Local/State Groups or Conferences for High School Psychology Teachers
The American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is the voice of high school psychology teachers within the APA. One of the most important opportunities APA and TOPSS provide high school teachers is the ability to connect with teachers at a local level.
TOPSS maintains a listing of local, regional or state groups or conferences (workshops) for high school psychology teachers (some include community college and undergraduate faculty as well). Contacts for each group are included. Please note that any group using a “TOPSS” name is not formally affiliated with APA. Since TOPSS is a trademarked name, any state, local or regional group of high school psychology teachers that uses “TOPSS” must complete a form and agree to the statement provided (PDF, 153KB).
The APF High School Psychology Outreach Grants encourage and support the development of new networks of teachers in areas currently lacking such groups. Read more about starting a regional network in the Psychology Teacher Network newsletter article, "Are you interested in connecting with other local psychology teachers?"
If you have a group you would like to add to this page, please contact TOPSS.
Alabama Teachers of Psychology (AlaTOP)
Contacts: Matt Ferguson (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Christie Morman (Homewood, Ala.)
- Psychology Day at the Hoover Library
Contact: Stephen Chew (Birmingham, Ala.)
Meeting: March 3, 2017
Arizona Psychology TeachersThere is a Google group to communicate with members.Contact: Lara Bruner (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Meeting: The next conference will be held April 1, 2016 at Mesa Community College.
Northern California Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (NORCALTOPSS)
Contact: Eric E. Castro (San Francisco, Calif.)
Meeting: Inaugural meeting held in Aug. 2015
Southern California Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (SCATOPSS)
Contact: Jaclyn Parslow (Southern California)
Meeting: September 2017
Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)
Duval County AP Psychology Professional Learning Community
Contact: Mary Krieger (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Chicago Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (CHITOPSS)Serves Illinois but most of the participants will be from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Some teachers from Southern Wisconsin also attend.Contact: Nancy Fenton (Lincolnshire, Ill.)
Meeting: Holds an annual meeting.
Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology (MISTOP)Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.Contact: Pat Puccio (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Indiana Education Conference for High School and Collegiate Psychology Students and Instructors
Contact: Jeffry Kellogg
Meeting: Sept. 30, 2016
Iowa Teachers of Psychology (IToP)Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.Contact: Linda Walsh (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
- Kansas City Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (KCTOPSS)
Contact:Jennifer Schlicht (Olathe, Kan.)
Meeting: To be determined.
Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.Contact: Diane Finley (Largo, Md.)
Meeting: Held annually in the fall.
New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP)
Contact: Michael Hamilton (Hopkinton, Mass.)
Meeting: Held annually in August.
- Michigan Psychology Teachers Network (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Contact:Michael McLane (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Meeting: Nov. 12, 2016
Minnesota Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MNTOPSS)
Contact: Mike Berndt (Sartell, Minn.)
Meeting: Held annually in May.
- St. Louis AP Psychology Network
Contact: Melody Barger (St. Louis, Mo.)
Meeting: The group will meet twice a school year for two hour blocks.
- New Jersey Psychology Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (NJTOPSS)
Contact:Audrey Coppleton Dill (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Meeting: To be determined.
- Suburban NY Psychology network (SuNYPsy)
Contact:Doug Weisman (Eastchester, N.Y.)
A network for Northwest Ohio high school psychology teachers (NOhSpin)
Contact: Susan B. L. Hany (Oak Harbor, Ohio)
Central Ohio Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (COTOPSS) — Representing Central Ohio, Franklin, and Delaware Counties
Contact: Caitlin McGrew (Delaware, Ohio)
Meeting: The first meeting is tentatively planned for Oct. 2016
Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.Contact: Shelia Kennison (Stillwater, Okla.)
- Pennsylvania TOPSS — Greater Philadelphia (Phi-TOPSS)
Contact:Maria Vita (Millersville, Pa.); John Mohl (Wyncote, Pa.)
- Statewide network of high school psychology teachers in Rhode Island
Contact: Ronald Shapiro, PhD (Providence, R.I.)
Meeting: Networking event to be held during the fall semester
- Texas Teachers of Psychology (TXTOP)
Contact:Jill Compher (Fort Worth, Tex.)
Meeting: 2016-2017 school year.
Utah Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS)
Contact: Kristin H. Whitlock (Bountiful, Utah)
Meeting: Held annually in the fall.
Virginia Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (VATOPSS)
Contact: Steven Turner (Charlottesville, Va.)
Meeting: Held annually in the spring.
Local network of psychology teachers in Virginia Beach, Va.
Contact: Jackie Mowery (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
Meeting: An annual teaching Intro Psych conference. 2015 meeting held in April at Highline College.
Fox Valley Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (FOXTOPSS)
Contact: Amy Ramponi (Kimberly, Wis.); Follow on Twitter at @amyramponi
Meeting: Held biannually in the spring and fall.
Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)
Contact: Kent Korek (Germantown, Wis.)
Meetings: Biannual evening meetings typically held in the fall (October/November) and spring (April/May).
- Madison Area Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MADTOPSS)
Contact:Linda Schuerman (Middleton, Wis.)
- The Excellence in Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC)
Contact:Ryan Martin (Greenbay, Wis.)
Meeting: Oct. 8, 2016
- Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (Wyoming –TOPSS)
Contact:Jennifer Wilmetti (Rock Springs, Wyo.)
Meeting: To be determined
Virtual Groups for Psychology Teachers
Virtual Teachers of Psychology
Contact: Lindsey Sublett