The Society for Clinical Psychology (Division 12) Section on Graduate Student and Early Career Psychologists (Section 10) is seeking nominations for THREE positions: President-Elect, Communications Chair, and Secretary, to serve terms beginning January 1, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for those looking to be involved in APA leadership.  It’s also a good bonus to have on your resume, and it does not require excessive amounts of work (we know that students and ECPs have a lot on their plates).  The Section is also able to finance a portion of officers’ trips to the annual APA conference.  There are plenty of opportunities to shape APA policies, especially those that are most relevant to grad students and recent graduates.

  1.      The President-Elect is elected for a term of one year (though the position is for three years) and performs duties traditionally assigned to a Vice-President.  A main responsibility is organizing the Section’s programming at the annual APA convention.  This programming typically includes sessions relevant to the unique career needs of grad students and early career psychologists (e.g., how to conduct research while managing clinical duties while in graduate school; what are emerging job opportunities for ECPs).  The President-Elect will succeed the President after one year, and during their third year will serve as Past President. In the event that the President shall not serve his/her term for any reason, the President-Elect shall succeed to the unexpired remainder thereof and continue to serve through his/her own term as President.
  1.      The Section’s Communications Chair is elected for a three-year term. During his/her term, he/she shall maintain, update, and modify the section website as needed, as well as oversee nominations for the following term. He/she shall distribute the conference highlights and information on the following year’s conference. The Communications Chair shall also serve as the Communications Committee chair, overseeing and managing the website blog and the members of that committee. Finally, the Communications Chair will manage listserv communication, post important information and updates from the Section, and ensure that relevant documents of the Section are available to members. Previous website design/maintenance experience is preferred but not required.
  1. The Secretary is elected for a three-year term. During his/her term, he/she will serve as the Chair of the Membership Committee, safeguard all records of the Section, keep the minutes of the meetings of the Section and of its Board of Directors, codify the policy actions of the Board of Directors, assist the President in preparing the agenda for business meetings of the Section and of its Board of Directors, maintain coordination with the Central Office of the Society and the American Psychological Association, issue calls and notices of meetings, inform the membership of action taken by the Board of Directors, keep an updated membership mailing and/or email list, and perform all other usual duties of a Secretary.

Please note that for all of these positions, Section 10 membership is required, and Division 12 membership is strongly encouraged! To join Section 10 for 2016 online, fill out an application here: The cost of membership for 2016 is $10 (under the “Donate Now” section select $10).

Nominees must either be in an accredited, APA-Approved graduate program in clinical psychology, or have received their doctorate within the past 5 years. In addition, nominees must be able to attend the APA convention and commit to participating in ongoing email and phone exchanges.  To encourage the representation of ethnic diversity issues the Section on Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists requests that nominators consider the ethnic background of the nominee(s). The committee suggests that nominators also consider equitable age and gender representation, and diverse representation of expertise.  The Section works through email and phone conferences.  Applicants should expect to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours per week engaged in activities.


Nominations should include a statement of interest (maximum length 1 double-spaced page) from the nominee and a current C.V. Nomination materials must be received by Monday, November 16, 2015. Nominations should be sent to:

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