BY ALICE G. WALTON
This year’s elected APAGS officials come from different backgrounds and have myriad professional interests. But
they have one common goal — to help other grad students
navigate the field, and grow personally and professionally.
Emily Voelkel, chair-elect
Now in her fourth year in the
University of Houston’s counseling
psychology doctoral program,
Voelkel is focused on trauma and
women’s issues, with a special interest
in military sexual trauma. She is
interning with the Cincinnati VA and
hopes to continue this work after she
graduates since it provides the variety
of clinical, research and management
duties she thrives on. Most of all, she
gets to serve the population she loves: veterans who have served
Her APAGS priorities: Voelkel’s main goal as APAGS chair
is to facilitate the discussion among students, universities and
APA regarding graduate student needs. “I want to get a good
understanding, by talking to lots of different students from all
over the country, of what psych students feel are the bigger issues
in psychology today.” Her priorities are addressing the internship
crisis, career planning, and financial aid and funding issues. She
encourages students to email her and any of the other five elected
officials and take part in the conversation.
Kicking back: In her free time, Voelkel likes to garden, read
for pleasure, cook and spend time with her husband. “I also like
playing with our 1-year-old puppy.”
member at large,
After a brief career as a high school
English teacher, Crowell came to
psychology to study sexuality and
sexual health, particularly as it relates
to cross-cultural issues. She is a fourth-
year counseling psychology student
at the University of Georgia, where
her research focuses on the choices people make that affect their
Her APAGS priorities: Crowell is particularly interested in
drawing attention to the psychology programs that are doing
exceptionally well and those that could use some improvement.
“I’d love to use the strongest programs as models, highlighting
them at convention or on the APAGS website,” she says. “And for
those that could use improvement, or where students don’t feel
heard, I’d like to advocate for them as well.”
Once in office, she hopes to enhance the use of social media to
communicate with students across the country. In the meantime,
she encourages students to email her their thoughts.
Well connected: In her free time, Crowell writes in her
journal, blogs, reads for fun, spends time with her dog and
discusses “the same few topics on Facebook with the same group
of people over and over!” she admits. Throughout her life, she has
mentored young women and is working to set up a mentoring
group in her Atlanta community.
Daniel Reimer, convention
Psychology’s vast range of topics is
what attracted Reimer to the field.
“You can learn about things as small
as neurons to things as large as entire
cultures without leaving the realm of
psychology,” says Reimer, a fifth-year
student in behavioral systems analysis
at the University of Nevada, Reno.
His specialty is organizational systems,
including health-care systems and health education.
His APAGS priorities: Reimer wants to make APA’s Annual
Convention a more meaningful experience for graduate students
by helping them be more active participants in the discussion.
“Students spend so much time learning the facts, but less time
learning how to apply them,” he says. He wants convention
programs to better bridge the gap between facts and applications.
Reimer also wants convention programming that can help
graduate students improve their quality of life. “We all know we
need to sleep more and exercise, but let’s get students some tools
to really do this,” he says.
Adventure seeker: Since he spends so much time working
behind a desk, in his free time he pursues more adventurous
activities. “I like to scuba dive, and I went skydiving for the first
A voice for psychology students
Meet the newly elected leaders of APAGS — the world’s largest
organization for psychology graduate students.