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Florida Psychological Association Graduate Students (FPAGS) is the student arm of FPA and it has a voting seat on the FPA Board of Directors. Membership in FPAGS is offered to doctoral level students in good standing of APA-accredited programs whose students are eligible to sit for the Florida licensure exam. FPA is committed to supporting our student members through volunteer opportunities, mentoring, and leadership development.


FPAGS would like to Congratulate and Welcome Marilyn Paradoa as the new FPAGS Chair. She will begin her term  August 1,2017 and we look forward to the great initiatives she comes forth with in the continuation of making FPAGS all that it can and will be! -- Princess Drake M.S.M.A., current FPAGS Chair


  Marilyn Paradoa


Marilyn Paradoa is a doctoral student entering her fifth year in the Clinical Psychology program at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. In July, she will be starting her doctoral internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital with the University of Miami School of Medicine, within the Child Clinical Track with an added specialty of working with the Hispanic/Latino population. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Florida in 2009. While at the University of Florida, Marilyn worked with the research team within the Child Psychiatry division at Shands Hospital, where she worked with child and adolescent clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, and other anxiety-related disorders.  Marilyn obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2015. She has worked with a wide range of populations and within different settings, including private practice, community mental health, hospitals, interdisciplinary centers for assessment and evaluation, and the public-school system. Fostered by her previous work in various clinical settings and her research background, Marilyn’s current clinical interests include severe and chronic child and adolescent psychopathology, autism spectrum disorder, as well as different anxiety disorders and conduct disorders seen in children and adolescents.

Marilyn has a strong passion for leadership and advocacy related to the field of psychology. She currently serves as the Florida School of Professional Psychology Student Psychological Association (SPA) President and will transition to Past President for this upcoming academic year. In an attempt to further her involvement in working with underrepresented populations and to strengthen her leadership skills, Marilyn became actively involved within psychological associations at both the state and national levels. She currently serves as the student representative for the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) Child, Adolescent and Family division. Marilyn also serves as the Florida State Advocacy Coordinator for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT). Within these roles, she has been able to continue her work on promoting the need for advocacy within the field of psychology, while also mentoring other APAGS ACT campus representatives throughout the state.  Prior to holding these current roles, Marilyn served as the APAGS ACT campus representative and campus representative-elect, as well as the Florida Psychological Association of Graduate Students (FPAGS) campus representative for FSPP. In 2016 and 2017, Marilyn was selected by the APAGS ACT team to attend the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, to represent the student voice for graduate students in Florida. During these conferences, she was able to attend APAGS ACT executive meetings at the APA Headquarters, assisting the organization with making executive decisions as to the organization. In addition, she was able to collaborate with the Florida Psychological Association’s executive board members with going to capitol hill to advocate for various bills and legislation that would assist with mending the mental health care system.


Chair: Marilyn Paradoa


Immediate Past Chair: Princess Drake

LAPPB Delegate:  A. Paige Blankenship

FPAGS Advisor:  Joshua Gross, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA


Click here to access the FPAGS Policy and Procedures

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