and building an independent practice. He is currently working with Practice Directorate staff to add more information pertinent to graduate students to www.apapractice.org, an online resource provided by the APA Practice Organization. Chapman is a fourth-year student on internship with the Jefferson County Internship Consortium in Louisville, Ky., where he works with children and adults with anxiety disorders, among other clients. He plans to continue working with anxiety disorder clients as a professional and remain involved in public policy advocacy.
Julie Jenks Kettmann,APAGS member-at-large (education)
Program:Counseling psychology, University of Iowa
E-mail:Julie Jenks Kettmann
Jenks Kettmann is a fourth-year student and serving her first term as member-at-large for education. She advocates for student interests at all levels of education--from training to internship to postdoc--with such groups as APPIC and the Council of Chairs of Training Councils. She encourages students to provide her with feedback on their experiences--especially on the internship process.
Jenks Kettmann previously spent three years as a campus, state and regional coordinator with APAGS-ACT. She also served on the executive council of the Iowa Psychological Association. She plans to pursue a career in academia training undergraduate and graduate students and also in private practice.
Candice Conner,APAGS member-at-large (communications)
Program:Clinical psychology, Argosy University/Dallas
Conner is a third-year, PsyD student who works full time as a school-based counselor for troubled adolescents. She holds a master's degree in counseling, which she earned while teaching high school social studies for four years.
Conner served asan APAGS campus representative for the Argosy/Dallas campus. Once she learned about APAGS and its resources as a new student, she pledged to spread the word about the benefits.
As the member-at-large for communications, she'll do that through helping to organize the APAGS Campus Bulletin newsletter and helping to market APAGS programs and services. She also hopes to encourage other nontraditional students to complete their training.
Laura Reigada,APAGS member-at-large (membership recruitment and retention)
Program:Clinical and school psychology, Hofstra University
Reigada's aim is to attract and retain APAGS members. She intends to promote membership benefits by engaging students in new services and programs. She holds two master's degrees: one from Teachers College at Columbia University in psychology and education and one from Hofstra University in clinical and school psychology. Reigada is a fifth-year student in Hofstra's combined clinical and school doctoral program and currently is an intern at St. John's Hospital in Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Patrick Bennett,PhD , APAGS consultant
Program:Social psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
Bennett completed his degree in May and is an assistant professor at Indiana State University, where he's continuing his research on the impact of prayer on health. He previously served as an APAGS member-at-large for research/academics and chair of the 2001 APAGS Convention Committee. As a consultant to APAGS, Bennett serves as a sounding board for the APAGS officers on research and academic issues and other areas.
The APAGS member-at-large seats for diversity and for research and academic issues were vacant at gradPSYCH press time. To get involved as an APAGS officer, look for the list of projected openings on the APAGS Web site (www.apa.org/apags) and listservs this fall.