Student Advisory Council: Winter Updates

Aviva Ariel-Donges, PhD, MPH
Aviva Ariel-Donges, PhD, MPH

Aviva Ariel-Donges, PhD, MPH

As summer swings into full gear, the Student Advisory Council is hard at work on behalf of the Society’s student members. Read below for a brief overview of our current projects and be on the lookout for our newest group of Student Advisory Council committee co-chairs and Campus Representatives, who start in August following the 2019 APA Convention.

Emerging Student Leader Travel Award
Thanks to support from Drs. Nancy Ruddy (SfHP President), Zeeshan Butt (President Elect), and Justin Nash (Past President), the Student Advisory Council offered a new travel award for emerging student leaders within the Society. The SfHP Emerging Student Leader Travel Award provides $1,825 in funding to attend the 2019 APA Annual Convention in Chicago. The aim of the award is to reduce barriers to attending APA and provide opportunities for engaging with the Society’s leadership. We received extremely competitive submissions from a diverse range of students. This year’s winner, Paola Ricardo of Kean University in New Jersey, demonstrated her exceptional leadership potential and commitment to increasing her involvement in the Society. To learn more about Paola, read her bio in our most recent student newsletter!

Campus Representative Events Held Around the Country
This year’s 52 Campus Representatives held a variety of excellent local events focused on health psychology. For example, Jenny Tran of the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, at Alliant International University hosted a presentation on April 4th on the intersection of medicine and psychosocial care for cancer patients and families. On April 5th, Bayley Taple of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine hosted a panel of health psychologists (Drs. Zeeshan Butt, Angela Lawson, and Elizabeth Addington) discussing their career paths and involvement in the Society. On April 19th, Samantha Schiavon of the University of Alabama at Birmingham hosted a panel of outgoing doctoral students who provided advice on maximizing the grad school experience for students at every stage of their clinical training.

The Student Advisory Council is Social Media Savvy
This year’s Student Advisory Council has continued to bring student-focused content into the digital age. From the Diversity Committee’s blog posts to the Communications Committee’s podcast and Twitter takeovers, we are continuing to increase our reach by engaging student members across digital platforms.

Student & Postdoc Needs Assessments
Supporting student members requires the Society to understand their needs, so the Student Advisory Council developed online surveys for students/interns and postdoctoral fellows. Thanks to current postdoc/Past Student Chair, KayLoni Olson, we have been working to better understand what our postdocs need. We hope these ongoing efforts will give all student members a louder voice in the projects undertaken by the Student Advisory Council.

Upcoming APA Programming
This year’s student-focused programming at the 2019 APA Convention is as busy as ever! On Friday, August 9th, students are encouraged to join us for an informal student breakfast meetup (8am), health psychology internship panel (4pm), and health psychology internship/postdoc DCT meet and greet (6pm). On Saturday, August 10th, we’ll be hosting a breakfast discussion entitled, “Getting the Mentorship You Want” (8am). Locations for all events will be publicized via the SfHP e-mail listservs in the weeks before the APA Convention.

Thank You!
This past year as Chair of the SfHP Student Advisory Council has allowed me to strengthen my skills as a student leader and connect with a diverse group of health psychologists. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given as part of the Society to speak on behalf of our student members, and I know that our Chair-Elect, Jessica Naftaly, will continue to expand and grow our incredible student offerings. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica or me.