Committees & Initiatives

Research Committee

The Research Committee provides students extensive opportunities to gain research experience by empirically studying various psychotherapeutic processes and outcome underlying treatment. Under the guidance of Dr. Marmarosh, chair of the Committee, first-year students are in the preliminary stages of a study examining how the attachment styles of novice clinicians affect treatment outcome by measuring both ruptures and repairs as well as working alliance. The Research Committee has applied for several grants in order to fund this study and simultaneously assist in the improvement to the Center Clinic. Of note is the implementation of video equipment and electronic patient record software, which will enhance clinical supervision, the administrative operations of the Center Clinic, and data collection. The Committee is committed to collaborating with the Center Clinic and the Program’s practicum training. Already, two symptom measures proposed by the Committee have been added to the Center Clinic’s assessment protocol in order to serve both the efforts of Clinic externs and the Committee’s future research.

Student Representatives & Faculty Committee

The faculty committee meets weekly. Student are invited to attend. Student representatives on the faculty committee act as the liaison between their respective cohort and the faculty. Specific duties involve regularly attending faculty meetings, recording minutes and reporting the minutes to their respective cohorts. Student representatives report student concerns and inquires of clarification to the attention of the faculty and disseminate administrative information from the faculty to the students.

Community Enhancement Committee

The mission of the community enhancement committee is to enhance the overall program and clinical training experience as well as the general well-being of students. Tasks of the committee include procuring and improving student resources, organizing morale boosting and community building programming, as well as focusing upon the general wellness of both the individual student and the community at large. The committee aspires to facilitate communication, collaboration, and a mutual understanding between the students, the faculty, alumni, and the George Washington University Center Clinic Staff. The forefront of the committee’s mission is to instill a sense of community by connecting multiple facets of the program, and enhancing the overall social, emotional, and mental well-being of the entire community.

Executive Committee

The Executive Chair, as head of the executive committee, oversees the entire Community Enhancement Committee. This individuals primary purpose is to ensure the continuation of the committee in subsequent years by recruiting members, training the chairs, and presiding over the executive committee meetings and committee activities. This individual also communicates directly with the faculty and represents the committees interest at faculty meetings and with the Program Director. Additionally, the executive chair draws upon his or her previous and current experiences as an advanced student to address the needs of the larger community and to ensure continuance of the committee.    

The Social-Wellness Chair primary objectives are focused upon enhancing student-well being through community camaraderie, health, and service. The primary tasks includes assessing student wellness, identifying stressors, and organizing programming that aims to optimize well being. This individual schedules and oversees the organization of the community activities in order to promote self-health and inter-cohort interaction in conjunction with a sub-committee of general members. This member also directs a sub-committee or students focused on the aforementioned duties, including a monthly newsletter focused upon student self-care.

The Resource Enhancement Chair’s primary objective is to facilitate the continual development of the program environment by managing the upkeep of the physical space. This individual organizes projects to utilize the community space to its fullest extent, including maintaining the current resources available, scheduling regular inspections of program space, procuring new resources identified as fitting, and beautifying the space. This may include communication with student representatives, the Clinic Committee, Program Executive Assistant, and Clinic staff

The Communications Chair is the primary liaison between the Professional Psychology Program community at large and the Community Enhancement Committee. This person serves as a spokesperson fostering relations within and between cohorts. The primary tasks include notifying members of the community about social wellness events and community enhancement programming. In addition, this chair also oversees the creation of the community’s Newsletter, which is distributed at the end of each academic term.

The Historian Chair maintains the records and policies of committee in order to pass a legacy and historical narrative onto each class. This person is responsible for taking minutes at all meetings. This person also makes revisions to the Community Enhancement Committees Handbook as prompted by the Executive Committee.

The primary objective of the Alumni Chair is to increase and maintain alumni relations with the program. The person is responsible for working alongside the Director of Alumni Programs with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in order to correspond with alumni, utilize their knowledge and resources, and increase their involvement in the Psy.D. community’s events.

The Fundraising Chair’s primary objective is to raise money for use by the committee, and to assist in allocating these funds. This person is responsible for organizing and overseeing various fundraising events. Once funds are collected, this chair is responsible for overseeing the committee's budget, and keeping track of incoming funds as well as money spent.

Clinic Committee

The Clinic’s Executive Committee (which consists of the Director, Associate Director, Postdoctoral Fellows, Team Leaders, and one student representative from each class year) monitors the functioning of the Clinic and seeks to improve its efficiency of operation, quality of training, and integration with academic components.  

Diversity Committee

Coming soon.

Outreach Committee

The purpose of the Professional Psychology Outreach Committee is to bring awareness to the greater community of the District of Columbia about various aspects of mental health and mental health services that are available to students, faculty, and staff. This is accomplished through events organized by the Professional Psychology Outreach Committee, as well as through tandem work with related student organizations and academic departments.

Continuing Education Committee

Coming soon.

Group Therapy Committee

Coming soon.