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.

The student advisory board currently includes:

Student Representative (2015-2016)

Jackie Lennon, MA


Student Advisory Board Members

  • Christina Amaro, BS 
  • Katelynn Boerner, BSc
  • Erin Brannon, MS
  • Cyd Eaton, BS
  • Ana Gutierrez-Colina, BA
  • Aimee Hildenbrand, BS
  • Christina Holbein, MA
  • Jackie Lennon, MA
  • Lexa Murphy, MS
  • Elizabeth Nicholls, MS
  • Andrea A. Wojtowicz, MS

Membership Committee

This committee helps to oversee student membership, recruit new members and enhance membership. Two of the major tasks of this committee have been developing a student membership brochure and initiating the Network of Campus Representatives. The student membership brochure aims to increase general awareness of SPP as well as of the benefits of student membership. The Network of Campus Representatives was initiated in 2001 in an effort to connect SPP to universities across the nation. This program uses student recruiters (“Campus Representatives”) on college campuses to promote student membership in SPP via talks at local psychology meetings, emails regarding SPP events and flyers regarding SPP membership benefits.

Duties of the Membership Committee:
  • Communicate with Campus Representatives

  • 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 (emails, talk to training directors of pediatric psychology training programs)

  • Distribute brochures

  • Network & discuss student membership at conferences

Student Spotlight Committee

This committee oversees three main projects. The first, the Student Spotlight Award, was initiated in 2003 to acknowledge students in pediatric psychology. This award functions as a way to highlight the achievement of students and introduce these outstanding students to professionals in the field. The second project involves updating and generating new ideas for the student portion of the SPP website. The third main project involves maintaining the Division 54 Student email list.

Duties of the Student Spotlight Committee:
  • Organize calls for nominations for the 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)

Program Committee

This committee was designed to plan student programming at APA and regional/national child health conferences. Members of this committee help to coordinate student socials and work with other members of the Student Advisory Board to generate ideas about Division Programming at conferences. 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 participate in and help run the discussions and events at the conferences.

Duties of the Program Committee:
  • Communicate with other students and professionals in the field regarding topics of interest for discussion hours and events

  • Help plan student activities and topics for discussions at conferences, including contacting professionals to schedule talks

  • Attend APA and regional conferences to organize and implement their ideas for 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 of Campus Representatives:
  • 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 Tina Holbein and Christina Amaro with your name, school, contact information, and a short statement of interest.

NCR Members

  • Jacquelyn Corvan
  • Amy Bullock Morse
  • Megan Schaefer
  • Katelynn Boerner
  • Rachel Kentor
  • Melissa Engel
  • Harry Voulgarakis
  • Erin Gelien
  • Jenna Calton
  • Andrea Laikin
  • Danessa Mayo
  • Jaclyn Lennon
  • Ashley Moss
  • Emily Schultz
  • Michaela Patton
  • Wade Petree
  • Natasha Quinn
  • Katie Daniels
  • Ally Sequeira
  • Mary Lynch
  • Julia Beattie
  • Christopher Poitevien
  • Demaree Bruck
  • Jo Vogeli
  • Julia LaMotte
  • Tarrah Mitchell
  • Kimberly Klages
  • Ashley Marchante
  • Sara Turner
  • Lisa Marie Burks
  • Katia Perez
  • Laura Caccavale
  • Dana May
  • Margo Szabo
  • Kara Brown

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.