FROM THE CEO
Our divisions make us stronger
BY DR. NORMAN B. ANDERSON • APA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Nearly half of all APA members belong to one of the association’s 54
divisions, which represent psychology’s many and varied facets. A significant
number of members belong to two or more. From clinical practice to
experimental psychology, from teaching to trauma, arts to media, there is
a division for every APA member. (For the full list of divisions, go to
Not surprisingly, APA members who
join a division become engaged in
critical issues of the day and are more
likely to retain APA membership.
programs, offering ways to help new members navigate the APA
governance structure and paying for early career psychologists
to travel to division conferences. Other ideas included
launching an ethics hotline and discounting membership rates.
The committee also recommended offering more resources on
starting a practice, financial planning, debt reduction, emerging
and nontraditional careers and risk management.
It’s also important to attract psychology students to APA’s
divisions. Toward that end, the American Psychological
Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) sponsors a Division
of the Year Award, a $1,500 cash prize that recognizes divisions
for promoting graduate student development, including helping
students shape their own professional identity. Last year’s winner
was Div. 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and
Masculinity). The application deadline for this year is May 1.
APAGS also maintains a listserv for student leaders of APA
divisions, allowing networking and discussion about member
recruitment and retention.
APA is committed to making divisions’ valuable and much-appreciated efforts both productive and engaging. n