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Candidate statement for Student Representative: Michelle M. McAlarnen

I aspire to strengthen the connection between our students and professionals in academic and applied positions, as well as develop greater communication and learning across APA divisions

The story of Michelle (Mac) begins as a soccer student-athlete who read Gary Mack’s Mind Gym and decided to adjust her life path accordingly. This change led her to Ithaca College were she earned a Masters in Sport Psychology and coached collegiately. Currently, Mac is a second-year doctorate student at West Virginia University in the Sport and Exercise Psychology program and also working toward a Masters in Community Counseling. At WVU she greatly enjoys her CHAMPS/Life Skills graduate teaching assistantship in which she teaches transitional life skills courses for incoming and graduating Student athletes. She also consults with a varsity, a national level developmental team, and community members. Her research interests include player to coach transitions, ultra athletes and applying sport and exercise psychology across disciplines such as addictions counseling and speech pathology. Outside of academic pursuits, Mac can be found running, swimming, traveling and cooking!

Statement

Hello and thank you for the opportunity to serve APA Division 47 as a student-representative! In this capacity, I aspire to strengthen the connection between our students and professionals in academic and applied positions, as well as develop greater communication and learning across APA divisions.

I believe that by fostering relationships among graduate students from various divisions, we can spread knowledge about our field, facilitate cross discipline conversations and initiate future collaborative research.

One way to begin these discussions is at the APA conference during which Division 47 invites selected divisions to present their perspective on a specific, shared topic. Continuing to provide program and networking opportunities in person and through social media may cultivate interest in student membership and enable us to maintain these connections within and across allied divisions.

When I interact with students and professionals in our field, I enjoy asking, “How did you find exercise, sport, and performance psychology?” I have found that the responses capture our members’ diverse backgrounds and involvements, which, I believe, fuels our strength and passion. As student-representative, I hope to listen to members’ stories and help Division 47’s story continue through meaningful relationships across graduate students, professionals and APA divisions.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with our members, inquiring about our shared needs, and serving the professional community in this valuable role. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my goals or to share your story!