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FPAGS (Student Members)
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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.


Rita Michelle Rivera - FPAGS Chair
Rita is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. She is Chair of the Florida Psychological Association Graduate Students (FPAGS), President of the Student Council at Albizu University, Student Ambassador for APA Division 15, Student Representative for APA Division 49, Chair of the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture and Co-chair of the Gender, Sexuality, & Aging APA Division 20 SIGs. Rita also serves as Chair of several subcommittees of the APA Interdivisional Covid-19 Taskforce. Her work has been previously published in multiple international journals. She is currently working on projects examining the relationship between hormone fluctuations and human behavior, specifically in patients with depressive disorders.
 
Jared Warren - FPAGS Past Chair
My name is Jared Warren and I am a fourth year PsyD student of clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. My main clinical interests are working with adults who manifest depressive and anxiety-related disorders. I also enjoy psychoeducational assessment and report writing as well as teaching within the field of psychology. I have a passion for advocacy, as I actively advocate for the rights of mental health populations through a variety of organizations, at both the county and state level. In my personal time, I enjoy listening to a variety of genres of music such as rap and country. I also enjoy playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
Julie L. Williams - FPAGS Secretary
Julie Williams is a current student at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in Florida where she co-founded Thrive Counseling & Consultation, LLC with her husband, Demetrius Williams. She has experience with individual and relationship therapy for all ages in school and college, forensic and correctional, community mental health, and private practice settings. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of perpetrators of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.

Bharat Bharat - FPAGS Diversity Advocate

Bharat is currently the Diversity Co-Chair at FPAGS. He received his MA in Psychology from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Always looking to push the envelope, his research interests include brain-computer interfaces, mindfulness meditation, depression, social justice, resilience, and LGBTQ+ issues. He is an ardent advocate for an inclusive future of psychology and looks forward to serve this 20-21 term.

Brittany Hylander - FPAGS Diversity Advocate
Brittany Hylander is a second-year Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student at Nova Southeastern University. Her interests are in working with diverse, vulnerable populations such as older adults and ethnic minorities. She plans to help older adults and their families with the transition and difficulties that can come with aging as well as helping organizations diversify and create a more inclusive environment for employees and those they serve. As one of FPAGS' new Diversity Advocates, she will work alongside fellow board members to better the experience of Florida's psychology graduate students, especially when it comes to concerns of representation, diversity, and inclusivity. 

Shelby Mathias - FPAGS LAPPB
My name is Shelby Mathias and I am a third year PsyD student of Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. My main clinical interests are working with teenagers and adults who manifest various mood and trauma-related disorders with a particular passion for working with individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community. Prior to moving to Florida for my doctorate, I worked in residential treatment for at-risk youth who were placed in the child welfare system and who were victims of human trafficking in Indiana. In my personal time, I enjoy music and concerts, going to the beach, eating new food, and spending time with my dogs.

Click here to access the FPAGS Policy and Procedures.