NJPA Graduate Students (NJPAGS)


The New Jersey Psychological Association Graduate Students (NJPAGS) was created in 2006 and modeled after the American Psychological Association Graduate Students (APAGS) having its own elected board. NJPAGS is designed to give students a stronger voice within NJPA and advocate for student issues. NJPAGS provides opportunities for student leadership development and facilitates dialogue between NJPAGS members and members of the professional community. NJPAGS hosts a student conference and social events and publishes a regular column in the NJ Psychologist, NJPA’s quarterly journal.


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Our Mission

  • To represent students in all subfields of graduate study in psychology and facilitate the exchange of information between these groups
  • To promote leadership development
  • To advocate for the concerns, health, and welfare of graduate students
  • To establish and maintain channels of communication between NJPA and schools, universities, training centers, institutions, and other members of the psychological community.
  • To support NJPA, by creating a leadership pipeline, enhancing the visibility of the association within the academic community, adding valuable input from the student perspective, and helping to populate committees and special interest groups.
  • NJPAGS declares its intention to raise the consciousness of its members about issues of diversity. These issues include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, country of origin, and marital status. NJPAGS is committed to addressing these issues and concerns in its programs and publications, as well as in their professional interactions.

Our Accomplishments

  • Hold 4 board meetings per year and utilize cyber meetings and email to conduct other work
  • Hold a student workshop twice per year that include topics on preparing for internship and licensing exams
  • Hold a student social once per year
  • NJPAGS chair represents graduate students on NJPA executive board
  • NJPAGS members-at-large represent students on NJPA Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA), Diversity, Membership, Program, and Publications committees
  • NJPAGS campus representatives serve as liaisons between NJPAGS and their respective graduate programs
  • Recruitment of psychology undergraduate students to graduate study, particularly those from under-represented populations
  • Encourage student representation on NJPA committees
  • Host a student registration table at NJPA conferences to seek out students in attendance and personally welcome them to NJPA/NJPAGS
  • Use NJPAGS listserv for supportive email discussions

If you are enrolled in a graduate program in Psychology, please join us! Apply online!

To find out more about how you can become involved, send an e-mail to Stacie Shivers, NJPAGS Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or contact your campus representative.