Now Accepting Proposals for Student Research & Service Grants

AK-PA offers two $500 grants each year to support undergraduate and graduate student research & community service projects in the field of psychology. Proposals need to be submitted via email to no later than October 18, 2017. A detailed description of proposal requirements can be found in this PDF.

Student research grant recipients will be notified via email and congratulated on the AK-PA listservs and website. Grantees will accept their funds and briefly share about their research / service project at the AK-PA Annual Meeting on November 18, 2017!

Questions? Send an email to your AK-PA Graduate Student representatives at

Upcoming Fifth Friday Event!

Join us on September 29 for AK-PA’s Fifth Friday event!

Katie Bell, MA, LPC, specializes in a whole person approach to understanding and practicing adolescent, adult, and family psychotherapy. She is a Registered Art Therapist and will be presenting on the topic of art therapy.

Visit our Fifth Friday Socials page to learn more about these events!

Board of Directors Election Results

Congratulations to the new AK-PA BOD members! Visit our Board of Directors page to learn more about them and their roles on the Board.

Hannah Ekstrom, PsyD

Brittany Freitas-Murrell, MS

Erin Johnson, PhD

We are still seeking individuals interested in serving as President-Elect and Treasurer for the Board. If you are interested, please use the form on the Elections page to submit your information to our Executive Director!

Board of Directors Elections

The time is upon us to elect new members to the AK-PA Board of Directors!

Please consider taking five minutes out of your day to visit our Elections page, where you can review the slate of candidates for our Member-at-Large seats and cast your vote!

‘Tis the Season!

To celebrate spring’s arrival, our website has gotten a new look! There have also been a number of updates around the site (with more to come) — if you haven’t already, take a look around!

Members of AK-PA’s Diversity, Social Justice, and Human Rights Committee have worked hard over the past several months to bring you a new and improved presence on our website. Check out their updated mission statement (approved by the Board in 2016) and get to know a few of AK-PA’s members who are doing work in very diverse settings.

AK-PA’s Ethics Committee now has a presence on our website as well. Visit today to learn about the committee and access resources related to ethical practice. As a reminder, consultation with the chair of the Ethics Committee is offered free of charge as a benefit of AK-PA membership!

A few photos from the AK-PA Annual Meeting have been posted, highlighting the different awards that were given by AK-PA in 2016. Head over to the AK-PA Awards section of the site to check them out.

We have also updated our Board of Directors page. Visit it today to learn more about the current members of AK-PA’s Board and the positions they hold. Elections for the Board will be taking place soon — to nominate yourself or someone else, visit our Elections page!

Finally, the pages describing the [AK-PA] and [AKPA-MH] listservs have been updated. If you utilize either of these valuable resources, please take a few moments to re-aquaint yourself with the guidelines for using the listservs, including the standardized format to be used when posting referrals (approved by the Board in 2016).

Comments or questions can be sent to!

Time to renew your AK-PA membership!

It’s time to renew your annual membership with AK-PA for 2017. The membership year runs Jan 1st to Dec 31. Save 10% off your dues if you renew by January 31st!

Benefits of Membership
>>  Utilize the AK-PA listserv and our E-Newsletter for active and continuous interaction about state-wide resources, issues and best practices. The E-Newsletter is only sent to current members!!
>>  Enjoy fellowship, collegiality, and networking opportunities with peers state-wide.
>>  Participate in interest groups and committees to share your ideas.
>>  Apply for small grants and travel funds for our rural Alaskan members.
>>  Free listing in our online Professional Referral Directory of licensed AK-PA clinical members with advertisement of your credentials, specialties, contact information and website.
>>  Free listing in our online Speaker Referral Directory to market your expertise to agencies, associations, reporters, schools and panels for talks and interviews.
>>  Enjoy discounts on CE events.
>>  Receive free ethics consultation.
>>  Legislative advocacy for state mental health practice in Juneau and D.C.

AK-PA needs and values your participation. We cannot be better than our membership. It is our professional responsibility to support and shape the profession, mentor newer professionals, bolster professional cohesion, and contribute to psychological education.

Membership in the Alaska Psychological Association is the best vehicle for all of these values. The more you lend your talent to AK-PA, the more impact your work will have and the more we will accomplish. Thank you for your continued support of your state professional association – we look forward to serving you during the coming year!

Click here to join / renew your membership!

Having the Most Difficult Conversation

In this brief article, members of the North Carolina Psychological Association’s Colleague Assistance Committee present several guidelines that can help one to decide whether and how to share concerns about a colleague’s behavior.

Download a PDF of the article here


Unveiling the New Website!

Welcome to the new and improved AK-PA website. Our former website, graciously managed by Dr. Peter Strisik,  had many useful features, but had been become antiquated over the years. Our improved website is powered by the adaptable wordpress platform and was inspired by the state psychological associations of Pennsylvania, Nevada,  and Wyoming . We hope that wordpress will enable this site to adapt and grow in the years to come. So please enjoy the new website and be patient in the beginning.
– Jaedon Avey (

New Capabilities and Additions:

  • Electronic membership registration: No more faxing forms! Electronic registration and payment is more convenient for everyone.  Click here to join or renew.
  • Electronic event registration: Members and non-members can register for continuing education and training through our electronic  event calendar.
  • Automated payment with email confirmation: Thought you renewed your membership? Now you can renew automatically by credit card based on your profile preferences.
  • Enhanced member referral directory: Completely revamped member referral directory. Graphics, customization. service mapping, and a portal to allow updating.
  • Content Archives: Archives of newsletters and select digitized past training events are available (sorry to CEs on archived training events).
  • Research recruitment list: Students can now have a platform for listing provider surveys.
  • List of Award Recipients: See the contributions of colleagues going back several years.
  • Streamlined presentation and navigation: A visually appealing look with improved search functioning.
  • Relevant professional advertising: Vendors, suppliers, and consultants will have a better opportunity to advertise.

Features Removed 

  • Separate speaker referral directory is gone: Full members will need to add this information into their directory.