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Student Organizations

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences supports a campus-wide Graduate Student Organization (GSO). Clinical Psychology students have two elected representatives in that body and are encouraged to participate in its activities. GSO participation offers many benefits, one of which is annual travel scholarships. Students interested in participating in the GSO should contact the Psychology Chief Resident for more information.

Faculty-Student Organization of Clinical Psychology (Focus)

The Faculty-Student Organization of Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern (FOCUS) is a student-led organization for the purpose of promoting student and faculty collaboration and camaraderie in the Division of Psychology. Student leaders organize community service and social events in an effort to support relationships among class levels and to provide additional opportunities for student-faculty interaction.

Leaders of this organization are nominated by the students and a designated faculty member (currently Laura Lacritz, Ph.D.) serves as the group’s sponsor.

Recent service projects include:

  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Salvation Army
  • Chai Houses
  • Legacy at Preston Hollow Senior Community

Diversity Club

The Diversity Club is a student-run organization and believes that diversity encompasses all of the features that make individual clients unique, which include, but are not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and country of origin/regional location. We meet monthly to discuss diversity as it relates to the practice of clinical psychology.

Discussions are based on relevant literature, clinical experience, and guest speakers from various organizations in the community. In addition, the Diversity Club aims to provide volunteer opportunities for under-served and under-represented populations in the community and to compile resources for client referrals.

Student Research Committee (SRC)

The Student Research Committee (SRC) is a student-run organization that aims to enrich students’ research experiences by providing resources to facilitate student research such as offering didactic opportunities and broadening research collaborations through a multidisciplinary team-based scientific approach.

The SRC hosts presenters from the Clinical Sciences Department and connects students with resources available at our UT Southwestern Health Sciences Library. The Research Buddy Program, an initiative to encourage research collaborations between students, was founded by the SRC in 2017. Members of the SRC are involved in research across UT Southwestern Medical Center Departments including Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Children’s Medical Center.

The SRC welcomes all individuals including those who are learning about research to those who intend to pursue a full-time research career. The SRC also provides educational experiences by presenting at the SRC journal club and leadership opportunities to become more involved with planning and coordinating SRC events.

Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST)

The Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) is a trainee organization that is part of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, Division 40 American Psychological Association, for students interested in the field of neuropsychology.

This organization promotes three values:

  • Knowledge
  • Community
  • Leadership

The ANST chapter at UT Southwestern focuses on knowledge through regularly scheduled neuropsychology-related lectures and fact-finding seminars, community through outreach opportunities and social events, and leadership through opportunities to serve as ANST officers. We emphasize both adult and pediatric neuropsychology and welcome all students and faculty to our events.