WPA President
Jon Grapengieser, PsyD

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As we move into 2021 the Wisconsin Psychological Association (WPA) continues to grow and diversify in a multitude of ways while maintaining the core values and mission of the association. As I move out of the President-Elect role and into the Presidency for 2021, I feel not only privileged to serve in this capacity but also excited for what hopes to be a year of continued growth and opportunity for WPA.

After navigating a very challenging 2020 WPA is looking forward to new initiatives and returning focus to the Strategic Plan which was put in place in 2018. The current strategic plan centered around four core areas or goals including membership growth and engagement, advocacy and outreach, developing educational resources, and improving organizational operations. During the previous three years a very solid groundwork was put in place for continued progress in all areas and the 2021 Board of Directors will continue to dedicate its time and effort to these initiatives.

The continued progress of WPA can only occur through the continuing support of the 2021 Board, various WPA Committees and Stakeholders, strong management from Wisconsin Association Management (WAM), and our wonderful membership. I would like to thank everyone for their involvement and support of WPA at all levels and look forward to a dynamic and productive year for the association.

Congratulations to the 2021 Margaret Bernauer Scholarship Award winners! We are always impressed by the variety and quality of the research being done by tomorrow's psychologists.

Undergraduate Awards (award winner/presenter is underlined):

1.  Jesse Mann, Jessica Krukowski, Alexi Colburn, & Ed de St. Aubin : Marquette UniversityA Mixed Methods Investigation of Trauma, Stress, and Wellness in Black Women 

2.  Anna Buckstaff, John Grych, & Kristen Yule: Marquette UniversityThe Role of Reflective Functioning in Understanding Parents' Emotion Socialization

3.  Luke Johnson & Michelle Schoenleber: St. Norbert CollegeEffects of COVID-19 Anxiety and Anxiety Sensitivity on Working Memory Capacity

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2020 Asher Pacht, PhD and Richard Hurlbut, PhD Graduate Scholarship Awards

The Wisconsin Psychology Foundation would like to thank all of the applicants, professors, and donors that make these graduate awards possible and to recognize the 2020 winners of the Asher Pacht, PhD and Richard Hurblut, PhD Graduate Scholarship Awards. These awards are offered to qualified graduate students in the field of psychology who are currently members of WPA and have completed at least one year of full time study. The recipients of these awards are typically honored during the WPA Annual Convention.

This year we congratulate the 2020 winners: Amy Lang of the UW-M Psychology Dept/Clinical Psychology

 and Carli Gurholt of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. Best wishes to both and thanks to all graduate students for their submissions. Psychology is in good hands.

Wisconsin Psychological Association 

Statement on Racism, Violence, and Discrimination


The mission statement of the Wisconsin Psychological Association (WPA) states that we “address concerns of our communities by responding as a profession to psychological and social needs of Wisconsin citizens.” The recent murder of George Floyd, among others, exposes what American Psychological Association (APA) President, Dr. Sandra Shullman, has called a “racism pandemic” in this country. This pandemic is marked by structural inequities that have systematically oppressed Black Americans.

As human beings, we share anguish, fear, and anger as we reflect on the deep pain and injustice created and maintained by racist policies and practices. As psychologists, our science affirms that racism threatens the physical well-being, psychological well-being, and the lives of people of color. We are called to reflect. We are called to act.

WPA encourages all members to reflect on the role of privilege in society, including how one’s cultural views--of self and others--influence our work as psychologists. We encourage members to join our colleagues at APA and other organizations to take a stand in incontrovertibly condemning acts of violence against people of color. We urge each of our members to take action in advocacy and supportive efforts aimed at eradicating all forms of racism, violence, and discrimination. For the majority of our members who identify as White, continuing to challenge our awareness of other cultures and potential biases is paramount to becoming effective allies.

WPA stands firmly against all forms of racism, discrimination, and hate. WPA is committed to challenging systemic injustice and will take a stand in the face of oppression and inequity. We add our voice to those proclaiming that black lives matter, those seeking to facilitate change, and those promoting education and healing. To support these aims, WPA commits to:

  • Make clear and sustained efforts to increase association membership and leadership from historically marginalized groups;
  • Make clear and sustained efforts to learn from Black community leaders; and
  • Offer continuing education opportunities in the areas of equity and social justice.


We support the efforts of all who are working to eliminate structural racism and promote social justice.

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