Cardiology Special Interest Group

SIG Mission

To bring together APA Division 54 members with an interest in improving psychological and behavioral outcomes for children, adolescents and adults with childhood-onset heart disease and their families, by promoting the development and dissemination of research, clinical and advocacy initiatives.


SIG Goals

  • Advance prevention, identification, treatment and psychological support strategies for people of all ages affected by childhood-onset heart disease.
  • Foster new and existing collaborations to advance the understanding of psychological and behavioral aspects of childhood-onset heart disease.
  • Disseminate relevant evidence-based resources, including presentations, peer-reviewed publications, reports, resources and tools.
  • Highlight and contribute to new research, clinical, advocacy and policy opportunities relevant to childhood-onset heart disease.
  • Celebrate the successes of our membership by showcasing quality work.
  • Address key challenges in our field through the development of new initiatives, such as position statements and best practice guidelines.
  • Encourage and mentor students, trainees and early career professionals to be the next generation of leaders in the field.


For more information, please check out our external SIG website at:


SIG Leadership

Nadine Kasparian, co-Chair

Nicole Dempster, co-Chair

Additional members of leadership team:

  • Kristina Espinosa, Secretary
  • Alexandra Lamari Fisher, SIG Liaison Officers
  • Micah Brosbe, SIG Liaison Officer
  • Colette Gramszlo, Website & Newsletter Editor
  • Kate Marshall, Graduate Student Representative
  • Nathan Basile, Graduate Student Representative
  • Jen Christofferson, student representative


To Join

SPP invites members with a shared interest to consider joining one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs) by logging into the Member Portal and going to "Join a SIG/RIG/Affinity Group" on the dropbox.