Welcome to the Student Committee Page!

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Dear Division 52 Student Members,

It is my sincere honor and privilege to introduce myself as the current Student Chair for Division 52. 2020 has been a challenging year of collective loss across the globe, but as we progress through 2021, I am hopeful that this will be a year filled with health, wellness, new opportunities, connections with loved ones and new colleagues/peers, and of course, joy.

My hope is for Division 52 to become a more student-driven and student-supportive division in this next year, as our students comprise the next generation of international psychologists. I am hopeful that together, we can make this happen. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work together, and please know that I am here to support you, however possible.

Daniel Balva

Meet the Elected Student Committee Chairs

2021 Student Committee Chair and Student Representative to the Division 52 Board of Directors
Daniel Balva (he/him/his) is a 4th year Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia who is currently completing his internship at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has a strong passion for global mental health, multiculturalism and international social justice concerns, juvenile justice, and disability awareness— all of which form the basis of his research interests, leadership involvement in various organizations, and international collaborations and engagement.

2021 Student Committee Past Chair
Ankita Nikalje is a 4th year Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate at Purdue University. Ankita is also closely connected with Div. 17 Counseling Psychology and Division on South Asian Americans (Asian American Psychological Association). She truly believes that International Psychology cuts across all the various disciplines of psychology and that this is best represented in the work we all do.

2021 Student Committee Chair Elect
Erinn Cameron is a first-generation university student currently working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with specializations in social justice and neuropsychology at Fielding Graduate University. She lives on an island in the Salish Sea, where she enjoys eco-living in an intentional community, making music, cooking, and gardening with her family. Having lived in several countries and participated in academic and humanitarian work across the globe, Ms. Cameron brings a wealth of international, cultural, and life experience to her work. Her ongoing research and clinical work focus on human rights, gender inequality, human trafficking, women’s health, and cannabis use. In addition to her work with the APA Division 52 board, Erinn is also a campus representative for APA Division 35, and a student board member of the International Council of Psychologists.

Get Involved!

We gladly welcome students to join any of the Division 52 Committees and Special Interest Groups, which include the following:

  • Advocacy Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Convention and Programming Committee
  • Curriculum & Training Committee
  • Early Career Professional (ECP) Committee
  • Immigration and Refugees Special Interest Group
  • International Committee for Women
  • International Environmental Justice Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Newsletter/International Psychology Bulletin Committee
  • Science Committee
  • Student Committee
  • Trauma and Disaster Special Interest Group
  • Webinar Committee
  • Website and Social Media Committee

We also welcome our students to join the Division 52 Student Committee. A list of current student initiatives can be found below. If you are interested in joining the Student Committee or any of the above listed committees, or if you would like to get involved with any of the student initiatives listed below, please email Daniel at daniel.balva@uga.edu.

Join Division 52 Student Listserv and Follow Us On Social Media!

Div52 STU Listserv: We invite you to sign up for, and join, our division’s student listserv to stay apprised of current initiatives, upcoming student events, shared resources for students, and to maintain communication with fellow peers from around the world!

Division 52 Facebook Group: Join us on Facebook to further connect with fellow members!

Division 52 Twitter: Be sure to keep up with division updates by following Division 52 on Twitter!

Keep in Touch!

We encourage you all to email us with any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have!

APA Division 52 Student Awards

International-Related Funding Opportunities for Students

International-Related Resources for Students

Fellowship, Volunteer, Work, and Immersion Experiences Abroad

Current Division 52 Student Initiatives

Recruitment and Retention

Our hope for this year and subsequent years is to make Division 52 a home for students in different countries of the world. As we do so, recruitment and retention efforts are important for us to ensure that every student is warmly welcomed into our division and feels a sense of belonging as future groundbreakers in international psychology. We are currently offering 10-free Division 52 Student Membership Needs-Based Scholarships for International Students both within and outside the U.S.!

Programming and Networking

Student programming within the Division continues to highlight cross-cultural collaborations with fellow APA divisions and international organizations/ associations so that we can provide our students with comprehensive global programming and opportunities to connect with peers in different regions of the world.

Global Student Psychology Committee

In December 2020, we initiated the creation of a Global Student Psychology Committee with psychology student representatives in every country of the world to unify the field of psychology and provide a more international and global perspective within the field. We currently have representatives from 27 different countries and counting! For more information, please visit: https://apadivision52

Dine & Discuss Programming Recordings

Below, you will find some of our bimonthly “Dine & Discuss” programming recordings, during which time we virtually gather around the kitchen table with leading professionals in international psychology to discuss a variety of international related topics within the profession. We hope you enjoy!

Student Webinar Recordings

Below, you will find some of our student-focused webinar series, designed to provide more research and awareness about international related opportunities for students within the field of psychology. We hope you enjoy!

Upcoming Division 52 Student Events

International Research Database

Over the course of the 2021 year, the American Psychological Association’s Division 52 (International Psychology) Student Committee has been working on the project, “International Research Databases,” which involved collecting the names of various online research databases located in different countries across the globe. By doing so, we aimed to highlight the utility of using these databases when designing and conducting cross-cultural research studies, rather than solely relying on databases in the U.S. We believe this resource will provide students with greater access and insight into important databases used around the world, which we hope will help facilitate further internationalization of our profession.

The below flyer includes the names and links to databases across the globe, as well as a direct link to a Google Form (https://bit.ly/3ppwfdA) that anyone can edit. If you have databases that are not included in this resource, please feel free to add the information to the Google Form. We are greatly appreciative of every individual who contributed to this initiative as without your input, we would not have been able to successfully create this resource.

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Meet the Student Committee Members

(Not pictured: Gunjan Bansal, Megan Hall, Emily Lutringer, Janine Ray, Amy Sisson, Stylianos Syropoulos, and Guolin Zhang)

Aashna Banerjee (she/her) is pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Ball State University in Indiana. Originally from India, Aashna currently serves on the student committee for Division 52, the newsletter team for Division 48, and is the student member for Section for Advancement of Women in Division 17. Aashna’s clinical work strives towards the liberation and empowerment of diverse clientele. Additionally, her research focuses on the intersection between international psychology, counseling psychology, and peace psychology. Currently, she is developing her dissertation and hopes to use positive psychology principles to reduce sexual violence amongst women in India.

Aldo Barrita

Aldo Barrita is a queer Latinx doctoral student for the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US when he was 16. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with high honors. His research focus includes how different forms of discrimination, primarily microaggressions, psychologically impact individuals from marginalized communities. Specifically, he has a special interest in Latinx and/or LGBTQ+ experiences with microaggressions as well as psychometrics. Aldo Barrita currently serves as media coordinator for the National Latinx Psychology Association (NLPA) and Associate Editor for their newsletter Psychology Today. He recently received the NLPA President citation in 2020 for his advocacy, scholarship, and service.

Stephanie Elizabeth Beckman

Stephanie Elizabeth Beckman served the 4th Annual Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) Conference & Expo as a project manager. She offered behind-the-scenes support to the MEPA President and the planning committee. She organized international psychology student “MEPA Ambassadors” to introduce conference speakers.  Stephanie developed the script for the speaker introductions, the outreach and connection emails, and speaker thank yous. She developed the MEPA Ambassador training, and collaboratively trained each of the ambassadors on professionalism and public speaking for an international conference, how to use Zoom, and how to access the conference platform. In addition, she served as an ambassador herself, introducing the keynote speaker’s session. Moreover, she co-presented a “Student Networking Session” (in the student track of the conference). Finally, she supported student groups in an international psychology field experience course in a culturally responsive SWOT analysis of the conference presented by students to the MEPA President and conference committee.

Ana Hill

Ana Hill, M.A. (she/her/ella) is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Georgia. She is currently in her fourth year of the program and will soon begin an APA-accredited Health Services Psychology internship in August 2021. Ana’s research interests are related to cross-cultural topics such as ethnic identity development, language and culture, bicultural and multiculturalism, Latinx self-categorization theories, clinical supervision, cross-cultural mentorship, and the globalization of clinical mental health services worldwide. For fun, Ana enjoys running outside, playing sports, hiking, reading, and loving on her two cats.

Lisseth London

Lisseth London, is an Afro-Latina currently concluding her PhD in International Psychology with an emphasis in Trauma Service at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation is a qualitative interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). The analysis looks at to what extent incorporating faith-based indigenous practices into traditional mental health care by Ghanaian mental health professionals is being used to help indigenous people of Ghana in need of psychological services and if collaborating is feasible, per their perception of the problem identified in the Mental Health Act 2012.

Ms. London has been implementing a Trauma Informed Resilient environment globally. Her focus is to build stronger organizations, individuals, and communities through Trauma Informed education, training, and advocacy. Ms. London’s desire to help implement a holistic Trauma Informed Resiliency Training© (TIRT) approach in organizations globally targeting communities facing traumatic experiences and challenges, such as: human trafficking & exploitation; women and child violence; immigration, migration, internally displaced persons (IDP); socioeconomic hardship; environmental tragedies; racial barriers among BIPOC groups; and more. Ms. London trainings has given her the opportunity to collaborate with organizations in the USA, Canada,  Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, Nigeria, Zambia,  Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. She is currently consulting at the House of Hilkiah Foundation in Benue State, Nigeria bringing awareness to the fight towards combating human trafficking and exploitaion in IDP camps; SparkLife International SI an organization in Hohoe Volta Region, Ghana seeking to elevate the statuses of women,children, and youth by designing ways to promote resiliency, innovation, and technology to create leaders of change; and the Federation of International Gender and Human Rights advocating for human rights globally. Ms. London has also published reflection pieces in both Division 52 and Division 56. You can find her pieces here:

Div. 52- http://traumapsychnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TPN-Summer-2020.pdf

Div. 56- http://div52.net/ipb-2021-25-1/

Rita M. Rivera, M.S.

Rita M. Rivera, M.S., is pursuing a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Albizu University in Florida. Originally from Honduras, Rita is chair of the Florida Psychological Association of Graduate Students (FPAGS), president of the Florida Graduate Coalition for Medical Psychology, student ambassador for APA Division 15, student representative for APA Division 49, and co-chair of several working groups of the Interdivisional COVID-19 Taskforce, including the Higher Education working group. Rita is also a writer for APA’s Society of Counseling Psychology-SCP Connect Team. This past semester, Rita successfully proposed her dissertation topic and was published in several outlets, including Eye on Psi Chi, The National Psychologist, and Psychology Today! You can find her latest article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychological-trauma-coping-and-resilience/202103/the-lethal-covid-19-pandemic-for

Mengqing Shang is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University. She is interested in indigenization of psychotherapy, Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Before entering the counseling field, Mengqing was in a MA/PhD program in cultural anthropology, where she focused on psychological and medical anthropology and researched the indigenization of psychotherapy in contemporary China.

Neha Srinivas (she/her/hers) is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Originally from India, Neha has experience volunteering at non-profit organizations aiming to reduce stigma around mental health issues and violence against women. She has also contributed to the Demographic Groups and Suicide Risk section of Connecticut’s Suicide Prevention Plan 2025 by writing sections on factors affecting Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans/Alaskan Natives. Neha is currently a member of the Division 52 Student Committee, the Global Student Psychology Committee, the American Association of Suicidology, and the Global Psychosocial Network. Her clinical work includes working with marginalized populations and specializing in trauma work with adolescents and young adults. As a member of FDU’s Stigma and Trauma Mental Health lab, her research interests are within the field of global mental health and specifically focus on cultural variations in psychopathology and how stigma affects the risk, prevention, and intervention of psychological disorders.

Division 52 Student Committee 2021 Year-In-Review

With 2022 marking Division 52’s 25th Anniversary, we invite you to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our Student Committee throughout the 2021 year via our 2021 Year-In-Review Newsletter.