The Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) Club System is an initiative started by Dr. Eric Youngstrom, president-elect of the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, and Mian-Li Ong, M.A., current student representative of the Society. Our goal is to work in small teams to improve the information about psychology on Wikipedia and in the community. We aim to produce resources at the level of a college textbook on the topic and help clinicians, clients, and educators each find high quality resources quickly. This project has been funded by grants from the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), and American Psychological Association (APA).
Members can participate in regular meetings, Fall Fest activities, and spring events such as a 5K walk/run for charity, as well as edit Wikipedia pages on psychology and related topics. There are also opportunities to present information at regional and national conferences.
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For 2017-2018, the goals of HGAPS are to:
- Create new pages focusing on evidence-based assessment and public interests, such as the microbiome and 13 Reasons Why
- Maintain existing pages
- Establish a broader presence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Add chapters at other universities
- Find more effective mediums through which to deliver scholarly psychology to people.
Executive Board Members for 2017-2018
- President: Lizzie Wilson
- President-Elect: Cindy Vo
- Past-President: Breana Smith and Delaney Waggener
- Treasurer: Logan Smith
- Social Media Chair: Hannah Lucero
- Faculty Advisor: Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D.
The inaugural club was founded by Dr. Eric Youngstrom, president-elect (and past president) of the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.
HGAPS is structured into the following branches. Each branch is responsible for distinct roles within the club, and is championed by a long-term member who is experienced in that area.
Evidence Based Assessment
This branch is responsible for creating Wikipedia and Wikiversity pages dedicated to evidence based assessment and disseminating said information out to the general public and to clinicians. This branch will essentially create an online catalogue of information on the “Best of the Free” assessments.
This branch is responsible for creating Wikiversity and Wikipedia pages dedicated to public interests, for instance, TV shows and books that discuss mental illness or recent findings in the mental health community.
This branch is responsible for linking up with people in the community, like clinicians and students, as well as raising money for the organization. This includes planning and running Edit-A-Thons and 5Ks, as well as other community activities.