Leadership Qualities

Leadership Experience in Psychology:

Particularly during my doctoral studies, I have become increasingly involved with my local, state, and national psychology organizations. I have been active in the Houston Psychological Association (HPA), Texas Psychological Association (TPA), and APAGS. I have attended and presented at numerous local and national conferences and summits, where I have had the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with so many incredible people. Some of my most central leadership roles have stemmed from my active involvement in the APAGS AdvocacyCoordinating Team (APAGS-ACT). During my first year of doctoral studies, I attended the National Multicultural Conference in Seattle. When I visited the APAGS booth, I quickly realized that my department lacked one aspect I believed to be a key component of any program--a representative for advocacy. Upon my return to Houston, I immediately applied for the Campus Representative (CR) position in APAGS-ACT and brought that role to our department for the first time. This position was fundamental in sparking my interests in legislative processes and increasing my awareness of the political structures inherent in psychology. I soon accepted a promotion to the Texas State Advocacy Coordinator (SAC) position and recently accepted another promotion to the NW Regional Advocacy Coordinator (RAC) position. As a result of my dedication to the SAC role, I was one of few students chosen to attend the 2012 State Leadership Conference (SLC) with APAGS-ACT (see below for more information on the SLC).

My various leadership roles have helped me explore my interests in effective management and communication, collaboration, program planning and development, and outcome assessment. These roles have improved the planning and assessment skills I acquired as a public school teacher and enhanced my organization and management skills. In APAGS-ACT, I have had the privilege to promote psychology and student development...