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Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS, pronounced as two syllables: "H-Gaps") is a nonprofit (501c3) service organization with affiliated chapters at multiple universities. HGAPS 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. View the HGAPS Website

Members of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of HGAPS on the steps of Wilson Library
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The vision of HGAPS 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 zoom calls, as well as edit Wikipedia pages on psychology and related topics, as well as opportunities to present information at regional and national conferences.


The following is a list of projects. If you are comfortable with editing Wikipedia or Wikiversity feel free to contribute to these pages.

  • For a list of the pages we have built on Wikiversity attached to HGAPS click here.
  • For a list of all of the Evidence-Based Assessment pages click here.

HGAPS ProjectsEdit

Projects Details
Anti-Racism Assessments and Resources
Telepsychology Suggestion box here
Telepsychology Guide for Patients Suggestion box here
Coping with COVID-19 Resources Suggestion box here
Working with Bipolar Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Both Crisis and Opportunity[1]

Find out more about this WikiJournal Preprint here
Coping with Coronavirus and other Epidemics Wikiversity page offering information about mental and physical health for children, parents, students, etc.
COVID-19 Financial Resources Find out more information here
Coping with Social Isolation
Coping with Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Hope4Healers Official site here
Team Infographics Find out more information here
Team Wiki Content Editors Find out more information here
Team 13 Reasons Why Find out more information here
Assessment Center Use these tools!

Current Executive Board and MembersEdit

The inaugural members of the Appalachian State University chapter of HGAPS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapter


Leadership Title Executive Board Members for 2018-2019
Past-President Lizzie Wilson, Emma Grace Choplin
President Ishan Thaker
Treasurer Hannah Kim
Social Media Chair Viraj Garg
Faculty Advisor Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D.

Members of UNC HGAPS 2018-2019Edit

Lizzie Wilson, Emma Choplin, Hannah Kim, Andrea Pham, Ashley Lawrence, 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.

Members of UNC 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 Club

Members 2018-2019Edit

Addie Jeffs, Ellie Wu, Emily Goldman, Cindy Vo, Chloe Bryen, Breana Smith, Delaney Waggener, Hannah Lucero, Rachael Kang, Kenny Le, Shelby Johnson, Shelby Anderson, Lauren Gebbia, Jeremiah Hartsock, Ariana Soto, Mian Li Ong, and Morgan Wittmer

Members 2019-2020Edit

Emma Grace Choplin, Logan Smith, Chloe Bryen, Sydney Howie James, Natalie Charamut, Kenny Le, Ellen Anderson, and Mian-Li Ong

HGAPS PillarsEdit

HGAPS is structured into the following pillars. Each pillar represents a distinct facet of the HGAPS vision and all of our projects fall under one or more of the pillars.

Clinical Research
Service Teaching

Work-plan and GoalsEdit

Goals for HGAPS in 2020Edit

  • Section will be updated soon!
Click here for workplans from previous years

Goals for HGAPS in 2017-2018 yearEdit

  • 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


HGAPS Members at the UNC Chapel Hill Chapter, Spring 2017

At the UNC Chapter, for example, 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.
Secretary The Secretary will be responsible for checking in members and taking attendance at every meeting. They will take minutes during executive meetings and check the HGAPS gmail account, replying to inquiries or forwarding relevant messages to the appropriate individuals for a response.
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.

Standard Operating ProceduresEdit

HGAPS has been working on streamlining our process and creating instructables to help educate our members and others. Resources on HGAPS, Wiki editing, and many other tools we use. (will be available soon)

Conferences and MeetingsEdit

Group picture from Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference 2020 after the "Testing, tuning, and translating the best of the free tools for assessment, treatment, and education about mental health" workshop.


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.

Click here for HGAPS Conferences


  • Spring 2020 - Zoom -- we are doing weekly Zoom-a-thons Thursday nights 6-8 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Spring 2018 UNC-CH -- we did two editing sessions focused on gathering psychological first aid, information about coping and support strategies, and assessments in response to school violence. Content experts joined by video-conference and reviewed pages and made suggestions.
  • 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)

Tools we useEdit

Canva -- a software package with free images, free student licensing, and templates that we have used to make a lot of our infographics.

Google Suite


Open Science Framework (OSF). You can find our project OSF here.

R Markdown


Wiki Tools we have found helpful:Edit

Use the Wikipedia URL Shortener to take long URLs (like this) and make them short (like this).

For page view counts, this tool is helpful.



Universal Wikipedia and Wikiversity Editor

Hurricane and flooding preparation and tips

External LinksEdit

/External Links

E-mail and Social MediaEdit

Helping Give Away Psychological Science

  E-mail us if you have any questions, want to get involved, or for more resources!


This user tweets on Twitter as HGAPS.

Upcoming EventsEdit

Upcoming Events
Event Date Location
Edit-a-thon 3/19/2020 UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,


South Carolina Association of School

Psychologists Spring Conference



Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Edit-a-thon 4/2/2020 UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,


North Carolina Psychological

Association Annual Meeting

4/25/2020 Durham, NC, USA
Future Directions Forum 6/12/2020-


Washington, D.C., USA
American Psychological Association

Annual Convention



Washington, D.C., USA
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive

Therapies Annual Convention



Philadelphia, PA, USA

Current UsersEdit


  1. Youngstrom, Eric Arden; Hinshaw, Stephen P.; Stefana, Alberto; Chen, Jun; Michael, Kurt; Van Meter, Anna; Maxwell, Victoria; Michalak, Erin E. et al. (2020-04-20). Working with Bipolar Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Both Crisis and Opportunity. doi:10.31234/