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. 

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

President: Anita Adams 

Members: Anita Adams, Holley Allen, Emily Atkinson, Chelsea Bosch, Alex D'Agostino, Elana Gloger, Caitlyn Hood, Alyssa Jones, Stephanie Judge, Sarah Peterson, Jessica Rivera-Rivera, Michelle Smith, Liz Wallace


Spring 2020 Events 

January 2020 - 2020 KY General Assembly Session begins

January 13, 2020 - “Effective Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!” Workshop featuring Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., Capitol Annex, Frankfort, KY - register at

January 28, 2020 - Psychology Day at the State Capitol, Frankfort, KY

TBA - 874K Coalition Rally, State Capitol, Frankfort, KY


Community Outreach/Fundraisers


Clothing drive for psychiatric patients at Eastern State Hospital

National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMIWalks 


The Psychology Graduate Student Advocacy Group has developed an ongoing relationship with GreenHouse17, an agency committed to ending intimate partner violence and supporting victims of abuse. Members volunteer their time in service to Greenhouse17 and its mission.


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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