There shall be an American Psychological Association of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Committee whose mission shall be to:

  • Promote the highest standards in teaching of psychology both as a science and discipline.
  • Promote professional development and other means for lifelong learning for high school teachers of psychology.
  • Increase professional identity and promote leadership for high school psychology teachers of psychology.
  • Facilitate networking, including the formation of both horizontal and vertical linkages, among teachers from all teaching levels of psychology.
  • Encourage recruitment and retention of students, particularly minorities, in the field of psychology.
  • Enhance visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology within the American Psychological Association.
  • Enhance the visibility of legitimacy of high school psychology with other members of the psychological community.
  • Recommend the appropriate response advocacy, education policy, and certification issues that impact on the quality or viability of teaching of high school psychology.

Staff Liaisons

  • Emily Leary Chesnes (email)
  • Robin Hailstorks, PhD (email)


  • 2017 Chair: Kristin Whitlock, MEd (2017) 

  • 2017 Chair-elect: Maria Vita (2017) 

  • 2017 Past Chair: R. Scott Reed, MEd (2017) 

  • Jenn Schlicht, MS (2016-17)

  • Chuck Schallhorn, MS (2017-19)

  • Allison Shaver, MA (2016-17)

  • Brad Wray (2017-18)

  • Sue Frantz, MA (2015-17)
    College faculty representative 

  • Linda Woolf, PhD (2017-19)
    College faculty representative

Annual Reports