American Volume 2, Number 4
Association APAGS Projects and Communications Coordinator
of Graduate Students Carol Williams-Nickelson, Psy.D.,
APAGS Associate Executive Director
Science and Research
APAGS continues to make strides in making more information available and increasing training opportunities to
In this issue: assist graduate students focused on academic and research careers in psychology.
Interested in a What’s New?
The APA Science Student Council (SSC) and APAGS continue to work together on a variety
of issues important to students. At the Fall 2004 SSC meeting, several possible topics were discussed
Attend this for convention programs (e.g. Balance issues, Increasing Post-Doc salaries, NIH information/
FREE forum....1 procedures).
Consider con- You’re Invited! APAGS is collaborating with the Federation of Behavior, Psychological, and
tributing to a Cognitive Sciences to host a full day science forum titled ‘Non-Academic Careers in Behavioral,
new APAGS- Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences’. The forum, designed to address the various issues involved
LGBT Resource with the non-academic career path, will take place on December 3, 2004 in Washington, DC, and is
Guide................4 free to students. The full agenda can be found on Page 9.
It’s not too late! PSY21 – This is a new initiative of the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA), to help psychology meet
Submit a pro- the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit:
posal for the www.apa.org/science/psy21.html.
2005 APA Con- Get Involved!
Start early! Although the deadlines for APAGS scholarships and awards aren’t until next sum-
mer, plan ahead and begin preparing your proposals now! For specific information on the types of
Interested in scholarships APAGS has to offer and their respective requirements and deadlines, visit: http://
working at APA? www.apa.org/apags/members/schawrds.html.
Read about a
new APAGS If you have general feedback or questions relating to science and research issues, please
position............8 contact the APAGS Member at Large, Research/Academic Focus at the email
For More Information: Roughly 25% of APAGS members plan to
Jason R. Frizzell, M.A. become researchers, bench scientists, or
Member at Large-Research/Academic Focus academicians (Monitor on Psychology,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sept. 2001).
Fun Fact Education
The APAGS Member at Large, Education Focus represents
The first issue of students in all areas of education and training. 2
APAGS student What’s New?
magazine, was Have questions about finding the right practicum? How
launched May does practicum relate to internship? APAGS is currently
2003. working on a resource to help you answer many ques-
tions relating to practicum. The “Succeeding in
Practicum” resource guide for students is collec-
tive project between students and psychologists that will
Communication provide valuable information on topics like finding a
The APAGS Member at Large, Communication Focus practicum site, professional behavior and ethics, and
coordinates a variety of communication efforts that help get gaining the most out of supervision. Look for this
information to you via multiple pathways, including web, resource in 2005.
listservs, print, and verbal communication.
APAGS recently wrote three articles for the APPIC
What’s New? Newsletter. The first addressed what supervisees want
Dreading the dissertation process? In the January from supervisors. The second discussed interview
issue of gradPSYCH, look for the start of a six-part questions that may make students uncomfortable. The
series on the dissertation. In January, dissertation third, a collaboration between a graduate student and
advisers will dish tips on picking a topic and getting the APAGS Member at Large-Diversity Focus, exam-
started. Future issues will cover research methodol- ined disability issues relating to the internship applica-
ogy, data collection, the dissertation defense and tion process.
more! You can also join the APAGS listserv, APAGS-
DISHELP, a community of support for completing APAGS recently attended the Council of Chairs of
your dissertation journey! Training Councils (CCTC) meeting that involves
many training affiliated groups. At this meeting APAGS
Also in gradPSYCH, read about how to find a advocated the student perspective in relation to many
mentor, how to nurture the relationship, and how to training issues like internship supply and demand,
address difficulties should they arise. practicum training, and diversity training.
Leadership opportunities are available by joining the Get Involved!
APAGS Division Student Representative APAGS continues to host a listserv for students who
Network (DSRN). Visit www.apa.org/apags/ are involved in their predoctoral internship.
getinv/dsrninstructions.html for details. APAGSINTERNSHIP is a list for interns to discuss
various issues relating to being on internship. Visit
Get Involved: http://www.apa.org/apags/members/listserv.html to
Join one of our many listservs and participate in join the list.
online discussion with your peers about topics of
interest to you. Available lists and subscription For More Information:
instructions are available at www.apa.org/apags/ Michael Madson, MSE
members/listserv.html. APAGS Member at Large-Education Focus
For More Information:
Ira Saiger, Ph.D. Fun Fact:
APAGS Member at Large-Communication Focus An appointed APAGS representative
Email: email@example.com has full voting membership on the
Committee on Accreditation (CoA).
The Member at Large , Recruitment and Retention position focuses on increasing
the number of APAGS members and retaining an exisiting membership that Fun Fact:
reflects the diversity of psychology. Promotion of unity within the field and As an APAGS mem-
recruiting and retaining students from under-represented groups is emphasized. ber you are eligible
for APAGS’ scholar-
What’s New? ships and awards, can
Five members of the APAGS Committee and APAGS staff met in subscribe to a wide
Washington, DC on September 25th to discuss an APAGS-specific array of listservs
membership recruitment and retention product/presentation. targeted to your
The working group identified its intended audience, discussed specific interests,
format and medium options, and outlined key information to receive the American
include in the presentation. The final product will allow members Psychologist, Monitor
of the APAGS-ACT Network, APAGS Committee members, and on Psychology and
faculty mentors to conduct APAGS informational sessions on their gradPSYCH, receive
campuses. A first draft of the presentation is scheduled to be discounts off APA
complete by January 2005. books and journals,
gain access to Profes-
sional Liability Insur-
ance from the APA
APAGS Members: If you have not done so,
Insurance Trust, and
please take a moment to complete your
membership renewal form. Your member-
ship is critical to ensuring that APAGS has the
resources to continue its successful advocacy
efforts on behalf of psychology students
Join APAGS! Visit http://www.apa.org/membership/stuapp.html to print out
an application. Get involved TODAY!
If you have any suggestions or ideas relating to membership issues, please contact
the APAGS Member at Large-Membership Focus at the email provided below.
Student Affiliates account for approximately 41,000 members of APA. That is almost
one-third of APA’s total membership!
For More Information:
Laura Reigada, APAGS Member at Large,
Recruitment and Retention
The APAGS Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (APAGS-CLGBTC) addresses issues and concerns 4
important to LGBT graduate students and makes recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into APAGS activities.
The 2004-05 deadline for applications for new CLGBTC committee
members has passed. In the coming weeks, the new CLGBTC members
will be announced. Look for announcements introducing this remarkable
group of leaders in LGBT issues in psychology. Fun Fact:
APAGS has a listserv
The APAGS Committee recently endorsed the development of a resource
(APAGSLGBT) that allows
guide that will address the unique experiences of LGBT students. This students to discuss issues
LGBT Resource Guide will include information about overcoming relevant to LGBT con-
obstacles inherent in having an LGBT identity in graduate school as well as cerns.
the importance of utilizing the strengths characteristic of individuals with
diverse identities. Read on to find out how you can contribute to this
CLGBTC is currently seeking contributors for the LGBT guide. We are looking for submissions that address
1) heterosexist biases in graduate training, 2) the unique issues of LGBT individuals in, for example, coursework
and practica, 3) advocacy for a LGBT-affirmative institutional climate, 4) the establishment of a support network in
graduate schools, 5) seeking a mentorship relationship, and 6) conducting LGBT-related research in graduate
school. If you would be interested in contributing to this guide, please contact your CLGBTC Chair at the email
provided below. We look forward to hearing from you!
For More Information:
John Pachankis, Chair
The APAGS Member at Large, Diversity Focus advocates for the needs of diverse students within and outside APA. Efforts focus on
ethnic heritage, women’s issues, ageism, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
Visit http://www.apa.org/pi/cdip to download a copy of the new Resource Guide for Psychology Graduate
Students with Disabilities. For a hard copy please call APAGS at (202) 336-6014; TDD/TTY: (202) 336-5662.
Visit http://www.apa.org/apags/members/listserv.html to join APAGSWOMEN, a forum for the discussion of
issues related to women balancing their personal and professional lives, as psychology graduate students. The list is
open to women, men, students, and psychologists alike!
For More Information:
Kelly Arnemann, MS, APAGS Member at Large-Diversity
Ethnic Minority Issues
The APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (APAGS-CEMA) works to represent and advocate for ethnic minority graduate
students in psychology.
The APAGS Committee recently approved a three-part program related to the development of a CEMA Peer-
Mentoring Program for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students. CEMA will first gather information on the
current status of mentoring programs for ethnic minority graduate students in psychology. Based on this report, a year
long pilot program will be conducted. Ultimately, APAGS-CEMA plans to develop a national peer-mentoring program
that pairs interested first and second year ethnic minority students with upper level, ethnic minority students in order to
facilitate their development and advancement. Keep an eye on future Campus Bulletins for updates on this exciting
Apply for the APAGS-CEMA Grant Program! Two $500 grants will be awarded for the 2005 spring semester.
These grants are awarded to graduate student organization to provide seed monies to help support the development and
implementation of relevant projects or training events for students. The deadline for proposal submittal is December 1,
2004. Please visit http://www.apa.org/apags/members/schawrds.html for details..
Join the Ethnic Minority Student Organization Network (EMSON) today! This network is for graduate
psychology organizations that focus on ethnic minority issues. The Network will disseminate information and facilitate
communication between ethnic minority graduate students and APAGS-CEMA.
For More Information: Fun Fact:
Nadia T. Hasan Approximately 25% of APAGS mem-
bers are ethnic minority students (Moni-
tor on Psychology, Sept. 2001).
The APAGS Member at Large, Practice Focus is charged with addressing practice related issues and diligently working to facilitate the needs of
The APAGS Executive Committee recently appointed Kevin Chapman as the new Member at Large, Practice Focus. Mr.
Chapman has been an active member of the ACT Network for several years and brings invaluable experience in advocacy
and practice-related issues to the APAGS Committee.
APAGS has an active liaisonship with the Committee of Professional Practice
(CAPP) which allows us to stay informed regarding prescription privileges, profes-
sional training, empirically supported treatments, and licensing.
APAGS members re-
Join the CLINAPAGS and MENTORS listserv in order for graduate students to
ceive free access to
discuss practice-related issues. Visit http://www.apa.org/apags/members/
www.APApractice.org, listserv.html for more information.
as well as the Practice
Organization’s e-news- For More Information
letter, PracticeUpdate. Contact Kevin Chapman
APAGS Member at Large- Practice Focus
Legislative Advocacy 6
The APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (APAGS-ACT) continues to address legislative issues that impact psychology
graduate students, our profession, and the recipients of psychological services. APAGS-ACT also coordinates the network of
student representatives that serves as the pipeline for information to and from APAGS and the students on your campus.
-APAGS-ACT provides continued guidance to help you lobby your legislators on important issues. Recent
issues include: Mental health parity, Scientific Integrity, the Garrett Lee Smith Act, and the
Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.
-Three members of the ACT committee had the opportunity to attend the annual Education Leadership
Conference (September 10-13, 2004). ACT members engaged in advocacy training and visited their
legislators on Capital Hill to lobby for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program. GPE provides
grants to APA-accredited doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs in support of interdisciplinary
training of psychology students for the provision of psychological services to underserved populations (i.e.,
older adults, children, chronically ill, and victims of abuse and trauma), especially in rural and urban commu-
-The ACT committee created and is in the process of disseminating The Faculty Mentor Handbook.
The purpose of this handbook is: a) to educate faculty mentors
about ACT and APAGS, b) to highlight CR responsibilities
within ACT, and c) to encourage faculty support of CRs partici-
pation in ACT. Fun Fact:
The APAGS-ACT Network
-ACT encouraged all APAGS members to register to VOTE in consists of over 250
the 2004 general election. A document highlighting the various Campus Representatives,
ways to register was disseminated throughout the ACT network 50 State Advocacy Coordi-
via personalized emails and listservs. nators, 6 Regional Advo-
cacy Coordinators, and the
-ACT continues to highlight exceptional leadership abilities ACT Chair. Visit http://
through the monthly Excellence in Leadership Award to an www.apa.org/apags/
outstanding State Advocacy Coordinator (SAC) and the monthly advocacy/act.html to learn
Excellence in Campus Leadership Award to Campus more!
Representatives within the network.
-APAGS continues to promote the use of the legislative tools included in the
APA Practice Portal (www..apapractice.org) which allows students to draft automatic, electronic letters to
their legislators by simply typing in their zip code.
Respond to “action alerts” forwarded by your APAGS- ACT Campus
Representative. Contact your legislators according to the easy-to-follow
instructions so that YOU can make a difference.
For More Information:
The APAGS Convention Committee reviews and selects all APAGS convention programming. They are 7
also responsible for planning special programs, student social events, and networking opportunities during
convention. The Convention Committee consists of five appointed student members.
Present at the 2005 APA Convention!
The 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Asso-
ciation will take place August 18-21, 2005 in Washington, DC.
That might seem far off, but now is the time to think about present-
ing your work at this prestigious event!
By presenting at the APA convention, you will not only gain valu-
APA Convention sites have
able knowledge and professional contacts, but also professional
been selected through
experience unlike any other available to most graduate students.
2012. Convention could
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity share your ideas and insights
be coming to a city near
with a national audience!
for complete details on submitting a convention proposal to
2006-New Orleans, LA
APAGS. Details on APA’s convention policies are available on the
2007-San Francisco, CA
APA Web site at www.apa.org/convention. APAGS follows APA
rules for submissions, so if you plan on presenting at APA or other
major conferences in the future, this is a great way to learn the
2010-San Diego, CA
process and refine your skills. Program options for APAGS include
poster presentations and programs (symposia, conversation hours,
Materials must be received in the APAGS Central
Office by December 3, 2004
to be considered. Only electronic
submissions will be accepted.
Please feel free to contact APAGS at
(202) 336-6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
For More Information:
Rufus R. Gonzales, M.Ed.
APAGS Convention Committee Chair
The APAGS Central Office is located at the APA headquarters in Washington, DC. APAGS is staffed by an
Associate Executive Director, Projects and Communications Coordinator, Governance Operations and Programs
Officer, and Administrative Assistant.
Work at APA!
Interested in working at the APA Central Office? APAGS is currently seeking a Master’s or (prefer-
ably) Doctoral level candidate for the Governance Operations and Programs Officer position.
The new Officer position will support and manage all the APAGS subcommittees, oversee special
projects and staff working groups, attend meetings of allied psychological organizations to represent
APAGS, and much more. A full description of the position will soon be available at::
Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to:
APA Human Resources Or by email to:
Application for APAGS Officer Position email@example.com
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The APAGS Associate Executive Director presented the popular APAGS
Internship Workshop at the second annual Maryland Psychological Associa-
tion Convention in Baltimore on October 1. Interested in hosting an
APAGS Internship Workshop or Focus group on your campus? Visit
http://www.apa.org/apags/getinv/ontheroad.html and learn how!
For more information:
APAGS Central Office Staff:
Carol Williams-Nickelson, Psy.D. Starleetah Gaddis
Associate Executive Director, APAGS Administrative Assistant
Project and Communications Coordinator
Non-Academic Careers in Behavioral,
Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences Apply for APAGS Funding!
Friday, December 3, 2004, 9:00am – 5:00pm
APAGS is offering ten $100
750 First St, NE, Washington, DC, 9th Floor Conference Room
stipends to help fund APAGS
RSVP preferred by December 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org or
members wishing to attend this
forum. If you would like to be
considered for a $100 stipend
Session One, 9:00 – 9:45
please send a brief letter (1-2
pages max) explaining your
Introductions/Overview of the Day’s Events
interest in the forum, how the
Jill Egeth, PhD (Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and
stipend will facilitate your atten-
dance, and confirming your
Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD (American Psychological
status as an APAGS member.
Association of Graduate Students)
Please submit your letter of
interest via email to Betsy
Highlights of A Non-Traditional Career
Horrocks, APAGS Projects and
Norman Anderson, PhD (CEO, American Psychological
(email@example.com) by Novem-
Session Two, 9:45am – 12:15pm
Careers for New PhDs
William C. Howell, PhD (Arizona State University; Rice University)
Historical perspectives on careers in psychology, recent trends in career selections, and departmental
perceptions of those students pursuing alternative careers
Lisa Kozlowski, PhD (Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University)
Postdoctoral statistics, perceptions, best practices for advising students, and ways that departments can
work with advising centers to provide the best, discipline-specific resources
David Christopher (Recruitment Coordinator, Congressional Research Service)
An overview of career opportunities for research-trained PhDs within the federal government
Catered Lunch, 12:15 – 1:00
Session Three, 1:00 – 3:30
Philip Rubin, PhD (CEO Haskins Laboratories)
A former National Science Foundation rotator discusses mid-career transitions and presents information
on opportunities for those who are interested in making such a change
Kathie Olsen, PhD (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, participation tentative)
A discussion of her own mid-career transition and advice for others interested in transitioning
Alexandra Lord (Historian, National Public Health Service; Creator of Beyond Academe)
A review of Beyond Academe, a website created to advise PhDs in history who are interested in “outside the
box” non-academic options, much of which can be generalized to address analogous situations in the
Break 3:30 – 3:50
General Discussion and Planning for the Future (3:50 – 5:00)
Day will conclude with a Happy Hour Reception