Graduate Association of School Psychologists
GASP is the Graduate Association of School Psychology, and its purpose is to facilitate professional development and fellowship for graduate students in school psychology. GASP strives to pursue community outreach programs specifically related to school psychology and to encourage academic excellence. Baylor currently has GASP programs on both the Dallas and Waco campus, and together they collaborate and work to achieve these goals. GASP holds meetings once a month and participates in at least one community service and one professional development event once a semester. Both EdS and PhD students participate!
Opportunities to join GASP typically occur at the beginning of the academic year. During this opportunity, students can gain information on the purpose, initiatives, and resources associated with GASP membership as well as ask any additional questions.
Student members of GASP participate in a myriad of activities from professional development to community service and social events.
For example, Dallas GASP students invited Dr. Charles Barrett — school psychologist, book author, and a nationally recognized expert in the field for his efforts in social justice and advocacy — to deliver a lecture and interact with Baylor students. In Waco, students have volunteered annually in the Treats-to-Trunk event, which provides a drive-through sensory-friendly trick-or-treat experience for children and their families in the special needs community.
GASP students also attend annual conferences for the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), where some graduate students also give research presentations. Through conferences, students build community with their respective cohorts as well as meet Baylor alumni and school psychologists from across the country.
Both campuses host social get-togethers to build comradery. All these opportunities help to enhance the graduate school experience of our school psychology students, and GASP students often feel more connected to their cohorts, campus, and the school psychology community.
President: Hailey Short
Vice President: Emily Branson
Social Chair: Mackenzie Stewart
Service Chair: Kristy Stoll
Secretary: Mackenzie Stewart
Treasurer: Kristy Stoll
Academic Chair: Virginia Reynolds
GSA Representative: Janie Contreras
SASP Representative (APA Division 16 Student Affiliate): Carol Raymond
NASP Representative: Emily Branson
President: Tess Constable
Vice President: Shelby Butler
Secretary: Megan Donelan
Treasurer: Brooklyn Hatch
Service Chair: Emma Stewart
Academic Chair: Isabella Oliver
Social Chair: Janna Meints
NASP Rep: Julia Kuntz