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, Sharla Biefeld, Emily Fenlon, Elana Gloger, Mary Levi, Christopher Penn, Michelle Smith


Spring 2021 Events 

January 5, 2021 - 2021 KY General Assembly Session begins

January 11, 2021 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - “Effective Advocacy - Every Voice Counts!” - Virtual Workshop featuring Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D. - Register at

February 17, 2021 - Virtual 874K Disabilities Coalition Rally - Register at 

February 23, 2021 - Virtual Psychology Day at the State Capitol, Frankfort, KY - Register at


Community Outreach/Fundraisers

Education on managing stress and anxiety for University of Kentucky Greek Life organizations

Volunteer service at Greenhouse 17 domestic violence shelter

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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