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Student Affairs Committee report

Check out the latest leadership changes and initiatives from the Student Affairs Committee.

By Kevin O'Leary

This past year was extremely productive for the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) under the leadership of Angela Legner. As this year's chair, I am eager to continue to expand the role the division plays in your development as psychologists and leaders. The SAC owes a great debt to Angela Legner, Jennifer Barry, David Barry, Jeremy Jinkerson and the numerous other members who have guided us and supported our energy and initiatives.

Leadership Changes

The SAC is excited to introduce Nate Tenhundfeld as the newest member of our team. Nate is currently a third-year doctoral candidate in the department of cognitive psychology at Colorado State University. He already has shown tremendous initiative in developing our military psychology research careers webinar and has carried this momentum into his tenure as chair-select. We are truly fortunate to have someone with his perspective and energy on the team, and Angela and I are eager to work with him.

Along with welcoming our newest team member, we must also say goodbye to one of our senior SAC members, and close friend, Jennifer Barry. Jennifer served three consecutive years on the SAC, and championed many successful initiatives during her term, including our current student chapter networks across the country. She was a true innovator, and we hope we can live up to her commitment and skill as a leader. The SAC wishes her the best of luck as she begins her transition into the Diversity in the Military Committee.

Last, but most certainly not least, Angela has transitioned to the past chair position, and will be offering her skills and knowledge as our mentor on the SAC. We are looking to build on the many successful projects we started in the last year. Our primary goal for the SAC this year is to continue to further develop and strengthen the connections between Div. 19 and its student members.

Summary of SAC Initiatives to Date

The SAC is proud to report on our exciting accomplishments over the past year. We have been working hard in the service of increasing opportunities for students to stay connected with the division. In particular, we conducted two successful student-focused webinars on research careers and VA training directors' perspectives on applying for VA internships.

We also hosted a successful Hoffman report town hall meeting that enabled concerned student members to interface in real time with our Past President Thomas J. Williams to learn more about the division's response to the Hoffman report and related actions. Moreover, just recently we hosted a live-streamed, in-uniform clinical psychology webinar, which had the largest number of attendees yet. We were fortunate to have Lt. Kyle Bandermann, Lt. Col. Deborah Engerran and Capt. Scott Johnston present on their experiences and careers as active duty clinical psychologists.

Overall, we have received excellent feedback from students concerning the programs we have provided to date, and we have several more webinars currently in the works including an active-duty Army internship webinar, an active duty clinical careers webinar and an introduction to Div. 19 for students' series. We believe that Adobe can serve as a core component of how the division provides services to members. Please visit our website to view our recorded webinars, a list of trainings and resources, highlights from our exceptional students and campus chapters and APA convention information.

Additionally, we established two popular mentoring programs: the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Student Applicant Mentor Program and the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Mentor Program. This year we successfully matched 19 HPSP applicants with current recipients and matched 20 students with ECP mentors for guidance on navigating the internship process. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or becoming a mentee please email the SAC.

Over the past two years, Jennifer Barry has worked with APAGS members on a leadership development program across APA. The SAC is incredibly proud that her work has come to fruition in the first-ever APAGS Leadership Institute. The goal of the leadership institute is to provide structured leadership training, such that emerging student leaders can strengthen their identity as a leader, develop effective leadership skills, and receive support as they pursue their leadership goals.

Lastly, we have greatly expanded our website with the goal of becoming a one-stop shop for students looking to learn more about military psychology and receive further training. The website has also served as a platform for showcasing the exceptional work our student campus chapters are doing, as well as highlighting individual achievements of our student members. We would encourage you all to our website and provide us feedback on how we can better serve our students members.

SAC Strategic Plan for 2016

The SAC's strategic objective for the next year is to increase the contact our student members have with Div. 19 and other members. We will focus on three areas: increasing the trainings available for students, improving and expanding our mentorship program and advancing the campus representative program.

To improve the trainings available to students, we would like to help the division as a whole to better utilize the Adobe Connect platform. First, we are working with the Continuing Education and ECP committees to create easy-to-access programming and trainings geared toward students and ECPs.

Second, we are also working in coordination with senior membership and the ECP committee to expand the mentorship program and create opportunities for virtual mentoring and consultation. Lastly, we are working on a new initiative, a campus representative leadership webinar series. This would be a series of online conferences that would meet a need, which was expressed in our 2015 campus representative survey, for greater communication and sharing of ideas within our campus chapter network. The SAC hopes that these will serve as valuable leadership and professional development tools for our students. A core part of this plan is that these initiatives meet our students' and members' specific needs. Your perspective is important to us; if students or members have any feedback or suggestions, please email us.

Finally, the SAC would like to celebrate our students' successes in the 2016 Phase I of the Psychology Internship Match. We also wish all of our students who did not match in the initial phase, good luck in Phase II and beyond. Please know that you will find success no matter the outcome. Here is a listing of all the students who responded to our call for internship placements. Congratulations, and we wish you the best of luck next year.

  • Margaret Baisley
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences*
    Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Jennifer Bakalar
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences*
    American University Counseling Center
  • Grant Beaman
    Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
    Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Kailyn Bobb
    Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA
    Sutter Center for Psychiatry
  • Dominika Borowa
    Texas Tech University*
    Phoenix VA Health Care System (Health Psychology track)
  • Claudia M. Carrera
    American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC*
    Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center
  • Allison Conforte
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences*
    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • Jennifer Cook
    Spalding University
    Central Texas VA Health Care System
  • Tiffany Duffing
    Fielding Graduate University*
    Washington, DC VA Medical Center
  • Joanna Dziura
    Gallaudet University*
    Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Carrie Frey Hook
    Wright State University
    Dayton VA Medical Center
  • April Krowel
    Ball State University*
    Illiana VA Health Care System
  • Angela Legner
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC*
    Aurora Behavioral Health Services (Health Psychology Rotation)
  • Jared Link
    Nova Southeastern University*
    Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center
  • Ashley Louie
    University of Tulsa*
    Eastern Virginia Medical School (Pediatric psychology line)
  • Susanna Luu
    Loma Linda University
    Tripler Army Medical Center
  • David Marks
    Regent University
    Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland AFB
  • Kevin O'Leary
    Antioch University, New England*
    Albany Internship Consortium
  • SSG Carlos J. Perez
    Pepperdine University
    Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
  • Nicole Randall-Evans
    American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy
    University, San Francisco Bay Area
    Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center
  • Miriam Stoll
    William James College
    Hazelden Mental Health Centers
  • Catherine Ware
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences*
    Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Whipple
    Drexel University*
    Naval Medical Center San Diego

*Graduate program has an active Div. 19 student chapter

As chair of the SAC I look forward to continuing the monumental work of those who have come before me and serving the incredible members who make up this division.

For further information, please contact Kevin O'Leary.