Graduate Student Advocacy Group




Our goals 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 2017 - Spring 2018 Events


October 14, 2017 – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk

November 2-4, 2017 – Kentucky Psychological Association 2017 Annual Convention: "A Balancing Act: Innovation and Keeping the Heart of Psychology," Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY

January 8, 2018 - “Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!” Workshop featuring Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., Capitol Annex, Frankfort, KY

January 31, 2018 - 874K Coalition Rally, State Capitol, Frankfort, KY

February 22, 2018 - Kentucky Psychological Association Legislative Day, State Capitol, Frankfort, KY


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


President: Alyssa Jones, M.A. (


Members: 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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