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.
Carolina Bejarano, University of Kansas (2019, 2020)
Student Advisory Board Members
- 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)
- 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)
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
- 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.
- 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 Julia LaMotte (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nour Al Ghriwati (email@example.com) 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)
- Mauricio Montes Binghamton University
- Alex Keller Boston University
- Perri Tutelman Dalhousie University
- Anjana Jagpal DePaul
- Carolyn Turek DePaul University
- Jeannette Iskander Kent State University
- Jessie Schulman La Salle University
- Natalie Benjamin Marquette University
- Juliana Yanguas Nova Southeastern University
- Joanna Tsikis Nova Southeastern University
- Kate Gamwell Oklahoma State University
- Caroline Roberts Oklahoma State University
- Cathleen Schild Pacific University
- Jennifer Nack Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Sarah Girresch-Ward Tennessee State University
- Sarah Grill Tufts University
- Cristina D'angelo U Alabama - Birmingham (UAB)
- Katlyn Garr University of Cincinnati
- Diana Graham University of Colorado Denver
- Stefania Pinto University of Florida
- Lauren Quast University of Georgia
- Amy Noser University of Kansas
- Kimberly Klages University of Memphis
- Estefany Saez-Flores University of Miami
- Cristinia Nicolais University of Miami
- Melissa Engel University of Minnesota
- Chelsea Kozikowski University of Nebraska—Lincoln
- Mallory Schneider University of South Alabama
- Emma Ranum University of South Dakota
- Courtney Lynn University of South Florida (USF)
- Nour Al Ghriwati Virginia Commonwealth University
- Courtney Yahle Wright State University
- Tanya Oken Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Join the SPP Facebook Group
SPP student members can join the student listserv by emailing SPP.StudentRep@gmail.com
Graduate Programs and Pre-doctoral Internships in Pediatric Psychology
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.
Learn more about APAGS