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Helping Give Away Psychological Science

Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS, pronounced as two syllables: "H-Gaps") is a student service organization that is dedicated to helping the best information about psychological science reach the people who would benefit. Our goal is to build small groups to improve the information about psychology on Wikipedia and in the community. We aim to make the pages reach the level of the best college textbook on the topic and help clinicians, clients, and educators each find high-quality resources quickly.



The vision of the HGAPS Club is to bring together students and content experts to gather and present the best information about psychological science to the people who would benefit. We aim to link Wikipedia (and Google) with high-quality resources and information about psychological science, improving the next generation of training, and creating tools that help practitioners and researchers. Members can participate in regular meetings, Fall Fest activities, and spring events such as a 5K walk/run for charity, as well as edit Wikipedia pages on psychology and related topics, as well as opportunities to present information at regional and national conferences.

Current Executive Board and MembersEdit

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ChapterEdit

Leadership Title Executive Board Members for 2017-2018
President Lizzie Wilson
President-Elect Emma Choplin
Past-President Breana Smith and Delaney Waggener
Treasurer Logan Smith
Social Media Chair Hannah Lucero
Faculty Advisor Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D.

Current members of HGAPS 2017-2018Edit

Lizzie Wilson, Breana Smith, Delaney Waggener, Emma Choplin Logan Smith, Hannah Lucero, Rachael Kang, Kenny Le, Hannah Kim, Shelby Johnson, Shelby Anderson, Andrea Pham, Ashley Lawrence, Lauren Gebbia, Jeremiah Hartsock, Jenny Rogers, Ishan Thaker, Elissa Scherer, Anna DePollo, Rebecca Burton, Carley Cook, Emilee Kruchten, Kate Foray, Wesley Fulbright, Minna Banawan, Jieun Y (Jinny), Paulina Ruiz, Lucy McClellan, Ariana Soto, and Mian Li Ong.

HGAPS Alumni ClubEdit

Addie Jeffs, Ellie Wu, Emily Goldman, Cindy Vo, Chloe Bryen and Morgan Wittmer

HGAPS Branches & ProjectsEdit

The inaugural club was co-founded by Dr. Eric Youngstrom, Mian-Li Ong, Delaney Waggener and Breana Smith.

HGAPS is structured into the following branches. Each branch is responsible for distinct roles within the club and is championed by a long-term member who is experienced in that area.

Clinical Research
Service Teaching
/Evidence Based Assessment This branch is responsible for creating Wikipedia and Wikiversity pages dedicated to Evidence Based Assessment and disseminating said information out to the general public and to clinicians. This branch will essentially create an online catalog of information on the "Best of the Free" assessments.
/Public Interests This branch is responsible for creating Wikiversity and Wikipedia pages dedicated to public interests, for instance, TV shows and books that discuss mental illness or recent findings in the mental health community.

Current pages: Representation of Eating Disorders in To the Bone, Microbiome and Mental Health

/Outreach This branch is responsible for linking up with people in the community, like clinicians and students, as well as raising money for the organization. This includes planning and running Edit-A-Thons and 5Ks, as well as other community activities.

Workplan for 2018Edit

Goals for HGAPS for 2018Edit

  • Create new pages focusing on EBA and Public Interests;
  • Update existing pages as suggestions and new information become available;
  • Establish a broader presence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • Add chapters at other universities;
  • Find more effective ways to have the science of psychology reach and help people


All members of HGAPS are required to attend 30% of meetings per semester and be full time students (undergraduate or graduate) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. HGAPS will be using a point system similar to other clubs. The HGAPS club will abide by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations, which states the following: Membership and participation in the organization must be open to all students without regard to age, race, color, national origin, disability, religious status or historic religious affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Membership and participation in the organization must also be open without regard to gender, unless exempt under Title IX. Student organizations that select their members on the basis of commitment to a set of beliefs (e.g., religious or political beliefs) may limit membership and participation in the organization to students who, upon individual inquiry, affirm that they support the organization's goals and agree with its beliefs, so long as no student is excluded from membership or participation on the basis of his or her age, race, color, national origin, disability, religious status or historic religious affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or, unless exempt under Title IX, gender.

The HGAPS Club will have members pay dues of $12 per semester or $20 per academic year. The Treasurer will handle the finances for membership dues. Funding for any activities will come from outside sources such as fundraisers and requests to Student Congress.

Club Leadership PositionsEdit

The executive board will consist of a president elect, president, past-president, and treasurer, all of whom must be full-time, registered undergraduate or graduate students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There will be a faculty advisor, who can be a full-time faculty or staff member of UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Hospitals, or an affiliated department; an emeritus UNC-Chapel Hill faculty or staff member; or a campus minister. Social Media Chair will be another elected official, however, they will not be included on the executive board. Executive Board members remain in their respective positions until they abdicate or are impeached. Majority vote from all members of the club will elect a new member to the available position. If the President abdicates or is impeached, the President-Elect will take over. The Executive Board will run in succession where the President-Elect, a sophomore, will become the President the following academic year and the President, a junior, will become the Past-President. Elections will take place before the end of spring semester to ensure a smooth transition of leadership positions. Members of the Executive Board are eligible for impeachment if they abuse their power in any way deemed inappropriate. This includes racist, sexist or otherwise inappropriate behavior, actions, or hazing. Impeachment will result in a majority vote to determine what disciplinary action will be taken, resulting in membership termination or probation. Impeachment will also be considered if an Executive Board member does not attend at least 50% of meetings.

Position Description
President The President is responsible for overseeing all of the club’s activities. He or she will make sure the club meets and holds events (fundraisers, trips, etc.) regularly throughout the semester and will help come up with ideas for psychology related events and activities club members can participate in.
President-Elect The President-Elect will focus on recruiting new members to the club to ensure that the club continues to develop and improve over time. In addition, the President-Elect will be in charge of checking-in members at meetings and related events and work closely with the Treasurer to plan budgets. He or she will also make sure members will attend the required number of meetings. They will be responsible for any written minutes about voting and meetings (serving a role similar to Secretary in some other clubs).
Past-President The Past-President will act as an advisor to both the President and President-Elect. They will be on the executive board and participate in voting.
Treasurer The Treasurer will monitor funds. The Treasurer is a member of the Executive Board. He or she will ensure each member pays their club dues and handle all finances for merchandise and all other activities. The Treasurer will also be responsible for seeking financial aid from the University as appropriate.
Social Media Chair The Social Media Chair will be responsible for creating, updating, and editing HGAPS social media platforms including: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This is an elected position, though it is not part of the Executive Board.
Faculty Advisor The Faculty Advisor must be a full-time faculty or staff member of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Hospitals, or an affiliated department; an emeritus UNC-Chapel Hill faculty or staff member; or a campus minister. The Advisor does not have the right to vote. The Advisor will be given the position of one of the primary contacts for the University. The Advisor will serve until he or she abdicates.

Comferences and MeetingsEdit


There are seven meetings per semester with at least one Executive Board member in attendance at each. Additional meetings and activities are held as needed. Meetings are currently held Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm in Howell Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.


  • NCPA: We are partnering with the North Carolina Psychological Association to develop pages with notes and resources related to conference programming.
  • SCCAP programming at the APA National Convention
  • JCCAP Future Directions Forum
  • MICAMH- We partnered with Miami International Children and Adolescent Mental Health Conference to develop pages with notes and resources to the workshops and keynote speakers at the 3-day conference.


  • Fall 2017 UNC-CH -- this edit-a-thon worked on five "public interest" pages and included several educators and licensed clinicians, as well as students working long distance from Appalachian State University and content experts participating by video conference. The link connects to current draft versions of content.

Current and Past ProjectsEdit

HGAPS Club has accumulated and impressive body of work, including many Wikipedia and Wikiversity pages regarding Evidence Based Assessment, among other projects. The following are pages HGAPS members have created on Wikipedia:  /HGAPS Wikipedia and Wikiversity Projects. North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA)


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