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2017-2018 PPAGS Board of Directors



Jessica M. Dougan, M.A.Chair

School & year in program: 5th year Psy.D student at Marywood University and currently an intern at Greenville VA Health Care Center

Joined PPAGS:  I joined PPAGS in 2013 and have become more and more involved each year!

Why I Love PPAGS: PPA is so welcoming of PPAGS and student members. One of the biggest reasons I love PPAGS is the networking opportunities. I have met so many wonderful students and psychologists over the few short years I have been a member. There are also many opportunities for leadership and professional development. PPAGS is the future of psychology in Pennsylvania and I am honored to be a part of an organization that does so much for its students and members.

Fun Fact: My favorite TV show is Friends!


Jessica Reinhard, M.A.  - Chair-Elect

School - Immaculata University

Joined PPGAS: I joined PPAGS in 2013 and have enjoyed all of the amazing opportunities the organization provides.  I especially love the annual convention, when I can network with other students and professionals.  I also feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world after convention!

Fun Fact: While in college, I studied monkeys in their natural habitat in Costa Rica.  I spent the entire semester without running water and minimal electricity.  


Amanda Sellers, Psy.D.- Past Chair

School & year in program: KidsPeace, Postdoctoral Fellow

Joined PPAGS: 2013 as Communications Chair

Why I Love PPAGS: PPAGS has opened so many doors for me! First, the networking is very helpful. I have been able to develop relationships with other aspiring psychologists, plus those who have been practicing for many years and can provide mentorship. Additionally, the scholarships I have received through the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation have been invaluable. Not only are the monetary awards so helpful, but being recognized at the Annual PPA Convention has been such an honor. As Past Chair, I look forward to paying forward all this organization has done for me.

Fun Fact: I have a large plot in my local community garden! I love growing many different kinds of fresh vegetables and then finding creative new recipes to cook with them.


Whitney Walsh, M.S. - Communication Focus

School & year in program: Chestnut Hill College, 4th Year Doctoral Student

Joined PPAGS: 2017 as Communications Chair

Why I Love PPAGS: My experience with PPAGS so far has fbeen nothing but positive! Being a relatively new member, I appreciated that I was welcomed with open arms and given the opportunity to take on the Communications Focus. I love PPA's passion for opening doors for grad students and ECPs across the state and I'm thrilled that I'm able to be a part of that!

Fun Fact: I absolutely love being outdoors. I enjoy swimming, running, biking, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding etc. and I've completed 3 sprint triathlons.


Kameelah M. Mu'Min, M.Ed. - Diversity Focus

School and Year in Program: Chestnut Hill College, Year 4 (Fall 2016)

When you joined PPAGS and in what capacity: I joined PPAGS in 2014 as the Diversity Focus Chair

Why You Love PPAGS: I love PPAGS because it offers students a voice and opportunity to become involved in meaningful conversations that are relevant, timely and impact both our personal and professional lives.

FunFact: Over a decade ago, I owned a scratch bakery in West Philadelphia  called Sugar Hill Bakery. While I decided to pursue psychology as a career, I remain an avid baker.




 Camille St. James, M.S. - Programming Focus

School & year in program: Chestnut Hill College, 5th Year PsyD Student

Joined PPAGS: 2014

Why I Love PPAGS and PPA: PPAGS and PPA have placed me in the middle of a powerful community of inspired and inspiring psychologists and psychologists in training. As a non-traditional (a.k.a. older) student it is a blessing to have access to a wide range of support. Also, as a member of the first class of Emerging Leaders, I was able to get to know the PPA leadership and learn more about this effective organization and the great work we do in terms of advocacy, public education, internship fairs, and other key initiatives. As Programming Chair I look forward to working with my fellow Board members to invigorate student programming initiatives, grow our membership, and continue to provide useful services to our student members. This is a wonderful organization and I am honored to be a part of it. In short, PPA does it right and I am proud to embrace PPA President, Dr. David Zehrung’s initiative and say: “I am PPA!”

Fun Fact: I am a life-long artist and although school takes up much of my time, I find ways to express my creativity through writing, gardening, and some traditional outlets like drawing and sculpture.


Karishma Lalchandani, M.S. - Advocacy Coordinator

School & year in program - I'm a third-year student in Widener University's PsyD program.

I joined PPAGS to meet other students in psychology and be more involved in the psychology community in Pennsylvania.

A fun fact about me is that I work as an art instructor at Painting with a Twist. 



Marie McGrath, Ph.D. - Representative from PPA Board of Directors

School & Year in Program: I graduated from Temple University’s School Psychology program, where Dr. Joe Rosenfeld and Dr. Irwin Hyman encouraged all of their students to get involved with PPA. I took their message to heart, and am glad I did!

Why I Love PPAGS: As someone who’s benefited tremendously from the professional and personal connections I’ve made through PPA, I really appreciate the opportunities that PPAGS provides for students to network with peers from other graduate programs, to connect with Pennsylvania psychologists, and to learn more about professional opportunities available to them. I’m very excited to become more involved in PPAGS’s work this year as the PPA Board of Directors Representative.

Fun Fact: I love to dabble in different arts and crafts; fiber arts and glasswork are my favorites.


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