Student Leadership and Organizations

The Dean of Students’ Office works with Student Leadership and student organizations on activities and offerings that enrich the College community. Below you'll find a list of this year’s registered student groups, along with resources to assist groups in having a successful year. Don't see what you're looking for? There's also information below about how to start a new organization.


Student Leadership

Meet your Leading Excellence Across Departments (LEAD) Team! The five student leaders meet monthly with the Dean of Students Office team and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to discuss nonacademic related issues, academic issues that are relevant to all students, and anything else pertinent to student life. The student leaders are here as a resource to you, and to hear any of your feedback. Please feel free to contact them.

Nicole Poulter

Nicole is a 3rd year student in the Clinical Psychology program. She moved from Connecticut to Boston in 2009 to attend Berklee College of Music to pursue both voice performance and Music Therapy. Through Music Therapy, Nicole has worked in multiple settings such as Dana Farber's Pediatric Oncology Unit, and Sherrill House assisted living facility. Since graduating from Berklee, Nicole has worked as a professional musician, teacher, and music therapist before pursuing her doctorate in psychology. She hopes to specialize in eating disorders, and body image issues with children, adolescents, and young adults. Nicole was previously the Vice-LEAD of the Clinical Department. She joined ACES to be a voice for other students and help advocate for school wide changes to better the student experience.

Email: nicole_poulter@williamjames.edu

Sandra Bazalar

Sandra is a second-year full time student on the General Track with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health. She is currently an intern at an Advocates Community Counseling in Marlborough where she does outpatient counseling with individuals of all age groups with an array of mental health needs. Sandra is originally from Summit, NJ and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology. As an LDR Fellow, Sandra is driven to work with underserved and underrepresented groups, specifically the Latinx community as Sandra identifies as a Latina. Sandra also hopes to earn her PsyD in the future so she can continue to expand the access to bilingual services to people in need.

Email: sandra_bazalar@williamjames.edu

Paul Coppola

My name is Paul Coppola and I am a third year organization and leadership psychology (OLP) doctoral student with a concentration in neuroscience. In addition to LEAD, I am a William James student ambassador and have sat on the OLP Committee for Dismantling Systemic Racism. I obtained my MBA and bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Hartford. I am currently privileged to serve as the Senior Director for Learning, Development and Performance for Aetna, a CVSHealth Company. While I am extremely committed to organizational and leadership psychology, I am especially passionate about behavior, group dynamics, coaching, personal brand, burnout, teaching and research. When not focused on school and work, I value time with my family and volunteering in our local community.

Email: paul_coppola@williamjames.edu

Felicia Agbanyo

Felicia is a second-year student at William James College. She works full-time with the Department of Developmental Services, where she manages a program for people who have developmental disabilities. She has a passion for meeting new people and learning their unique stories.

Email: felicia_agbanyo@williamjames.edu

Olivia Tyson

My name is Olivia Tyson and I am in my second year of the MA/CAGS Program in School Psychology. Prior to starting at William James College, I worked as an educational coach for an inclusive college program through LABBB Collaborative. Last year, I completed my first-year internship at a K-8 school in Boston Public Schools. I was drawn to William James because of its supportive community and dedication to hands-on learning in the field. In addition to representing the School Psychology department as a member of the LEAD team, I will be a Student Leader for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). I look forward to connecting with both current and prospective students at WJC!

Email: olivia_tyson@williamjames.edu

Student Organizations

William James College offers a number of student-led organizations. Organizations are open to all students. See group mission statements and student leader contact information below.

Michaela_Spaulding@williamjames.edu
Xinru_Wang@williamjames.edu

The mission of the ASG is to educate, advocate, promote, and cultivate learning about the Asian community. ASG aims to provide critical support, mentorship and community for its members, while holding a commitment to decreasing racial/ethnic disparities by diversifying the mental health workforce and providing support to historically marginalized and underserved groups. Our group aims to create a warm and supportive environment to connect Asian students, Asian American students and anyone interested in learning about Asian cultures at WJC. It is also an open space to share interests in working with the Asian population. In doing so, we are hopeful that the WJC community can become better allies, improve competency and compassion when working with the Asian community, and celebrate the culture through activities of cultural enrichment and intercultural dialogue.

Khristy_Thompson@williamjames.edu 
Cecilia_Brennan@williamjames.edu

Our group mission/purpose is to provide mentorship and support for students re-entering the academic setting and to facilitate the transition to a new career in counseling. This is an open space to help navigate through any concerns or questions students may have regarding student life and academic success at William James College. Our goal is for all students to have a positive career transition while fostering new connections and friendships within the WJC community.

McEllen_Lawrence@williamjames.edu
Holly_Malette@williamjmes.edu

Our mission: to bring generations together. The members of the GVC help coordinate outreach programming with older adults in the local community. We seek to educate, learn, and create lasting connections with the individuals we meet. In the past, we have run a variety of events including panels, discussions, and social media educational seminars. We also participate in the annual greater Boston's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Ashley_Phillips@williamjames.edu
Iveta_Stantcheva@williamjames.edu

Our mission is to advocate for students experiencing mental health and/or neurodiversity concerns through informed initiatives that create change at the individual and systemic levels. We also aim to empower students and reduce stigma, leading to a future of clinicians knowing how to navigate unique challenges and feeling valued in the field of psychology.

"Rather than using my illness as a reason to curtail my clinical and teaching responsibilities, he...encouraged me to use it to try and develop better treatments and to help change public attitudes" —Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Note: We do not provide support services, if in need, please reach out to the Dean of Students office for resources.

Jose_DeRamon@williamjames.edu

The WJC Military Community (MC) is comprised of Veterans, Military-affiliated students, non Military-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to provide support, information and resources to students throughout the pursuit of graduate-level academic and clinical training. A healthy Military Community is an essential component of providing peer support and cultural competency to the larger social fabric of William James College. This will be accomplished by providing education pertaining to Military/Veteran related issues to the greater WJC community, as well as community service, and advocacy. Veterans, Service Members, and Military families (specifically spouses and children, as well as extended family members) have equal emphasis within the Military Community. Additionally, support does not end with the classroom - the WJC Military Community seeks to provide support for fellow students who face the realities of service in the modern era: deployment, transition to and from Military service, and reintegration.

Brittany_Iyer@williamjames.edu
Ellen_McCauley@williamjames.edu

This group is for any student interested in the use of mindfulness in clinical practice or engaging in practice sessions with others in the WJC community. A member can choose to engage in either aspect of the group or both. The group provides a safe space for students to practice meditation, or, if they choose, practice leading meditation and other mindfulness practices. Beyond scheduled meditations, group meetings may include discussion groups, leading events for the WJC community and beyond, hosting outside presenters, and more, based on interests of the group.

Ashley_Phillips@williamjames.edu
Nicole_Poulter@williamjames.edu

Music and Psychology is a group that works to combine two passions: music and psychology. Whether you are a musician, lover of music, or curious about music therapy, this group aims to support further learning and creativity within WJC. Music and Psychology is looking to create music, learn music therapy skills to implement into practice, and share our gifts with others inside and outside the WJC community. No music experience is necessary! Love music and psychology, but don't know about Music Therapy? Check out this video.

Wyle-Grace Goddard wylegrace_goddard@williamjames.edu
Nichole Ingram nichole_ingram@williamjames.edu

The mission of the Positive Psychology club is to introduce the student body to the science of happiness by providing the concepts, practices, and tools that contribute to a flourishing life. Each meeting will introduce students to positive psychology intervention skills. We will explore how these skills can be applied in our own life to increase overall well-being and integrated into the work we do with professional clients.

Daniel_Moore@williamjames.edu
Lesli_Dubose@williamjames.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WJCRainbowAlliance
Scholarships and Resources for LGBTQIA+ Students: www.publicservicedegrees.org/financial-aid/lgbtqia-students-scholarships-resources

Article on Pronoun Diversity written by Kevin Narine (he/him/his), BA, William James College, and Melina Wald, PhD (she/they), Columbia University Medical Center/Gender Identity Program.

Article on LGBTQ+ BIPOC Mental Health written by Kevin Narine (he/him/his), BA, William James College, and Matthew Eisner (he/him/his), MSEd, William James College

The Rainbow Alliance at William James College is a group of students who want to provide support for one another, engage in LGBTQIA+ advocacy/awareness, and plan events (for either purpose).

Kelsey_Carroll@williamjames.edu
Cheyenne_Grice@williamjames.edu

Do you have an interest in Sports, Psychology, or Sports Psychology? In this student group, we hope to touch on all three areas:

  • create WJC team rosters for club sports
  • discuss clinical topics (i.e. performance enhancement techniques, recovering from injuries, visualization, and how to work with athletes in a clinical setting)
  • review educational material on sports psychology and staying connected with the activities of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology

Krystal_Gottilla@williamjames.edu
Kevin_Narine@williamjames.edu

The Trauma Awareness Group (TAG) at William James College aims to raise awareness on the prevalence of trauma and provide students with education regarding trauma informed care. Many individuals experience trauma, which can be a risk factor for a variety of symptoms and diagnoses. It is imperative to be informed on trauma reactions and treatment when working in the field of psychology. Overall, TAG will explore different forms of trauma and related clinical presentations, and introduce therapeutic interventions for use when working with this population.

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