Benefits of Being a SPAGS Member

What are the benefits of being a member of the Society for Personality Assessment Graduate Student (SPAGS) association? Well, the goal of SPAGS is to connect students within SPA, provide opportunities to interact and network with professional members, promote student research, encourage reliable and valid psychological assessment, and maintain contact between SPA and graduate training institutions. But there’s so much more!

SPAGS aims to help you establish a professional identity prior to your transition into an early career psychologist. This is done through the many events and opportunities organized by SPAGS designed to benefit student members. In addition to discounted conference registration and workshop fees, SPAGS hosts social events and lunches during the annual SPA convention. These events offer students opportunities to establish working relationships and positive rapport with like-minded students and chances to meet, and network with, prominent SPA members. SPAGS also organizes SPA convention sessions designed to provide students with important career guidance (e.g., post-doctoral assistantships), as well as instruction (e.g., advanced research methods).

Another advantage of SPAGS membership is the opportunity to serve as a SPAGS Board Member. Elected positions provide excellent leadership experiences and serve an important function in coordinating SPAGS events; SPAGS Board Members are involved in decision-making processes for SPA, have the opportunity to initiate and implement projects in SPA and SPAGS that impact and/or influence the culture of SPA, and SPAGS Board Members commonly collaborate with the SPA Board of Trustees and other SPA committees (e.g., Proficiency Committee, Student Matters Committee, Diversity Committee).

Finally, all SPAGS members are given the ability to join the official SPAGS Facebook group ( and the official SPAGS ListServ, which keeps current and former SPAGS members connected and provides members access to valuable resources (e.g., conference workshop materials, advice and resources for internship applications, grant applications, and for conducting and publishing research). Please email for information on how to join the official SPAGS ListServ.

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