Opportunities and Activities


GPSA - Graduate Psychology Student Association

The Graduate Psychology Student Association (GPSA) is an organization of the graduate students in the Masters and Psy.D. Programs. Its purpose is to provide student involvement in the establishment, modification, and implementation of the policies and procedures governing the graduate psychology programs. It provides encouragement and fellowship for the students as well as providing opportunities to develop skills and direction in professional development. Officers, Standing Committee and Student Faculty Recruitment Committee members are elected by the student body each year to represent the classes/levels of each program (Catalog of Wheaton College). Memberships to all other committees are on a volunteer basis. GPSA also provides a forum for students to discuss department issues as a group and to bring their views to the faculty.


President - Presides at meetings of the GPSA. Meets with the Department Chair, Sponsor, or appointed faculty members to communicate outcomes of GPSA meetings as needed. Attends graduate faculty meetings periodically.

Vice President - Assists President in the executive responsibilities. Presides at GPSA meetings and serves as substitute in the President's absence.

Treasurer - Monitors budget, expense commitments and completes procedures for expenses and other financial matters.

Secretary - Records and distributes all meeting minutes and GPSA correspondence and keeps the GPSA files.

It is preferable, but not necessary that two officers be from the Psy.D. program and two from the M.A. program.

Class Representatives - Two representatives from each Psy.D. year (1st - 4th) and two from each M.A. class are elected or volunteer; at most a total of twelve representatives. A representative for the Psy.D. pre-doctoral interns is desirable, but not required. Class representatives serve as spokespersons for their class and assist in coordinating various activities, such as, sign-ups for events, requesting volunteers, etc.

Student Life Enrichment Director (SLED) - develops and coordinates social activities for the graduate psychology community for the school year. One or two assistants may be recruited from the student body.

Sponsor - The Psychology Program Administrator serves as a resource of information and liaison for coordination of GPSA activities.

Standing Committees of Psychology Department that may have student representatives:

  • Clinical Training Committee
  • Admissions and Academic Requirements Committee
  • Multicultural Committee

Research Support

Psy.D. Program Student Conference Travel Scholarship

Up to $650 per year. Given the research opportunities students have within the department, opportunities may arise to make a presentation with faculty at a conference. This scholarship covers eligible expenses related to the conference if the student is working with a faculty member on the project being presented and helps make the presentation. Eligible expenses are conference registration fees, presentation materials, travel, lodging and presentation costs.

Graduate Student Conference Presentation (GSCP) Grant and Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

Up to $500 per year. In addition to the Psy.D. Student Travel Scholarship, the Wheaton College Graduate School offers opportunities for students of the program to receive grants for presenting scholarship at conferences.

Psy.D. Diversity & Justice Mini-Grant

Up to $1000.  Students may apply for funding from the Diversity & Justice Committee for projects that address issues of cultural diversity and biblical justice in clinical psychology.

Dissertation Support

Up to $500. A limited dissertation grant is available for students whose research requires expenditure for direct expenses such as printing, postage, and equipment costs.

Graduate School Interdisciplinary Poster Symposium

Each spring, the Wheaton College Graduate School hosts an Interdisciplinary Poster Symposium which highlights chosen work of Psy.D. students and Biblical and Theological Studies Ph.D. students. Psy.D. student posters chosen for the symposium must represent a topic of theoretical or applied integration. A winner from each discipline will be chosen and monetary awards are made.

Professional Membership

The Psy.D. program encourages its students to pursue memberships in professional organizations during their training. We have student members of the the American Psychological Association (APA), International Neuropsychological Association (INS), and Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). Involvement in these organizations allows students to make contact and collaborate with other students and professionals in the field, stay informed on current research both in the field of psychology as a whole and in the field of Christian psychology specifically, and to gain experience being involved with and presenting research.

Every year, students from Wheaton's graduate programs have the opportunity to submit research for review to present at the national conferences of organizations such as APA, INS and CAPS.

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