time this year,” says Reimer. He also works with Project ECHO
Nevada, an organization that provides continuing medical
education and training to rural health-care providers, and with
the Institute for Senior Living, a think tank focused on
innovation for senior living services.
Laura Reid Marks,
member at large,
A fourth-year counseling psychology
student at Purdue University, Reid
Marks’s primary interests are mental and
sexual health disparities. She’s interested
in determining the factors that may
play a role, such as socioeconomic
status, racism and discrimination. “I
am passionate about social justice and
advocacy in my research, clinical and leadership work,” she says,
which is part of why she wanted to be an APAGS rep.
Her APAGS priorities: Reid Marks is especially interested in
helping students with their professional development. “I think
many graduate students go through their programs without total
awareness of what opportunities exist outside them,” she says.
She wants to inform students about the choices they have in
scholarships, internships, externships and, of course, professions.
Self-care: Spending time with her husband, family and friends
is important to Reid Marks, but so is taking a little time for
her own well-being. “I love tennis,” she says. “For the last two
semesters, I’ve set aside time twice a week to take a tennis class
— not only to improve my tennis skills, but also to intentionally
take time for self-care.”
Alexa Lopez, science
Lopez, a fifth-year student in experimental psychology at the University of
Vermont, is interested in substance use
disorders, contingency management
and other health-related behaviors. She
aims to represent all of the field’s re-search-minded psychology students.
Her APAGS priorities: Lopez
hopes to help students in research
programs. “APAGS is a loud voice for psychology graduate
students,” she says, “but oftentimes, it’s thought of as focusing on
clinical students. So it’s really my goal to be in as much contact
with students in research-based programs as I can, so they feel that
their voices are heard and that APAGS is a home for them, too.” A
particular goal for her is identifying funding and loan-repayment
strategies for research students.
Outdoor enthusiast: “I have been a skier for over 20 years, and
I also enjoy spending time with friends and family on the lake or at
the beach,” she says.
Sabrina Esbitt, advocacy
coordinating team chair
A fifth-year clinical psychology
student at the Ferkauf Graduate
School at Yeshiva University, Esbitt’s
focus is on behavioral medicine,
particularly primary-care psychology
in integrated health-care settings.
She enjoys working with underserved
populations, including veterans, and
will be working at the VA New York
Harbor Healthcare System for her internship next year.
Her APAGS priorities: Esbitt wants to help psychology
students appreciate the importance of advocacy on behalf of the
field. “People always ask, ‘Why does policy matter to me?’ …
Psychology is a profession in huge transition — it can change and
change fast. And because we’re trained as clinicians, researchers,
teachers and to conceptualize mental health issues on individual
and population levels, we have really unique things to add to
health care.” It’s these multiple competencies, she says, that will
enable psychologists to be strong leaders in health-care reform, as
it continues to become more integrative and evidence-based.
Head chef: Esbitt spends every free minute she has in her
kitchen, which she says is a typical, tiny New York City kitchen
with near-antique appliances. “And the floor of my kitchen is so
slanted that I have
to constantly turn
things in the oven
to make sure they
cook evenly. The
upside is that I also
have access to every
every culture. I may
not have time to
travel — I can’t go
to China — but I
can cook Chinese
Alice G. Walton,
PhD, is a writer in
New York City.
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