SVPA President's Message



Ryan A. Cheperka, PhD
February 2018



Welcome to the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association.


I am excited to serve SVPA in the role of President for the 2018 - 2019 years. When I joined the board, I was the Diversity Chair, an area of passion and a focus for the growth of SVPA. In 2017 I became the Events and Social Media Chairs (along with President-Elect), through which I supported an active board in creating a full year of successful events. That is my continued goal for 2018 and beyond: to grow and to provide many exciting opportunities for members and members-to-be.


As an organization we will continue to provide for psychologists and other local mental health professionals in the following ways:


Providing opportunities for continuing education units 

 - Up to 30 units possible over the year (including the Fall Conference)

 - A range of topics including diversity, behavioral medicine and neuropsychology, and topics that are necessary for licensure


Providing opportunities to network

- Our mixers and holiday party are a lot of fun!


Encouraging research and scholarly work

- We have a Student Research Conference in the Spring and Fall Conference that allows for local research and expertise to be showcased

- Our newsletter provides an opportunity for articles related to the field of psychology


Activating student growth in psychology

- We work with local high schools by providing opportunities to learn about psychology

- We provide mentoring events for graduate students to connect with professionals

- The Student Research Conference provides an opportunity for students ranging from high school to graduate school to be stimulated by psychology


Involvement in the community and advocacy

- We participate in community walks and events like NAMI Walk, Pride Parade, OCD Walk, and NEDA Walk

- We continue to stay involved in events related to advocacy, such as Lobby Day and attending mixers with legislators that support psychology, as well as provide SVPA members chances to learn through the Capitol Leaders Group


Our membership rate is a very good deal for all that one gets out of it. I hope you consider joining and look forward to seeing you at an event!


Warm Regards,

Dr. Ryan Cheperka

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