WVPA works hard to encourage involvement by students. Student volunteers are highly visible at every conference, student membership is inexpensive (just $35 per year), and WVPA student members can attend workshops for deeply reduced fees! Our student research poster sessions are terrific opportunities for students to present research projects in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Student issues are represented by an elected student representative position on the West Virginia Psychological Association Board of Directors.
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) builds a better future for psychology by serving as a united voice to enrich and advocate for graduate student development. APAGS aspires to achieve the highest quality graduate training experience for the next generation of scientific innovators, expert practitioners and visionary leaders in psychology.
APAGS is the voice of student concerns within the APA. APAGS develops, endorses and disseminates information to students about relevant education and training issues, legislative positions and developments, and future directions or changes in the field, through printed resources and the website; and APAGS creates and supports opportunities for students in the form of scholarships and awards, association advocacy work and a host of professional development activities.
For graduate students in psychology, becoming a student affiliate of APA automatically enrolls you as a member of APAGS. For more information about APAGS, please visit the website at http://www.apa.org/apags/index.aspx."
For other student resources, please follow this link: http://www.apa.org/about/students.aspx.
Meet West Virginia's APAGS Advocacy Representative Rachel Spero:
Rachel SPero is the State Advocacy Coordinator for APAGS. Her role is to increase graduate students' participation in local, regional and national advocacy that has implications for psychology trainees. She is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at West Virginia in the College of Human Resources and Education. Her areas of focus are Positive Psychology, experiences that lead to Post Traumatic Growth, the ways in which individuals come to find meaning after a traumatic event, and Post Traumatic Stress DIsorder in post-deployment veterans. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University. She has previously held professional positions that provided experience in counseling, behavioral management, education and research. Rachel's current professional activities include working as a practicum student at the Department of Veteran Affairs in the Combat Stress and Recovery Clinic and researching effective ways to increase the vocational success of college students who receive education through predominantly online courses.
WVPA members have a voice in the shaping of future psychologists, so join WVPA and let your voice be heard!