Committee Reports

Early Career Psychologists Committee report

The committee discusses and identifies activities, projects and programs that promote the engagement and participation of early career professionals

By Jessica Gallus, PhD

The committee discusses and identifies activities, projects and programs that promote the engagement and participation of early career professionals

It’s hard to believe that we are well into Fall! We’ve done quite a bit over the past few months with relation to the Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Committee. In addition to having two sessions for Early Career Psychologists at the annual American Psychological Association (APA) conference, we also launched the Division 19 ECP survey in June 2012. The survey was designed to capture ECP perceptions of Division 19, its associated benefits, and any additional suggestions ECPs had for improving the Division. Some of the main takeaways from the survey are highlighted below:

  • Survey results indicate that the majority of ECPs find multiple benefits in being a part of Division 19 with the highest value placed on networking and collaboration opportunities, the Military Psychology journal, the Division 19 listserve, and The Military Psychologist newsletter.

  • Findings also demonstrate that the main professional challenges for ECPs include opportunities to network and develop professional connections, finding quality mentors, maintaining work/life balance, and finding employment.

  • When asked what programs, educational opportunities, or other offerings they’d consider important and valuable, and would use if offered, ECPs suggested that Division 19 focus on the following:

    • Increased funding/awards for research, travel

    • Assistance with finding employment, job searching

    • Networking/mentoring opportunities

    • Training for a career in military psychology (e.g., government, academia, publishing)

    • Additional conferences (e.g., regional conferences, conferences other than APA)

Thank you very much to those of you who participated and contributed to making this a successful effort. Given the results, ECP Committee members will be brainstorming ways ahead to provide greater benefits to Division 19 ECPs. We want to hear from you, so please send us any additional ideas for improving your ECP experience!

Dr. Jessica Gallus
Dr. Rhett Graves 
U.S. Army Research Institute

Dr. Krista Ratwani
Aptima, Inc.
1726 M. St, NW (Suite 900)
Washington, DC 20036 

 Early Career Psychologists Committee

  • Dave England

  • Jessica Gallus

  • Rhett Graves

  • Arwen DeCostanza

  • Kristen Kochanski

  • Greg Matos

  • Krista Ratwani