The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 137,000 members.One of those members is Michelle Roley, a native of Logan, Ohio, and a second-year psychology graduate student at The University of Toledo. She was selected to serve a two-year term on the association’s Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology’s Graduate Student Advisory Board, and began that role in July.
Roley serves on the programming committee, one of three subcommittees within the advisory board. In this position, she has the opportunity to help design new programming for students who are interested in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
Most of the programs designed will be used specifically at the association’s national conferences, such as the one next fall that will be held in Honolulu. Roley also is helping to develop a column on the division’s website, where graduate students can learn more about career paths of clinical child and adolescent psychologists.
Aside from working with other graduate students, the society has a mentoring program that matches graduate and undergraduate students. The graduate students work to provide insights and support to the undergraduate students as they work toward their career goals.
“I’m looking forward to being able to connect people at all levels of their training, with the goal of increasing knowledge and visibility in the field,” Roley said.
For more information on the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, visit clinicalchildpsychology.org.