strategic advice to the association in
its engagement in the promotion and
protection of human rights. The task
force members are:
Maureen O’Connor, PhD, chair, Palo
Kathleen H. Dockett, EdD, University of
the District of Columbia (emerita).
Kirby Huminuik, MA, University of
Diya Jacob Kallivayalil, PhD, Cambridge
Sam G. McFarland, PhD, Western
Kentucky University (emeritus).
Jessica Wyndham, American Association
for the Advancement of Science.
The group has been charged with producing a report by the end of this year to:
■ Define human rights as related to
psychology to clarify the relationship of
human rights to APA’s mission; relate
the concept of human rights to human
welfare, social and ethical responsibility,
public interest and social justice; and help
frame and guide APA’s work to promote
■ Review APA’s recent and ongoing
human rights activities.
■ Analyze comments and recommendations regarding human rights from APA
boards and committees.
■ Consider strategies, goals, objectives
by APA’s 2015 policy). Due to the complexity of the issue, the council decided
to postpone its consideration until its
In other action, the council:
■ Heard a report on the Commission on
Ethics Processes from its co-chairs, Paul
Root Wolpe, PhD, and Melba Vasquez,
PhD. Formed in response to the IR, the
commission is charged with evaluating and
recommending changes to the APA ethics
processes. The commission plans to present
its final report and recommendations to
the council at its February meeting.
■ Approved a proposal for a new membership category. The council approved
asking members to vote for a bylaw
amendment that would establish a
new affiliate membership category for
“Friends of Psychology.” The category
would be open to people interested in
supporting APA’s mission who are not
eligible for other membership types.
There is a large population interested in
applying psychological principles to their
work and personal lives, including the
100,000 who graduate with bachelor’s
degrees in psychology each year. This new
category would create a way for those
interested in psychology to become more
engaged with APA and the psychology
The proposed bylaw change will be
sent to the membership for a vote in
November. See page 80 for the bylaws
To read the minutes of the entire
council meeting, go to www.apa.org/
TASK FORCE ON
APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, has appointed a Task Force on Human Rights
that will be responsible for providing
and priorities for APA’s engagement in
human rights issues and related activities.
■ Discuss the various constituencies
in APA that might have particular
interests in human rights and how they
can be involved in APA’s programmatic
activities related to the promotion of
■ Recommend ways to ensure APA’s
commitment to human rights is ongoing
■ Identify human rights-focused organizations and coalitions that APA might
work with in the future.
HELP FOR POSTDOCS
AND EARLY CAREER
Anew APA resource guides psychologists through the process of creating an individual
development plan for securing a first job
and maintaining career growth.
APA’s Resource for Individual Development Plans (IDPs) takes early career
psychologists—especially those in their
postdoc years—step-by-step through
self-assessment, career exploration and
the creation of milestones to help facilitate career development.
IDPs are formalized, structured career
training plans tailored to a trainee’s
unique needs and career aspirations.
Federal funding agencies, such as the
National Institutes of Health, require
the students and postdocs they support
to use IDPs or other structured training
IDPs help graduate students and early
career professionals identify and encourage the use of opportunities that increase
their professional and career development. Such opportunities often exist:
■ In the training or work environment
(mentoring or supervising undergraduates in the lab).
■ At the host school or institution