Counseling Psychology student, Abby Bernett, has been appointed to serve as the student representative for the American Psychological Association, Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service. As the Student Representative, Abby's responsibilities will include writing a column for the Division 18 newsletter, addressing student concerns, actively engaged in Division 18 projects and coordinating student activities at the annual APA conference.
Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service, is committed to improving the psychological condition of persons served by public sector agencies. The diverse membership includes psychologists in academic settings, community mental health centers, state hospitals, correctional facilities, police and public safety agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and other publicly-funded organizations committed to public welfare. Particular interests include advocacy, access to service, education and training, public policy formulation, research and program evaluation, and prevention efforts. Recent efforts include addressing issues related to suicide and violence prevention,homelessness, serious mental illness, trauma, prescriptive authority, and hospital practice.