Graduate Student Advocacy Group




The goals of our graduate student advocacy group are to provide opportunities to advance psychological health, to increase awareness about mental health issues, and to reduce stigma surrounding mental illnesses through community outreach, public education, and legislative advocacy. 


Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Events


October 20, 2018 – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk - Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Lexington, KY.

November 1-3, 2018 – Kentucky Psychological Association 2018 Annual Convention: "Meeting at the Intersection: Connections in Psychology," Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY

November 6, 2018 - General Election Day - VOTE!

January 8, 2019 - 2019 KY General Assembly Session begins

January 14, 2019 - “Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!” Workshop featuring Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Louisville, KY

February 28, 2019 - Psychology Day at the State Capitol, Frankfort, KY

March 6, 2019 - 874K Coalition Rally, State Capitol, Frankfort, KY


Faculty Advisor: David Susman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Assistant Professor (


President: Alyssa Jones, M.A. 


Members: Anita Adams, Holley Allen, Emily Atkinson, Chelsea Bosch, Alex Brake, Lina Caldera, Alex D'Agostino, Elana Gloger, Caitlyn Hood, Stephanie Judge, Josh Oltmanns, Sarah Peterson, Elizabeth Riley, Jessica Rivera-Rivera, Liz Wallace, Brittany Walls


KPA Legislative Day 2017: Alyssa Jones, Stephanie Judge, Caitlyn Hood, Dr. David Susman, Alex Brake


Community Outreach / Fundraisers

·        Clothing drive for psychiatric patients at Eastern State Hospital


Kentucky Psychological Association: 

The easiest way for psychologists and psychology students to advocate for mental health issues is to join the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). Throughout the year, KPA works to advocate for Kentucky psychologists and their clients by supporting mental health legislation and working with a variety of advocacy organizations throughout the state. 

Click here to join KPA today!



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