Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board


The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of 10 students who are chosen to represent the student membership within Division 54. The SAB is made up of three committees: the Communication Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Program Committee. This board works with the Student Representative to promote student interests in division programming, structure, and training, and to encourage other students to get involved.

Student Representative


Sahar Eshtehardi, University of Houston (2021-2022)

Student Advisory Board Members


Communication Committee

  • Erin Moorman, University of Florida (2021-2022)
  • Kelly Rea, University of Georgia (2020-2021)
  • MaryJane Campbell, University of Utah (2020-2021)

Membership Committee

  • Alix McLaughlin, Eastern Michigan University (2021-2022)
  • Andrea Fidler, University of Florida (2020-2021)
  • Caroline Roberts, Oklahoma State University (2020-2021)
  • Melissa Engel, Emory University (2021-2022)

Programming Committee

  • Anjana Jagpal, DePaul University (2020-2021)
  • Clarissa Shields, Kent State University (2021-2022)
  • Nicole Ruppe, Oklahoma State University (2021-2022)

Student Representative


Sahar S. Eshtehardi, M.S. (she/hers)
SPP Student Representative & SAB Chair
spp.studentrep@gmail.com

Sahar Eshtehardi is a fourth-year graduate student in the Health Psychology track of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Houston. Under the mentorship of Dr. Marisa Hilliard at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Sahar’s research interests center around biopsychosocial factors that relate to treatment adherence and health-related quality of life in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes and their families. She is also particularly interested in better understanding and addressing health disparities across pediatric populations through intervention implementation and policy change. As the 2021-2022 SPP Student Representative, Sahar serves as the liaison between students and the Executive Board of the Division by serving as a voting Board member. Within the SAB, Sahar coordinates and oversees all SAB-related activities by leading SAB meetings and assisting SAB Committees with their respective responsibilities.

 

Communication Committee


MaryJane S. Campbell, M.S. (she/hers)
Communication Committee, Student Spotlight Co-Chair

MaryJane Campbell is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Child/Family and Behavioral Medicine tracks of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. Her research and clinical interests include addressing psychosocial needs and improving family functioning in the context of a chronic medical condition such as type 1 diabetes. Under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Berg, she is currently examining the complex, daily patterns of diabetes management, family conflict, and parental acceptance among adolescents with T1D. As co-chair for the SAB Communication Committee, MaryJane facilitates graduate and undergraduate student spotlights to highlight the work of our outstanding SPP trainees and helps maintain and update SPP website content to promote this work.

 


Erin L. Moorman, M.S
. (she/hers)
Communication Committee, Podcast Chair

Erin Moorman is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology track of the Clinical and Health Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. She is in the Pediatric Psychology Lab under the mentorship of Dr. David Janicke. Erin’s research and clinical interests include family functioning and psychosocial adjustment and coping in the context of pediatric chronic illness. Additionally, she is interested in the development and implementation of accessible family-based interventions. In her role on the Communications Committee, Erin is responsible for launching the SPP Podcast to disseminate cutting edge research in the field of pediatric psychology in a digestible and accessible format. She is responsible for collaborating with authors of research published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology and other leading experts in the field to contribute to the podcast.

Kelly E. Rea, M.S. (she/hers)
Communication Committee, Student Spotlight Co-Chair

Kelly Rea is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia, under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald Blount. Kelly’s research interests include child and family psychosocial functioning, adjustment, and medical outcomes among pediatric solid organ transplant recipients. Kelly has primarily examined these interests across two vulnerable periods: adjustment in the post-transplant period and adjustment following transfer from pediatric to adult healthcare. Serving as Co-Chair of the Student Spotlight & Website Committee, Kelly coordinates the Student Spotlight features of graduate and undergraduate/post-baccalaureate trainees within SPP to highlight trainee accomplishments and help trainees gain exposure within SPP. Additionally, Kelly assists with communication and dissemination of information to trainees within SPP, including updating website content and assisting fellow SAB members in launching an SPP podcast.

Membership Committee



Melissa L. Engel, M.A.
(she/hers)
Membership Committee, Network of Campus Representatives Co-Chair

Melissa Engel is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Emory University, under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Brennan. Prior to beginning graduate school at Emory, Melissa received her MA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on pediatric chronic illness through a developmental psychopathology framework, with particular emphases on psychobiological mechanisms, stress, and resilience. From both a research and clinical perspective, Melissa is especially interested in illnesses that are perceived as unpredictable and uncontrollable yet require daily self-management. As the NCR Co-Chair, Melissa oversees the Network of Campus Representatives program. Through this program, she aims to increase awareness of pediatric psychology on campuses across the country.


Andrea L. Fidler, M.S.
(she/hers)
Membership Committee, Training Program Dissemination Co-Chair

Andrea Fidler is a sixth-year graduate student in the Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology track of the Clinical and Health Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Florida (UF). She is primarily mentored by Dr. David Fedele. Andrea is dually enrolled in UF’s collaborative Master of Public Health (MPH) program, specializing in biostatistics. Broadly, her research interests include understanding and promoting health behaviors, such as sleep, among children. Andrea recently began her pre-doctoral internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she is a pediatric psychology resident in the O’Grady Residency in Psychology training program. As a Training Program Dissemination Co-Chair, Andrea works closely with Alix to update and disseminate the training spreadsheets, which list training opportunities in pediatric psychology at the graduate program, predoctoral internship, and postdoctoral fellowship levels.


Alix M. McLaughlin, M.S.
(she/hers)
Membership Committee, Training Program Dissemination Co-Chair

Alix McLaughlin is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Eastern Michigan University, under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Peterson. Alix combines her research interests in parent/family functioning and neurocognitive development to inform psychosocial adjustment in pediatric food allergy, chronic pain, and type 1 diabetes. As the Training Program Dissemination Co-Chair, Alix collaborates with Andrea to expand student membership in SPP, and develop and distribute lists of pediatric psychology training in graduate programs, internships, and post-doctoral positions.


Caroline M. Roberts, M.A., M.S.
(she/hers)
Membership Committee, Network of Campus Representatives Co-Chair

Caroline Roberts is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University, under the mentorship of Dr. John M. Chaney. Caroline’s research interest broadly concentrate on the intersection among medical, psychosocial, and behavioral factors affecting the overall health and adjustment of youth with chronic illnesses and their families. More specifically, her research interests primarily focus on investigating both youth and parent illness appraisals, psychosocial adjustment, and social determinants of health in pediatric IBD and food allergy. Caroline recently began her pre-doctoral internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she is a pediatric psychology resident in the O’Grady Residency in Psychology training program. As the Co-Chair of the Network of Campus Representatives program, Caroline co-leads and coordinates the representatives on campuses nationally to spread awareness and involvement of trainees in pediatric psychology.

Programming Committee



Anjana Jagpal, M.A.
(she/hers)
Programming Committee, APA Student Social Chair

Anjana Jagpal is a sixth-year graduate student in the Clinical Child track of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at DePaul University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Tran, Anjana’s research interests primarily lie in understanding the impact of stress and trauma on youth with chronic medical conditions. She is also particularly interested in understanding how stress influences the experience pain. Anjana’s broad clinical interests center around the intersection of community and pediatric psychology and she is passionate about reaching populations that are typically underserved by psychological resources. Anjana recently began her pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she is a pediatric psychology resident. As part of the 2019-2021 Programming Committee, Anjana is responsible for organizing an event at the APA convention. This past year, Anjana coordinated a panel discussion with Division 53 and 37 titled: A Conversation about Social Justice: A Child Psychologist’s Role in Advocacy and Policy.


Nicole M. Ruppe, M.S.
(she/hers)
Programming Committee, SPPAC Student Social Chair

Nicole Ruppe is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ashley Clawson, Nicole’s research interests include understanding the longitudinal impact of modifiable behaviors and cultural factors on adjustment and coping for adolescents and young adults with chronic medical conditions. Additionally, she is interested in identifying and developing culturally relevant evidence-based treatments for youth with chronic medical conditions. As part of the Programming Committee, Nicole is responsible for organizing the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference Student Social Event, which is a social event with the aim of connecting trainees across the organization.


Clarissa Shields, M.A.
(she/hers)
Programming Committee, SPPAC Mentorship Lunch Chair

Clarissa Shield is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Kent State University. She works under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Sato in the Pediatric Health and Stress Lab at Kent State University. Clarissa's research centers around understanding neuropsychological factors that impact health behaviors (e.g., eating, physical activity) and treatment outcomes among youth with obesity, particularly within health-disparity populations. Within the SAB, Clarissa serves on the Programming Committee, where she coordinates the annual Mentorship Lunch at SPPAC for pediatric psychology trainees. She also actively assists on other SAB-related activities throughout the year.

 

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Student Listserv


SPP student members can join the student listserv by emailing SPP.StudentRep@gmail.com

Graduate Programs, Pre-doctoral Internships, and Fellowships in Pediatric Psychology


Check out our training resources page for lists of APA-accredited graduate programs, APA-accredited internships, and fellowships with an emphasis on pediatric psychology.

APA/APAGS Statement


SPP and the SAB would like to encourage its student members to join the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). There are many benefits to individual student members, including periodicals focused on graduate student issues, research grants, travel funding, reduced conference registration, scholarships, and the opportunity to serve professional psychology at the national level through APA/APAGS governance.

Learn more about APAGS