Student Resources • Development Committee

Meet the student members who build community and advocate students’ perspective among practitioners and scholars of psychotherapy


Welcome to the Student Portal!

My name is Lei Y. Sun, and I am a 3 rd year graduate student pursuing my Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Miami. I am thrilled and privileged to serve the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and its student members as the Chair of the Student Development Committee for the 2021-2022 term!

As a biracial individual with diverse lived experiences, I am fascinated by the processes through which one develops self and cultural identity in attachment relationships. This interest facilitated my passion for psychotherapy research. Specifically, I am interested in exploring how attachment and aspects of identity play into therapeutic relationships. I initially joined the Society to advance my knowledge of the field of psychotherapy process research and foster my connections in the broader professional community. Further, I was involved in the Student Mentorship Program to enhance peer collaboration and development of professional skills. As the student chair, I plan to work to facilitate support for student involvement, connection, and growth at divisional and APA levels. I am particularly passionate about encouraging student engagement in promoting diversity, inclusivity, and social justice in our profession. In addition, I would like to foster conversation among students regarding advocacy for relationship-based psychotherapy. Together with my brilliant peers on the Student Development Committee, I hope to facilitate a diverse and enriching growth experience for fellow student members.

Undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in psychotherapy are welcome to become a member of Division 29! I particularly encourage those with minoritized identities to consider joining and contributing your voices to our profession. Student members are welcome and encouraged to join and connect via the student listserv, which is the hub of communication for all things related to students in Division 29. I also encourage you to reach out to me personally at to learn more about becoming involved in the Student Development Committee and Division 29!


Krizia Wearing, M.S. Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College


Léi L. Sun, M.S.Ed. Ph.D Candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami

Cordaris Butler, M.S. Ph.D in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas

Vineet Gairola Ph.D Candidate in Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology

Amanda Acevedo-Morales, M.A., Ed.S. Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University

Kailey Sullivan Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University

Helena Valenzuela Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University