Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board


The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of 10 students who are chosen to represent the student membership within Div. 54. The SAB is made up of three committees: the Membership Committee, the Student Spotlight Committee and the Program Committee. This board works with the student representative to promote student interests in division programming, structure, and training, and to encourage other students to get involved.

Student Representative


Carolina Bejarano, University of Kansas (2019, 2020)

Student Advisory Board Members


Membership Committee

  • Megan Schaefer, Auburn University (2018, 2019)
  • Perri Tutelman, Dalhousie University (2018, 2019)
  • Desiree Wiliford, West Virginia University (2019, 2020)
  • Robert Gilber, University of Cincinnati (2019, 2020)

Programming Committee

  • Colleen Bechtel Driscoll, Loyola University (2018, 2019)
  • Alexa Stern, Loyola University (2019, 2020)
  • Elizabeth Ruzicka, Kent State University (2019, 2020)

Student Spotlight/Website Committee

  • Christina Sharkey, Oklahoma State University (2018, 2019)
  • Kimberly Klages, University of Memphis (2018, 2019)
  • Emily Schultz, University of Cincinnati (2019, 2020)

Student Representative


The Student Representative coordinates and oversees all SAB-related activities by leading SAB meetings and assisting SAB Committees with their respective responsibilities. The Student Representative serves as the liaison between students and the Executive Board of the Division by serving as a voting Board member. The Student Representative also writes On the Student Front articles for the Progress Notes Division newsletter, attends and assists with planning of the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference and APA Convention, and attends all Executive Board meetings. 

Duties:

  • Attend the Division's Executive Board meetings at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC), the APA Convention, and the Midwinter Meeting
  • Assist the Division Membership Chair in recruiting student members to the Division
  • Assist the Division Programming Chairs with SPPAC and APA planning, and serve on the Division Programming Committee
  • Serve as leader of the SAB by overseeing SAB Committee responsibilities and by leading SAB meetings during SPPAC and APA and as needed via phone/video conferencing
  • Work with the Division President and Incoming President on selection of new SAB members
  • Communicate with all student members through the Progress Notes newsletter, the student and general listserv, and email
  • Bring student issues related to the training and preparation of pediatric psychologists to the attention of the Division
  • Develop programming and services that address students’ needs

Membership Committee


This committee oversees student membership, coordinates with other SPP committees to enhance membership, and recruits new student members. Some of the tasks the membership committee has recently worked on include the development of a brochure for patients and parents explaining the role of pediatric psychologists in medical settings, collaborating with the International Committee and the Network of Campus Representatives to increase recruitment of international students, updating the list of graduate programs and internships that offer training in pediatric psychology, and posting regularly in the Division 54 Facebook group.

Duties:

  • Identify individuals willing to promote SPP membership and encourage them to do so
  • Expand student membership beyond psychology by providing information about SPP to medical/nursing students, social work students, child life students, etc.
  • Explore other ways to increase student membership (e.g., collaborating with International Committee and Network of Campus Representatives
  • Develop and distribute brochures
  • Network & discuss student membership at conferences

Student Spotlight/Website Committee


This committee oversees several projects. The Graduate Student Spotlight Award and Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate Student Spotlight Award were initiated to acknowledge students in pediatric psychology. This award functions as a way to highlight the achievement of graduate and undergraduate/post-baccalaureate students and introduce these outstanding students to professionals in the field. This committee is also involved in updating and generating new ideas for the student portion of the SPP website. Finally, members of this committee maintain the Division 54 student listserv.

Duties:

  • Organize calls for nominations for the Graduate and Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate Student Spotlight Award
  • Review Spotlight Award applications
  • Choose an outstanding student to highlight in each edition of Progress Notes
  • Brainstorm with other students to generate new ideas for the SPP student website
  • Organize materials to be posted on the website
  • Maintain the Division 54 Student email list (e.g., add new members, remove members who are no longer students, respond to members’ questions)

Programming Committee


This committee plans student programming at APA and the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention (SPPAC). Members of this committee work with other members of the Student Advisory Board to generate ideas about Division Programming at conferences. Previous student programming has included student socials, mentoring luncheons, poster sessions, and student-focused talks and panels. Ideas are often generated by contacting students and professionals in the field regarding discussions and events that they would like to see at conferences. Students also aid in conference coordination both prior to the conference and during.

Duties:

  • Communicate with other students and professionals in the field regarding topics of interest to inform conference programming
  • Plan student activities at conferences, including social hours and student-related sessions
  • Attend APA and SPPAC to organize and implement student events

Network of Campus Representatives


The primary focus of the Network of Campus Representatives (NCR) is to increase awareness about pediatric psychology on college/university campuses, with particular attention to the undergraduate level. NCR representatives are typically (but not limited to) graduate students with research and/or clinical interests in pediatric psychology.

Duties:

  • Present information about pediatric psychology in various settings such as at Psi Chi meetings, relevant psychology classes, undergraduate research and involvement programs, and program-wide seminars. A PowerPoint and flyer will be provided to campus representatives.
  • Contribute ideas for how to best promote pediatric psychology as the field continues to grow.
  • Complete a very brief report to provide feedback and suggestions to NCR coordinators.

If you are interested in becoming a campus representative, please contact Student Advisory Board members and NCR coordinators Megan Schaefer (mrs0053@tigermail.auburn.edu) and Bobby Gibler (giblerrt@mail.uc.edu) with your name, school, contact information, and a short statement of interest.​

NCR Members (contact NCR coordinators, see paragraph above, to easily get in touch with members)

  • Olivia Tiffany, Alliant International University
  • Margaret Young, Auburn University
  • Lauren Paige Wruble, Ball State University
  • Mauricio Montes, Binghamton University
  • Alex Keller, Boston University
  • Nicole MacKenzie, Dalhousie University
  • Perri Tutelman Dalhousie University
  • Anjana Jagpal, DePaul University
  • Melissa Engel, Emory University
  • Taylor MacLean, Kean University- Nathan Weiss Graduate College
  • Jessie Schulman, La Salle University
  • Adrien Winning, Loyola University
  • Nacona Bunker, Midwestern University
  • Sydney Thompson, Midwestern University-Downers Grove
  • Zachary Arcona, Nova Southeastern University
  • Cynthia Torres, Nova Southeastern University
  • Caroline Roberts, Oklahoma State University
  • Nicole Ruppe, Oklahoma State University
  • Kristen Boog, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Caroline Gonynor, Texas A&M University
  • Kathryn Thompson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Jennifer Scheurich, University of Central Florida
  • Katlyn Garr, University of Cincinnati
  • Reka Princi Kovacs, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Kassie Flewelling, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Stefania Pinto, University of Florida
  • Kelly Rea, University of Georgia
  • Sahar S. Eshtehardi, University of Houston
  • Alexandra Monzon, University of Kansas
  • Adrian Ortega, University of Kansas
  • Mary Keenan, University of Memphis
  • Estefany Saez-Flores, University of Miami
  • Kaitlyn Brodar, University of Miami
  • Zabin Patel, University of Miami
  • Chelsea Kozikowski, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
  • Mirae Fornander, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Caroline Cummings, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Heather Engblom, University of North Dakota
  • Alice Willie, University of Northern Colorado
  • Kristina Rosetti, University of South Alabama
  • Julia Johnston, University of South Carolina
  • Meredith Ehrhardt, University of Tulsa
  • MaryJane Campbell, University of Utah
  • Alfonso Floyd, Jr. , Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Courtney Yahle, Wright State University
  • Jessica McCarthy, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
  • Maya Marzouk, Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology)

Social Media


 

Student Listserv


SPP student members can join the student listserv by emailing SPP.StudentRep@gmail.com

Graduate Programs, Pre-doctoral Internships, and Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology


Check out our training resources page for lists of APA-accredited graduate programs, APA-accredited internships, and fellowships with an emphasis on pediatric psychology.

APA/APAGS Statement


SPP and the SAB would like to encourage its student members to join the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). There are many benefits to individual student members including: periodicals focused on graduate student issues, research grants, travel funding, reduced conference registration, scholarships, and the opportunity to serve professional psychology at the national level through APA/APAGS governance.

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