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Each year, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students elects new officers who represent psychology students and advocate for the profession on a national level.

  • Chair-elect is for a three-year term.

  • Two member-at-large positions, for two-year terms.

The election period usually opens in April closes in May.

How to Vote 

All APAGS members who have provided APA with their email address will be sent an email with a unique link that directs automatically to the elections ballot. 

Problems With Voting? 

If you do not receive an email by the start of April, please check your email spam filters and junk box to see if the email arrived there. If you still do not receive an email, please contact Garnett Coad, the APA director of elections.

This year, three positions were up for election for the 2017 APAGS election cycle.


The chair-elect serves on the APAGS Executive Committee (EC), which, led by the chair during his/her tenure, works as a unit to advise, guide and consult with the full APAGS Committee. EC acts as a steering committee for APAGS and is responsible for developing priorities and charges to committee members consistent with the goals of APAGS. The executive committee presides over the full APAGS Committee and acts on behalf of the full committee.

Chair-elect Tasks

  • Participates in all EC activity to prepare for chair year.
  • Serves as the EC liaison (for more direct mentoring/oversight) for one-third of the APAGS committee members, subcommittee chairs, task force chairs and work group chairs.
  • Serves in prescribed liaison roles reserved for the APAGS chair-elect.
  • Serves as an official liaison for some of the established APAGS liaisonships; sometimes the chair-elect will take on relatively more of these liaison roles to help acclimate him/her to the work of the subcommittees, task forces and working groups.
  • Reports on chair-elect and official liaison activities to the full APAGS Committee via the committee email list and at APAGS business meeting.
  • Will prepare to serve during chair or past-chair year as the APAGS voting member on the APA Council of Representatives and nonvoting member on the APA Board of Directors. This requires travel to approximately four meetings per year, often in Washington, D.C.

Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups

  • Reports on chair-elect and official liaison activities to the full APAGS Committee via the committee email list and at APAGS business meetings.
  • Will prepare to serve during his/her chair or past-chair year as the APAGS voting member on the APA Council of Representatives and voting member on the APA Board of Directors. This requires attending four to six meetings per year, often in Washington, D.C.


Roseann Fish Getchell, MA, MEd

Chair-elect Candidate Statement

Graduate students have the energy, creativity and grit in order to make meaningful change happen within our personal and professional communities.

As a passionate student leader in clinical psychology, I would be excited to serve as the next APAGS chair elect. Focusing my life long goal of building bridges between the silos of psychology, my vision for APAGS is rooted in my values of creativity, collaboration and transparency. These values have shaped the way I have engaged in several leadership positions within APAGS (Oregon state advocacy coordinator, NW regional advocacy coordinator and APAGS member-at-large) and have prepared me for the complex responsibilities required of the APAGS chair.

  • Leadership in Social Justice: Organizations thrive when diverse leaders are present throughout the decision making process. I will challenge our organization to become the leaders in our field who value social justice and protect vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Advocacy: I will advocate for students by working with APA Leadership, lawmakers and current psychologists at the local, state and federal level. We, as students, must continue to voice our perspective and influence policy change for our future.
  • Graduate Student Rights: I will address issues of quality mentorship and training, fair compensation and benefits, and student debt by continuing to push a formalized student rights policy.
  • Internship Crisis: I will address the internship crisis by streamlining the application process, improving access for students experiencing financial burdens, and push for the continued accreditation of quality internship sites..

I would be honored to represent you as the next APAGS chair and to share my values of collaboration, creativity, and transparency. Please feel free to visit my website for more information.

Thank you for your vote.

Member-at-large — Education Focus

The member-at-large, education focus has the following specific duties:

  • Represent internship and training needs of students to relevant boards and committees.
  • Monitor the climate of training environments and advocate for advances in the quality of education and experience for graduate students.
  • May serve as a liaison to the Council of Chairs to Training Councils (CCTC), at the discretion of the chair.


Lora Henderson

Membership-at-Large, Education Focus Candidate Statement

Train to gain. As graduate students train to be psychologists, we gain skills that will benefit us and our communities. With this great responsibility, we must ensure that we receive optimal training to perform as competent psychologists. As a doctoral candidate in the combined clinical and school psychology program at the University of Virginia with a master’s in counseling and mental health services, I have a broad understanding of the education and training needs of psychology students. In addition to my clinical training, I am currently gaining leadership skills on the APAGS Convention Committee. If elected, I would be committed to helping graduate students “Train to Gain!” by focusing on the following:

  • You deserve to train in a program that allows you to gain the didactic and practical experiences necessary to be successful at internship and later in post-doctoral and job positions.
    My commitment: As the APAGS liaison to the Council of Chairs of Training Councils, I would solicit your needs and advocate on your behalf.
  • While you train, you should also gain leadership and professional development (PD) experiences that will make you a more well-rounded psychologist.
    My commitment: Through continued partnerships with the APAGS Convention Committee and other branches of APA, I will ensure that students are aware of the leadership and PD opportunities that we have access to as members.
  • While you train in your graduate program, your community should also gain. We have unique skillsets that can be used for social justice efforts and community service.
    My commitment: Leverage social media and blog posts to highlight APAGS members who are using their psychology skills in the community. I will also share opportunities that are available to get involved.

If elected, we will “Train to gain!” together.

Member-at-large — General Focus

The member-at-large, general focus has the following specific duties:

  • Participate in working groups related to APA policy development.
  • Work on projects related to the APAGS Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as a liaison, as assigned, to other groups.
  • Note: this position is still new, so the incoming 2018 members will have a substantial opportunity to shape this position description.


Zarina Giannone

2017 Member-at-Large, General Focus APAGS Committee Candidate Statement

Dear APAGS Members,

As a doctoral student in counseling psychology, I feel attuned to the issues that graduate students currently face. With rapid globalization of psychological practice, education and science, rising competition for internship placements and amassing academic debt, students require exceptional leadership to advance their interests in this evolving discipline. Through my service as your APAGS Member-at-Large (General Focus), I hope to embrace psychology’s shifting sands by demonstrating strong leadership and attention to student needs, while harnessing our collective voice to pursue meaningful change. I aspire to accomplish the following goals:

  • Policy Creation and Implementation: Urging APA to act on imperative concerns such as student rights, social justice, diversity issues and current events (e.g., EPPP2, Internship Stimulus Program) through policy development.
  • Research Support: Advocating for increased research funding and training for science students.
  • Leadership and Mentorship: Increasing leadership and mentorship opportunities that supplement typical graduate training in psychology.

My extensive leadership experiences have positioned me well to serve as your Member-at-Large. Over the past three years, I have served as the chair-elect, chair and past-chair of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) Student Section and as the director (Representing Students) on the CPA Board of Directors. During this time, I oversaw and led student members through policy development and advocacy, and by providing student programming, workshop development, and research funding competitions. My experiences in these roles enabled the development of pivotal leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of large, national psychological associations, a perspective which would make a unique and valuable contribution to APAGS’ vision of achieving superior graduate training experiences for all. 

To read more about my campaign, please visit my website.  

Thank you for considering me to represent your interests on the APAGS Committee.

Elyse Mowle

Member-At-Large, General Focus Bio

I am a fourth year clinical psychology graduate student at Texas A&M University and I am excited to be running as the next Member-at-Large (General Focus). I became involved with APAGS through the Advocacy Coordinating Team, where I serve as the State Advocacy Coordinator (SAC) for Texas. My passion for advocacy began during my undergraduate studies. I worked as a peer educator at our campus Counseling Center and promoted the services offered to students. Prior to my role in APAGS, I participated in a national legislative advocacy day and advocated for the importance of federal funding in the social sciences. I have continued to advocate to Congress in the form of petitions and action alerts, both for increases in research funding and for increasing access to mental healthcare. Additionally, in my capacity as Texas SAC I have worked closely with the Texas Psychological Association and advocated for their concerns related to the regulation of our state board. 

I believe it is especially important to advocate for our profession and the scope of our practice. Furthermore, federal funding for the social sciences continues to be targeted by our national government. Another important issue is growing the membership of APAGS. I am particularly concerned by conversations with students, researchers and practitioners who are unaware of advocacy efforts by APA. Advocacy needs have also shifted in our current political and social climate, and advocacy efforts by APA need to take into account issues of diversity. As such, I believe it will be important as the general Member-At-Large to coordinate efforts between advocacy, diversity, and recruitment, as well as with the practice and research areas. I am excited for the opportunity to help develop and shape this position as one that serves as an important liaison between APA and the other APAGS subcommittees and members-at-large.

Sean Rose

Member at Large, General Focus Candidate Statement

Initiative, diligence, dedication, results: all requisite traits that we look for in the leadership representing us. In my time as a PsyD student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif., I have sought to embody such characteristics in a way that produced results for my peers and future colleagues. With the support and endorsement of administration, faculty and my fellow students, I have rallied my program and its participants under a banner of social justice, solidarity and multicultural awareness by co-leading the campus PRIDE and White Privilege Accountability groups as well as facilitating campus-wide spaces to mourn the 2016 Pulse night club shooting, to grieve and decry the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. I feel inspired to expand upon this work at a national level using my creativity and innovative attitude to accommodate the strategic goals of APAGS in the role of Member at Large: General Focus. My experience as a member of APAGS’ Advocacy Coordinating Team has provided me with leadership experience not only amongst my peers as a campus representative, but has also broadened my understanding of the inner workings of APAGS administrative makeup and process. I believe my persistence in seeking leadership reflects the dedication I hold for responsibility, representation and community, and I’m confident that my creative versatility would render me a constructive and reliable colleague as well as an asset to the committee at large — particularly as Member at Large: General Focus insofar as the APAGS committee seeks not only a student voice in APA policy development and APAGS strategic plan implementation, but also someone to shape the function of the position itself as a relatively new addition to the committee’s structure. Thank you for your time and consideration of electing me to your APAGS committee.