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Emerging Leaders Program



The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) Emerging Leaders Program seeks graduate students and/or Early Career Psychologist (ECP)* members of PPA to join this hands-on, highly experiential leadership development opportunity designed specifically for promising state association leaders. This year-long experience will refine and strengthen the leadership skills of those selected for this dynamic program. The ultimate goal of the program is to identify and nurture future generations of PPA psychologist leaders. A significant effort will be put into bringing a diverse group of emerging leaders into the program. For more information on eligibility and the ideal candidate for this program, please see the “Information for PPA Emerging Leaders Program Candidates” form on the PPA website.

*The term “Early Career Professional” is defined by PPA as those who are within the first ten (10) years of receipt of their doctorate or a School Psychologist designation.

Click here to download an Emerging Leaders Application

Program Structure


  • To promote and foster participant involvement in PPA leadership throughout and upon completion of the program.
  • Participants will complete a Leadership Action Learning Project with an experienced PPA leader who will assist in project development and implementation.
    • Participants will collaborate with mentor to submit a CE presentation proposal for PPA 2021 Convention on any related topic, in which project outcomes will be reviewed as part of the presentation.
  • Participants will attend all zoom calls throughout the program year (typically 5-7, lasting 1 hour each; 2019-2020 zoom call topics included: PPA governance, staff, and structure; PA legislation; Ethics in leadership; Your future in PPA; Meet the PPA presidential trio, and Publishing opportunities within PPA.
  • Participants will attend PPA 2020 Convention in Lancaster, PA (Friday afternoon at minimum), PPA 2021 Convention, and 2-3 additional in-person meetings throughout the year (September 2020, and February 2021).


  • Registration waived for one day at PPA 2021 Convention and one overnight room comped
  • Ongoing leadership training workshops throughout the year.
  • Exposure and opportunities to network with psychologists and psychology leaders throughout the state.
  • The opportunity to expand leadership potential and explore leadership opportunities through PPA.
  • Ongoing support and mentorship by a PPA member.

Information for PPA Emerging Leaders Program Candidates

In an effort to demonstrate transparency and help prospective applicants make informed decisions, please consider the following information regarding expected leadership experience and involvement in PPA.

The purpose of the PPA Emerging Leaders program is to develop a group of individuals who desire to move into positions as new leaders within PPA. The program is also focused on building the diversity of leadership in PPA in a variety of areas, including gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation/expression, geographic location, and professional interests.

Preference will be given to those who have the following:

  1. The candidate should have minimal leadership experience in PPA.
    - We will ask candidates about the specifics and quality of experiences they have had in their leadership roles (including those roles within and outside of PPA)
    - Have no more than one prior committee or leadership position in PPA and should not have served as a committee/board chair (of a non-student run committee)
    - The candidate could have served in a leadership role in PPAGS or APAGS
  2. The candidate should have limited leadership experience in other psychological groups beyond PPA (e.g. APA, APA Division, City Association - each are viewed separately) and should not have served as chair on committees/boards within those organizations.
  3. All levels of leadership activity throughout school, postdoc, and work experience as accepted (not required and not disqualifying).
  4. The candidate's diversity factors (reflected in the mission statement above) will be considered.
  5. Year in graduate program and consideration to progress on dissertation will have bearing in candidate consideration and could be asked of the candidate during the interview process to ensure Emerging Leaders Program project will be feasible in relation to school demands.
  6. Importantly, candidates for the Emerging Leaders program, including their previous leadership experience, are reviewed on an individual basis.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or whether you would be a good fit for the Emerging Leaders program, please reach out to Dr. Julie Radico (

If, in reading this, you have identified as someone who may have too much experience for this program, please do not be discouraged! PPA wants you to be involved as well. Please reach out to Dr. Julie Radico (PPA Emerging Leaders Chair) Please make a reference to Emerging Leaders in the subject line of your email.

Click here to download an Emerging Leaders Application

Applications are due by March 1, 2020. Questions? Contact Erin Brady, Manager of Member Communications, at or Julie Radico, Emerging Leaders Chair,