The GSAPP Applied and Professional Psychology Student Alliance (APPSA) is an organization run through the Rutgers Graduate Student Association to help promote climate, culture, and diversity at GSAPP. We serve as liaisons between the student body and administration, seek to promote self-care and wellness among GSAPP students and assist in organizing and funding student-run groups. We also hear feedback about what groups people perceive as missing, and help instate them. We have changed and adapted our involvement over the years and are happy to meet your needs, whatever they may be! We represent all GSAPP programs.

Contact: Veronica Campbell, Elisa Campos & Kierra Pean

Asian Students' Association (ASA)

Contact: Alina Yu - py149@gsapp.rutgers.eduChole Chan - cc1857@gsapp.rutgers.eduSonali Singal - ss3339@gsapp.rutgers.eduTamina Daruvala -

The Asian Students' Association (ASA) promotes the social, cultural, and academic interests of Asian students at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology via a meaningful exchange of knowledge and information. Membership is extended to all Asian graduate students enrolled at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.  Events planned include both social and educational activities for those at the school as well as those in the mental health fields within the Rutgers community.

Black Graduate Student aSSOCIATION (BGSA)

Contact: Oluwakemi Dauda, Cindy Forestal, Sherrikah Hayes, and Vinaiya Fryar -

Formally BSGPPP, BGSA was founded to help increase the number of Black and other diversity students at GSAPP, to enhance student life, and to provide support and community during the rigorous experience of graduate school. We are actively involved in a number of events throughout the year to achieve these goals. We have dinners and informal gatherings where we share, give support, and socialize, and we are constantly searching out new directions to cultivate our experience in graduate school.

Committee on Diversity (COD)

Contact: Aiyana Bedoya -

The GSAPP Committee on Diversity (COD) is an organization that is a faculty and student collaboration dedicated to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity in the practice of professional psychology. The COD is open to all and creates opportunities for outreach and diversity training, education, and training in multicultural psychology by fostering connections between faculty, students and alumni, especially connecting alumni of color with current GSAPP students. The COD is student-focused, committed to social justice, and creates nonjudgmental opportunities to learn and listen. The COD is an official committee of the dean’s office at GSAPP.

FOOD (Focus on our diversity)

Contacts: Chloe Chan - or Jordan Loya -

FOOD is a free therapy student group designed to be a safe space for students to process and express their feelings about diversity and the impact of sociocultural dynamics on their lived experiences both within the GSAPP community and beyond. FOOD groups include open-format discourse for students to express feelings about identity, intersectionality, culture, systems of power/privilege/oppression, and more. FOOD groups are open to all clinical, school, and MAP students. We encourage anyone with interest to learn more and join!

The Hispanic Organization of Professional Psychology Students (HOPPS)

Contact: Kevin Eslava -

As an organization HOPPS has set forth many goals. Among its most important is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for its members. An equally important goal is to actively assist the GSAPP in recruiting qualified Hispanic students to our programs. Other goals include: educating the larger GSAPP community to the needs of the Hispanic community, sponsoring educational and social activities that celebrate Latino culture, and collaborating with other GSAPP student organizations and alumni.

The Jewish Student Alliance (JSA)

Contact: Shulamis Halon -

JSA explores and celebrates Jewish culture to add meaning and cultural education to our psychological education.  Meetings are often held around Jewish holidays (Hannukah, Purim, Passover, Shavuot).

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

NASP is an association that empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.  At GSAPP, this group supports the education of our school psychology students by encouraging learning and about the field. 

Psychology students for social action (PSA)

Contact: Paulina Calcaterra -

PSA provides a space for students to develop and implement projects within and beyond GSAPP related to the intersection of psychology and social justice. Previous projects have included: advocating for multicultural training opportunities to return to GSAPP; advocating for gender-affirming practices and inclusivity of gender diversity within the CPS clinic medical record and training; compiling and sharing resources for accessible psychotherapy services for GSAPP students to utilize, etc. The group meets once a month and is an open, collaborative space. Look out for emails about when our next meeting will be!

Psychoanalytic Community at Rutgers (PCaR)

Contact: Tanya Lalwani - and Daniel Farina -

A learning community for those with an interest in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories and therapies.

Queer Student Association (QSA)

Contacts: Clark Bils - and Chase Johnson -

The QSA represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex community at GSAPP. We address issues of sexual and gender identity and practices that are relevant to clinical practice.  The QSA hosts relevant viewings and discussions of movies, maintains a queer presence during GSAPP events, provides consultation to student clinicians, and organizes social activities.