Recent Indictment of an AKPA Member

The Alaska Psychological Association (AKPA) is deeply saddened to learn of the recent indictment of one of our members on charges of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography. Without commenting on the current charges, as we have no information about them beyond what has been presented by local news outlets, we wish to make the following statement. AKPA universally and unequivocally condemns any action, whether taken by an AKPA member or a member of the public, which violates the rights or general wellbeing of others. We fully support investigations by the appropriate authorities into matters which run contrary to these basic tenets of our profession.

We wish to acknowledge the support available, through Alaskan agencies and national bodies, for people who feel that they have been victims of abuse:

Alaska Cares, (907) 561-8301,

National Sexual Violence Resource Center, (717) 909-0710,

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), (800) 656-4673,

Time to renew your AK-PA membership!

It’s time to renew your annual membership for 2018!!! The membership year runs Jan 1st to Dec 31. Save 10% off your dues if you renew by January 31st!

Some of the Benefits of Membership include:

  • Opportunity to be involved in how the field of psychology develops and is represented in Alaska
  • Monitoring of proposed legislation and Legislative lobbying to protect your interests as a Psychological Professional in Alaska
  • Discounts for AK-PA sponsored Continuing Education events
  • Access to the AK-PA members-only listserv
  • Free listing in the Member Referral Directory
  • Free ethics consultations
  • Two $500 Student Research Grants are offered annually to qualified applicants to support our undergraduate and graduate student members
  • AK-PA Graduate Students (AKPAGS) provide student members opportunities for student leadership and host Fifth Friday Socials
  • Fifth Friday Socials are non-CE training, colloquium, social, or collegial events that connect the professional and student communities

AK-PA invites your participation! We value our members and the contributions they bring to our communities across Alaska. Joining AK-PA provides a platform for supporting and shaping the profession, mentoring emerging professionals, networking with other providers, and sharing experiences on diverse topics!

Click here to join/renew your membership today!

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).

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