Mission Statement/Statement of Purpose

PMA strives to provide opportunities for students to enhance the understanding and appreciation of psychology through a variety of social and professional activities that one would not encounter in the classroom. PMA creates environments where students can participate in volunteer work, field trips, learn about post-graduation options, as well as furthering career opportunities. We strongly encourage and assist students in networking and creating strong connections with faculty members in order to build their skills and develop the abilities needed to succeed in their respective fields.


All students who are a psychology major, minor, or simply interested in learning more about the field of psychology are invited to join PMA.

New members must pay a $5 membership fee for each semesterCASH ONLY.

Members are also required to attend at least three events per semester to continue membership (not including general body meetings).

Instructions: Membership forms can be picked up either during scheduled office hours or on the table outside of our office in Weiss Hall room 405. They may be dropped off in our mailbox in the 6th floor mail room of Weiss Hall or to one of our executive board members during office hours. With any questions or concerns, emails are to be sent to: pma.temple@gmail.com

PMA Officers

Ross Divers, President
Ross is a junior psychology major, with a Cognitive Neuroscience minor.  He currently serves as the President of the Psychology Major’s Association and the local chapter of Psi Chi Honor Society.  Ross is also a research assistant in the Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality, and Psychopathology lab, working with Dr. Olino, as well as the Cognitive Neuropsychology lab with Dr. Giovannetti, where he was named a Diamond Research Scholar.  He plans on pursuing a career in neuropsychology.  In his spare time,  he likes to cook, read, and explore Philadelphia.

Annabelle Recierdo, Vice President
Annabelle is a senior Psychology major with a Sociology minor. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Psychology Majors Association, and the local chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. Annabelle is also a research assistant in the Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality, and Psychopathology Lab and The Equity and Outcomes Lab. She plans to pursue a career in School Psychology. In Annabelle’s spare time, she enjoys riding her bike around the city, going to concerts, and collecting antiques.

Sidney Kurtz, Secretary

Nikita Patel, Treasurer
Nikita Patel is currently the PMA treasurer. She keeps track of all monetary funds for the organization, such as membership dues. Nikita is a Kinesiology major, double minoring in Spanish and Psychology. She also interns for the Research in Spatial Cognition Lab (RISC). In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and baking. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and specialize in pediatric rehabilitation.

Sarah Beshara, Events/Promotions Coordinator
Sarah is a junior Psychology major, with an interest in adolescents and addiction. Her career goal is to incorporate her interest into counseling by becoming a Counseling Psychologist. She currently serves as PMA’s Events and Promotions Coordinator. Outside of PMA, she is involved in the marketing committee of Main Campus Program Board (MCPB). Sarah uses her spare time to listen to music, run away to the beach, and sight-see.

Lee Thompson, Temple Student Government (TSG) Representative
Lee Thompson is a senior Psychology major, who is currently PMA’s Temple Student Government (TSG) representative. As the TSG representative, he attends the TSG meetings to ensure communication between both organizations. Lee also volunteers in the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Tania Giovannetti.  In this lab, he assists with research studies, focusing on healthy aging and dementia. After graduation, Lee plans to attend graduate school to become a licensed counselor. In his spare time, he enjoys attending concerts to relax.

Krista Olson, Social Media Director
Krista is currently a sophomore psychology major. As the Social Media Director for PMA, she handles all of the social media platforms and makes sure to spread the word about the events we have on campus. She is currently a research assistant in the Equity and Outcomes Lab in the College of Education and is primarily interested in risk and reward behaviors in children, behavioral economics, and neuromarketing. After Temple she hopes to obtain a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or applied economics.

Sydney Daye, Recruiter
Sydney Daye is a senior Psychology major with a concentration in clinical therapy. She is currently the Recruiter for Temple’s Psychology Majors Association (PMA). Sydney is also an intern at the Institute of Development of African American Youth, where she counsels and manages case files of African American girls who are on probation. Last year while working with the City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department, she had the opportunity to create a girl empowerment group called Queen in Training. Upon graduation, Sydney hopes to continue her education by attending graduate school, as well as starting a non-profit organization.

JoJo Nielsen, Graduate Student Liaison