From the Education Directorate

The APA Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors determined that the APA Committee on Accreditation (CoA) receive recognition for its accrediting of programs in professional psychology.

CoA Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

At its meeting on April 30, 2002, the CHEA Board of Directors determined that the APA Committee on Accreditation (CoA) receive recognition for its accrediting of programs in professional psychology. The CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures provides that at a minimum, the accrediting organization will undergo a recognition review every ten years with an interim five year report; and that CHEA may elect to review a recognized accrediting organization out of sequence where: “the accrediting organization proposed to change the scope of its activities; or there has been a pattern of documented concerns from institutions following accreditation reviews by the organization over time, and received by CHEA, and the institutions have pursed the accrediting organization’s procedures for addressing complaints”.

Established in 1996 for the advancement of self-regulation through accreditation, CHEA has assumed the responsibility for non-governmental recognition of accrediting agencies. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

Attention State Associations!

The Esther Katz Rosen Center for Gifted Education Policy would like to formally invite state associations to notify the center about "Call for Papers" deadlines. Many psychologists on the center's list serve would like the opportunity to present at state conferences. Please e-mail your state association's "Call for Papers" deadline for your next state conference to Center for Gifted Education Policy, and at the same time visit our new Pinnacle Masters and Scholars website at

Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Hosts Three Convention Sessions

On Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 am-12:00 p.m. BEA will convene a discussion session to provide information on the reports resulting from the 1st Annual Education Leadership Conference (ELC). The session, “Rethinking Education in Psychology and Psychology in Education: An Overview of the 2001 ELC,” will begin with brief reports from the chairs of each conference working group. More importantly, the session is structured to allow for considerable discussion time, so that participants may provide feedback to BEA on several education and training issues across the range of education Pre-K through Continuing Education.

The BEA Technology Working Group will present a symposium on “Technology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Psychology Students” on Saturday, August 24 from 1:00 –2:00 p.m. The members of the working group will present information on best practices in training psychology students and implications of technology on psychology.

The BEA and the American Psychological Foundation will co-sponsor “The Pinnacle of Artistic Performance: Psychological Perspectives and Real World Insights” on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This session is co-listed by the Division of Psychology and the Arts (Division 10,) and includes perspectives from psychological research on the preparation of visual artists, actors, and musicians.

2002 Teaching, Learning, and Education Track of Programming Available Online

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) and the Education Directorate, in cooperation with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), Psi Chi, Psi Beta, and over twenty APA divisions, announce the 2002 education track on teaching, learning, and education. Sessions will feature programs from high school through graduate and postgraduate levels in all fields of psychology.

This year, to assist in your planning for the 2002 Convention, the sessions have been placed online. The session titles are easy to find and have been categorized by various themes: Careers in Psychology, Diversity Issues, Applications to Psychology, Teaching Methods & Resources, Professional Education & Training Strategies, Technology in Teaching & Learning, and Mentoring & Student Development.

To plan your convention itinerary and to learn more about events and sessions related to teaching, learning, and education, as well as education pre-convention workshops and seminars for graduate students, visit the Education Directorate convention website at APA Convention.

APA Awards Presidential Citation to Senator Tom Harkin

On Tuesday, May 28th, Professor Peter Nathan and Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad held a reception in their home in honor of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who was awarded an APA Presidential Citation for his longstanding support of quality education and behavioral and mental health care for underserved populations across America. The reception, which was hosted by the APA Education Directorate and the Education Public Policy Office, included welcoming remarks by Dr. Nathan, as well as remarks by Dr. Cynthia Belar, Executive Director of the APA Education Directorate, who presented the APA Presidential Citation to the Senator. The honor recognizes the many contributions that Senator Harkin has made to improve health care and education for all Americans.

A large crowd of psychology faculty, researchers and practitioners, including a number of representatives from the Iowa Psychological Association, listened as Senator Harkin expressed his deep appreciation for the award and for the opportunity to meet and talk with psychologists about issues and concerns of importance to Iowa and the nation. The Senator, as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) Subcommittee, as well as member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, noted that he has had a longstanding commitment to legislative initiatives dealing with mental health care. He has supported initiatives such as the Mental Health Parity and Patients Bill of Rights, the increased recognition and participation of psychology in the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs, and he has fought hard to gain increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and National Institutes of Mental Health, nearly doubling their budgets over the past several years. The Senator concluded his remarks by pledging to continue his commitment and support of these and similar initiatives of importance to the field of psychology.

Following the award ceremony and pause to take photographs with constituents, Senator Harkin spoke individually with attendees about issues of particular concern to psychology, such as the newly established Graduate Psychology Education program within the Bureau of Health Professions. In this particular case, Senator Harkin expressed his interest and support for GPE and asked Nina Levitt, Ed.D, Director APA Education Policy Office, to follow up with his Washington office staff.

The Education Directorate would like to thank Dr. Nathan and his wife Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad, Carmella Schultes, Executive Director for the Iowa Psychological Association, and IPA members for a memorable evening.

Annual Education Advocacy Breakfast Meeting to Highlight New Graduate Psychology Education Program

APA Division members attending the APA Convention in Chicago are cordially invited to attend the Annual Education Advocacy Breakfast Meeting to be held on Saturday, August 24th (7:30-9:00 AM) at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, Willard Room C). This year’s program will be focused on the newly established Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program within the Bureau of Health Professions – the only federal program solely dedicated to the education and training of psychologists. We are also very pleased to announce that Ms. Terri Spear, Bureau of Health Professions Program Specialist, has agreed to give the keynote presentation. Ms. Spear has been actively involved with the start-up of the new GPE program. General information about the Bureau, as well as specifics about current and future plans for the GPE program will be provided. As Ms. Spear will report, despite the very short turnaround time, there has been tremendous interest in the GPE program with at least 150 programs seeking technical assistance. Grants from the $2 million allocated in FY 2002 to the GPE program are expected to be awarded by the end of August. Following Ms. Spear’s presentation, Dr. Pat DeLeon, APA Past President, and Chief of Staff to Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), will speak about the need for psychologists to be involved in grassroots activities in order to gain greater federal support for psychology education and training (e.g., increased funding for the GPE program).

As has been the tradition for many years, and noted above, the Annual Education Advocacy Breakfast Meeting will be held on Saturday morning of convention. The breakfast is free and open to members of the Education Advocacy Grassroots Network, and all other interested individuals. If you haven’t already, in order to ensure adequate room and catering arrangements, please RSVP by Monday, August 19th, either by email J. Nussbaum or phone (202-312-6483).

Task Force on Distance Education Report

Principles of Good Practice in Distance Education and Their Application to Professional Education and Training in Psychology, a report from the Task Force on Distance Education and Training in Professional Psychology, is now available at the Education Directorate website, for review and comment.

The purpose of the report is to inform governance groups and members of APA, national organizations of education and training leaders in psychology, state psychological associations, and such other organizations as may have interest in distance education and learning, about the current issues related to the use of distance education in professional education and training in psychology. The report discusses principles and concepts based on the definitions of distance education presented and a review of the available literature, including the literature of regional and specialty accrediting bodies. The first section of the report outlines nine domains that speak to principles of best practice for programs considering distance education. The second section of the report examines issues associated with measures of quality in training programs, such as, assessment and evaluation of programs. Also, included in the report are appendixes that reference best practice principles endorsed by various accreditation commissions, and a discussion of the status and current capacity of the hardware and software technology used in the delivery of distance education.

To review a copy of the report and to submit comments go to the Education website at:

Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes: A Report

At its March 2002 meeting, the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) endorsed the Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes: A Report.

This document represents the work of the BEA Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies. The document outlines 10 goals and suggested learning outcomes that represent reasonable departmental expectations for the undergraduate psychology major across educational contexts. The goals are divided into two major categories: (1) Knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychology and (2) Knowledge, skills, and values consistent with liberal arts education that are further developed in psychology. The document concludes with a preliminary discussion of assessment principles and a proposal for developing appropriate assessment strategies based on the Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes. This next step will be critical in promoting high quality learning experiences in the undergraduate psychology major.

Members of the Task Force represent a variety of institutional perspectives on the nature of the undergraduate curriculum and its aims. Task Force members include Jane S. Halonen (Chair), James Madison University; Drew C. Appleby, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; Charles L. Brewer, Furman University and the APA Board of Directors; William Buskist, Auburn University; Angela R. Gillem, Arcadia University; Diane Halpern, Claremont McKenna College; G. William Hill, IV, Kennesaw State University; Margaret A. Lloyd, Georgia Southern University and the APA Board of Educational Affairs; Jerry L. Rudmann, Coastline Community College; and Valjean M. Whitlow, Belmont University.

The G. Stanley Hall Lecture Series 2002 Convention

The Education Directorate, in conjunction with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, will sponsor the G. Stanley Hall Lecture series at the 2002 APA Convention. Four renowned speakers will share their expertise in lectures on Friday and Saturday (August 23-24, 2002). 

Friday, August 23rd, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Lakeside Center—Level 3, Meeting Room E353b
Scents and Sensibility: Pheromones, Social Dynamics, and the Control of Fertility and Disease
Martha McClintock, PhD, University of Chicago

The traditional approach to interactions between the mind and body focuses on the biological mechanisms of behavior and psychological states. Dr. McClintock will discuss the converse approach, which reveals that social interactions are also mechanisms, regulating such fundamental biological processes as ovulation and immune function.

Friday, August 23rd, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
McCormick Place: Lakeside Center-Level 3, Meeting Room E353b
Narrowing the Minority-White Achievement Gap: Lessons from Psychology
Joshua Aronson, Ph.D., New York University

The chronic academic underachievement of certain minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos is an educational and social problem that has perplexed researchers and policy makers for decades. In this lecture, Dr. Aronson will discuss research that draws upon several core areas within psychology—such as prejudice, self-esteem, attribution theory, and self-theories—that shed light on psychological factors in this underachievement. He will discuss interventions drawn from this research that can be used to narrow the gap.

Friday, August 23rd, 4:00-4:50 p.m.
McCormick Place: Lakeside Center-Level 2, Meeting Room E259
A Social Psychology Toolbox for the College Classroom
Randolph Smith, PhD, Ouachita Baptist University

In this lecture, Dr. Smith will discuss several social psychological phenomena in the classroom. Knowing that some teaching-related situations are predictable and explainable through social psychological concepts may reduce teachers’ frustration in those situations. Further, he will provide social psychological insights that may help teachers manage the classroom environment more effectively.

Saturday, August 24th, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
McCormick Place: Lakeside Center-Level 2, Meeting Room E255
Thinking Critically about Coping with Life’s Traumas
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, University of California, Irvine

Using data from her own program of research, Dr. Silver will argue that many assumptions held in our society about how individuals will respond to life’s traumas have not stood up to empirical test. In particular, she will describe how many individuals respond with less distress than might be expected, and how others respond with more pronounced distress than would be judged “normal” under the circumstances.

Saturday, August 24th, 4:00-4:50 p.m.
McCormick Place: Lakeside Center-Level 2, Meeting Room E258
Interested in Presenting a Continuing Education Workshop at APA’s 111th Annual Convention in Toronto?

CPE Workshop Proposal forms for the 2003 Annual Convention are available now. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2002, so get started on your proposal today!

We invite proposals from psychologists in academics, research, and practice to meet the many needs of our diverse audience. Submissions on industrial/organizational psychology, addictions, adult development and aging, neuropsychology, and couples/marital/family, are among the topics underrepresented in recent years.

While we will repeat some popular workshops from this year’s program, we are seeking new presentations on cutting edge issues of interest to psychologists.

Full details can be found at: Call the Office of Continuing Professional Education at 1-800-374-2721 ext. 5991 if you do not have access to the web.

Get your CPE Workshop Proposal Form today!