Who We Are
Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS pronounced as two syllables: "H-Gaps") is a student-based non-profit (501c3) that is dedicated to helping the best information about psychological science reach the people who would benefit. Our goal is to build small groups to improve the information about psychology on Wikipedia, on other online sites, and in the community. We aim to make our resources reach the level of the best college textbook on the topic and help the general public, clinicians, clients, and educators each find high quality resources quickly. We have chapters at multiple universities across the country.
Giving the best information to the people who would benefit.
The vision of the HGAPS is to bridge the gap between students, clinicians, researchers, and the public by creating and spreading accessible and free resources. We bring together students and content experts to gather and present the best information about psychological science to the people who would benefit.
We aim to link Wikipedia (and Google) with high quality resources and information about psychological science, improving the next generation of training, and creating tools that help practitioners and researchers.
The "Leaky Pipeline"
Evidence Based Medicine talks about the “leaky pipeline” that is supposed to connect the best evidence with the person who would benefit. Information leaks away because people are not even aware of the information, do not know whether to accept it or how to apply it. HGAPS brings together motivated students to make edits to Wikipedia – the world’s largest encyclopedia and the most visited site in the world for general information – to increase the amount of psychological science information there, and to add links to national and local resources and organizations.
The HGAPS system was founded by Mian-Li Ong and Dr. Eric Youngstrom. Mian-Li is a current graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and serves as graduate student advisor. Dr. Youngstrom is president-elect (and past president) of the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, and serves as faculty advisor.
Dr. Eric Youngstrom
Graduate Student Advisor
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