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GPAGS- Why Join?

The Georgia Psychological Association of Graduate Students (GPAGS) is the branch of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) for all psychology graduate students and trainees who work or reside in Georgia. GPAGS is intended to enhance your development as future psychologists by connecting you with resources and opportunities that have been created specifically for graduate students. GPAGS members are actively engaged in leadership, building representation in political and educational arenas, and working to improve the field of psychology and the world!

Professional Development

As a GPAGS member, you have the opportunity to step into leadership roles, including official elected GPAGS positions as well as student positions on GPA committees. GPAGs members are also actively engaged in advocacy efforts through our advocacy workgroup, which is supported by mentorship and training offered by experienced GPA advocates. Finally, joining GPAGS gives you access to professional development at free or reduced rates, including GPA’s annual convention and Continuing
Education (CE) workshop throughout the year.

Community Building and Involvement

GPAGS hosts numerous socials, meetings, and virtual events. These events offer members the chance to network with Georgia psychologists across a broad range of specialties and professional roles. Additionally, GPA was awarded the 2018 Outstanding SPTA Award for Diversity from APA Division 31 (State, Provincial, & Territorial Affairs) and GPAGS members have the opportunity to be part of GPA’s Diversity Directorate by serving on one of the subcommittees: The Ethnic Minority Committee, The Committee on Gender and Sexual Diversity, or the Committee on Psychology of Women and Girls.


GPAGS is working to develop travel award to support GPAGS members’ attendance at the annual GPA convention. More awards of this kind are in development as well. Stay tuned for more information on this initiative and for the application for the travel award!


Beginning in fall 2018, GPAGS will offer members the chance to communicate with other graduate students and trainees via the GPAGS listserv, and members will receive important GPAGS news and updates through GPA’s e-newsletter.

Student Benefits



Annual Report, E-newsletter

LLC Updates

Discounted CE Workshop Registration

Discounted Annual Meeting Registration

Involvement Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

*Must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, or a post-doctoral fellowship. Please note that with this Membership Level, any GPA Continuing Education Workshops attended will provide only a Certificate of Attendance in lieu of CE credit. If you need CE credit, choose another membership level.

Name: Sarah Roane

GPAGS Position: Chair

Work: Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine

Quote: I chose to become an officer on the GPAGS committee to be of service to our profession and to develop a connection to the professional community here in Georgia.


Name: Robyn Bates

GPAGS Position: Secretary

School: Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Doctoral Program

Quote: I have a long-standing passion for furthering student involvement in the field of psychology; there-fore, I chose to become an officer of the GPAGS Committee to do my part to further graduate student knowledge and involvement in the field of psychology.

Name: Shannon Friederich

GPAGS position: Graduate Liaison

Current School: Mercer University Clinical Medical Psychology Doctoral Program

Quote: I have been searching for opportunities to become more involved in the professional culture of psychology, especially pertaining to our role in mental health advocacy as well as letting student voices be heard. I look forward to connecting with GPA and other graduate student colleagues on a personal and professional level.

Name: Abby King GPAGS

Position: Campus Representative for Argosy University

School: Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Doctoral Program

Quote: I chose to serve on the GPAGS committee to represent and advocate for graduate-level psychology students, and to network with and learn from psychologists in Georgia.

Name: Mary Fernandes

GPAGS Position: Campus Representative for Georgia State University

School: Georgia State University

Quote: I chose to become an officer of GPAGS so that I can be more actively involved in my community and gain experience that aligns with my goals in mental health policy and advocacy.