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LEAD Institute Fellow Award

SCCAP acknowledges that the success of the society and the field of psychology is dependent upon the diversity of individuals stepping up to fill leadership roles.  In order to promote leadership development and potential future leaders within SCCAP, its Diversity Committee created the bi-annual Leadership Education to Advance Diversity (LEAD) Institute.

The goal of the SCCAP Leadership Education to Advance Diversity (LEAD) Institute is to provide professional development, networking, and leadership skills for graduate students and early career professionals (ECP’s). Graduate students and ECP’s who are members of Division 53 (SCCAP) are eligible to apply. The full-day leadership institute offers LEAD participants (also known as LEAD fellows) to attend sessions with invited guest speakers that address topics such as: leadership in the community and profession, cultural sensitivity in practice, tips on publishing, and learning skills in media psychology.

LEAD is intended to provide graduate students and ECP’s from diverse groups (e.g., ethnic and racial, sexual and gender diversity, individuals with a disability) the opportunity to gain leadership and professional skills, and increase their professional network. LEAD fellows also have the opportunity to be on a special email distribution list that announces educational, leadership, and award opportunities.  Participation in LEAD also allows for eligible participants to earn Continuing Education Credits.  LEAD will also produce periodic virtual learning opportunities at no cost to participants.

If the LEAD Institute is held virtually due to public health concerns and travel is not required, upon completion of the program LEAD Fellows will be given $300 to put toward participation in other SCCAP sponsored conferences or educational opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria for LEAD Fellows:

  • This institute is open to graduate students from APA, PCSAS, or CPA-accredited programs, or from schools that have officially entered into the accreditation process, OR ECP’s (members within 10-years of earning their doctoral degree).
  • Applicants must be a member of SCCAP. SCCAP is free to join for students and post-docs (
  • Fellows that are selected will also be required to demonstrate their involvement in leadership activities within 1-year after this program (e.g., serving as a member of a SCCAP committee).


Applications for 2023 LEAD will be accepted August 1- November 4th, 2022 11:59pm EST.  

Notifications will be sent by Jan 13, 2023.

If you have questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process, please contact

*Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s CV and their description of the benefits of being selected as a LEAD fellow.

Erlanger Turner, PhD

LEAD Institute, Chair

SCCAP encourages and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, disability, gender, geography, nationality, race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

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Congratulations to the 2021 LEAD Institute Fellows

Allegra Anderson Vanderbilt University
Keisha April, PhD New York University
Tara Benninger, PhD Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University
Tahlia Bragg Fielding Graduate University
Patricia Carreño Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Ashley Castro DePaul University
Wendy Chu University of South Carolina
Jacqueline Duong Florida International University
Rosa Espinoza, PsyD University of Southern California
Jennifer Gamarra University of California, Los Angeles
Kalani Gates Western Michigan University
Shweta Ghosh, PhD Palo Alto University
Sotonye  Hart Wheaton College
Natalie Hong Florida International University
Renee Jones Texas A & M University
Haleh Kanani University of Denver
Gabriela Lelakowska Texas Tech University
Sabrina Liu, PhD University of California Irvine Conte Center and Chapman University
James Lodovic University of Denver
Andrea Ng University of Hawai’i, at Manoa
Harlee Onovbiona University of Arkansas
Amanda Parks Virginia Commonwealth University
Meera Patel University of Memphis
Zabin Patel University of Miami
Neha Penmetsa William James College
Maddy Pontius University of Denver
Amrita Ramakrishnan New York University
Ashley Ramclam University of Houston
Rebecca Revilla The University of Alabama
Rachel Roberts Gallaudet University
Raquel Rose New York university
Ericka Rutledge, PhD Northern Illinois University
Laura Saldana DePaul University
Kimberly Smoots University of Houston
Keaton Somerville Kent State University
Aksheya Sridhar Michigan State University
Ahyoung Tae Alliant International University
Karen Tang Dalhousie University
Hardian Thamrin Arizona State University Tempe
Kathy Trang, PhD New York University
Mariana  Vazquez University of Houston
Wynette Williams-Kirkwood Jackson State University
Tat Shing Yeung Northeastern University
Alexandra Zax University of Kansas