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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology (GSAPP)

GSAPP Mission

The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology (GSAPP) is an established student governing body that promotes the respect, support, and empowerment of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology students by facilitating an ongoing and dynamic exchange among students, faculty, and the University of Denver community.


The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology is responsible for the following activities and events for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology: The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology is responsible for a $100 reimbursement for each student at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology for seminars, workshops and conferences. The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology hosts an annual student panel for Comprehensive Exams for PsyD students, as well as speakers and panelists in specialty areas in psychology. The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology is responsible for mentorship groups for the various programs at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology to develop and enhance relationships within programs for faculty and staff. The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology sponsors the annual potluck during orientation, as well as additional social activities each quarter throughout the academic year. The Graduate Student Association of Professional Psychology is an active organization in the Graduate Student Association Council and has been present in interviews for faculty and staff at the Graduate School of Professional.

GSAPP Elections

Officers in GSAPP are nominated and selected by the students of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

DU HEALTH AND NEUROPSYCH CLUB (DUHNC) & APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Official Student Leadership Network Chapter 

DUHNC is committed to promoting the training and educational interests of graduate students aspiring to be neuropsychologists, clinical health psychologists, as well as students with interests in either/both of these areas. Encompassing the medical psychology field, we are also interested in related topics such as psychological assessment, health psychology, geropsychology, and therapeutic intervention (such as psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, case management, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) One of our primary goals as a club is to foster and develop inter-department relations through the activities we sponsor. We are currently cultivating a working relationship with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, and the Department of Psychology. It is part of our mission to hold events on topics that are of interest to this wider audience. Finally, we are committed to building relations with professional organizations and agencies within the greater Denver community and hope to co-sponsor workshops and conferences.


DUHNC is a student-run organization that represents and promotes the educational and training interests of DU graduate students specializing in clinical neuropsychology, clinical health psychology, as well as those students with interest in these areas. The primary purpose is the proliferation of information in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology to a diverse group of students at DU and the building of professional relationships with Psychologists in the community.

Guest Speakers

The club brings in a speaker three times a year. Speakers range from professionals in the field to community members who have been patients and are telling their stories so that we as clinicians can better understand their perspective. 

Our first guest of 2015-16 was Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, P rofessor of Clinical Psychology at the John F Kennedy University College of Graduate and Professional Studies. She has over 20 years of experience working with toddlers, children and adolescents. Her training includes attachment theory and treatment for clients who have experienced significant trauma across the lifespan. Dr. Coble-Temple also conducts forensic evaluations and serves as an expert witness for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the areas of differential diagnosis, trauma, multicultural competence and risk assessment for inmates who commit violent or sexual offenses.

As an advocate for people with disabilities, Dr. Coble-Temple is routinely asked to speak at National Conventions and provide training for businesses. She served as a Board member for APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology for five years and is currently serving a three year term on the Committee for Women in Psychology. She was also recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2016 and will be traveling around the US to speak about disability issues. It was such an honor to have her join us at GSPP!

Please check out Dr. Coble-Temple's talk below. (Click for full screen option.)

Source: DU VideoManager


  • Provide education and training on the general topic of international psychology
  • Provide services to the Denver community aimed at the international population (e.g., refugee, recent immigrants)
  • Provide professional development for those interested in the area of international psychology


  • Training and Education
    • Speakers
    • Trainings
  • Clinical Services (PPC, Philanthropy/community work)
    • requires approval and coordination with Fernand
    • PPC services (provide Fernand with list of resettlement agencies, recruit supervisors, develop a language list for the PPC)
    • Issues: Interpretation, advertising to the community, coordinating with existing service providers, supervision.
  • Professional Development
    • Internships abroad
    • Future international employment

GSPP specifics

Diversity requirements, international field placement (summer), language issues



  • To get more members of GSPP involved and informed about the Sport and Performance Psychology Program at DU
  • Arrange joint speakers with other clubs (Forensic, International Disaster, Health Psych, and PsyD)
  • Discussion lunches (special topics and career development)
  • Field trips (such as trips to the US Olympic Training Center)


Initially, to get the club organized, operating, and begin to establish a better connections with the other programs/faculty within GSPP. In the future, this club would be a great source for strengthening the applicant pool for the program (e.g., by reaching out and bringing awareness of the SPP program to undergraduate programs). It would also be a forum for speakers or discussion panels both inside and outside the GSPP community.


Ideally 4-5 core board members (both first and second years) all making decisions collectively and facilitating meetings/events together.

Commitment Level

Approximately one meeting each month and one speaker or discussion each term.


Some ideas proposed included t-shirt sales or fees at lunches where the money would go toward paying the speaker for his/her time and or travel expenses (if possible, we would hope to get lunches provided by local restaurants).

GaSPP (Guerilla actors' School of Professional Psychology)

GaSPP is a sketch comedy group that brings people together to discuss and laugh about sensitive topics of difference. It is a faculty-staff-student collaboration, performing roughly twice a year, and followed by dialogue. Salman Rushdie wrote, "The poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep." The theater's work is the same, but also to entertain.

Voices of Discovery (VOD)

Voices of Discovery is a program designed to allow students, faculty, and staff to explore multicultural issues in small groups over time. Groups meet two times per quarter during club/committee hour, and members are asked to participate for a year to facilitate continuity and to deepen the experience.

Diversity Dialogues

The Diversity Dialogues are open to all students in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The committee will meet once per month and address topics such as identity-based violence, microaggressions in the classroom, micro-aggressions in the therapy room, working with diverse populations, among many other topics. The committee will host Town Halls for all students, faculty, and staff to discuss areas of diversity, current events, and multiculturalism in our work as Mental Health Professionals. The committee will also host workshops as well as cultural events to represent the diversity and multiculturalism of GSPP. The aim of this committee is to create a space for healthy dialogue of difficult topics and to promote an inclusive culture at GSPP while honoring and recognizing the various backgrounds that we bring to this building and our work..