Division News

All APA Boards; Committees; Divisions; State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations, and individual members are invited to submit nominations for the newly created Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Meyers Joins Division Services

The Division Services Office (DSO) welcomes Micheline Meyers as its new Coordinator! Micheline joined the DSO on August 16, 2004, by way of the APA Journals Department, where she was a Technical/Production Editor for more than 5 years. Most recently, she worked on copyediting and production of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychological Methods. Earlier in her Journals career, she helped with the production of many of the Educational Publishing Foundation journals, including Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, the journal of Division 50.

Micheline earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Publications Design at the University of Baltimore. As the DSO Coordinator, she is looking forward to working with the divisions in newsletter production, web site maintenance, as well as the other varied tasks of her position. Micheline can be contacted via Email or at (+1/202) 336-6197.

Call for Nominations: Committee on Early Career Psychologists

All APA Boards; Committees; Divisions; State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations, and individual members are invited to submit nominations for the newly created Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

The committee will consist of six members of the Association within seven years of the receipt of the doctorate. Nominees to the committee will be divided into slates representing Education, Practice, Public Interest, Science, and experience in Division and State/Provincial/Territorial early career programs. As the committee is forming in January 2005, nominations are sought for all six slates. The Board of Directors will appoint members to the committee for staggered 3-year terms. The six original committee members will determine their tenures at the committee’s first meeting in March 2005.

The mission of the committee is to:

  • research, organize and institute initiatives to increase the number of student affiliate members who transition to full member status, as well as the number of early career psychologists joining the association for the first time

  • collaborate in the development and implementation of the recruitment and retention initiatives of the Membership Committee

  • support the development of new mechanisms and the enhancement of existing mechanisms to increase participation in APA Divisions and State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations among early career psychologists

  • promote greater awareness of the benefits of APA membership for early career psychologists and work to expand those benefits

  • represent the interests and concerns of early career psychologists throughout APA governance and the central office

The committee will meet twice per year in or around Washington DC. Meeting expenses are reimbursed by APA.

All nominations should include a statement of interest indicating the slate for which the nominee would be most appropriate and a current c.v. Nomination materials must be received by September 27, 2004.

Nomination materials should be submitted to: Committee on Early Career Psychologists, c/o Paul Donnelly, at the APA Address. Electronic submissions to Mr. Donnelly are most welcome.

Congratulations to APA’s Newly Elected 2005 Initial and Current Fellows

Hats off to the 119 Initial Fellows elected by the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives at this years annual convention. We also want to send congratulations out to the Current Fellows nominated for 2005 as well. The 2005 Initial Fellows will be receiving their certificates from the Membership Committee sometime in October.

A special note to the Division Fellows Chairs, give yourself the edge and get an early start by following these suggestions from the APA Membership Committee: invite your division fellows committee to think about possible nominations, look at the division’s membership roster to identify possible nominees, and for those divisions that depend on nominations from the division’s membership, begin your announcements regarding call for nominations in your division’s newsletter. If you need help or have any questions, please contact Sonja Wiggins in APA’s Central Office at (+1/800) 374-2721 (ext. 5590) or via Email.

Journals Accepting Nominations for Editors

The Publications and Communications Board has opened nominations for the 2007-2012 editorships of the following journals:

Clinicians Research Digest, current editor: Elizabeth Altmaier, PhD,
Emotion, current editors: Richard Davidson, PhD and Klaus Scherer, PhD
JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, current editor: Thomas Nelson, PhD
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, current editor: Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, current editor: Jane G. Delahunty, PhD

Candidates should be members of APA and should be available to start receiving manuscripts in early 2006 to prepare for issues published in 2007. Please note that the P&C Board encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Search chairs have been appointed as follows:

  • Clinicians Research Digest: William C. Howell, PhD

  • Emotion: David C. Funder, PhD

  • JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition: Linda P. Spear, PhD and Peter Ornstein, PhD

  • Professional Psychology: Susan H. McDaniel, PhD and J. Gilbert Benedict, PhD

  • Psychology, Public Policy, and Law: Mark Appelbaum, PhD and Gary R. VandenBos, PhD

Candidates should be nominated by accessing APA’s EditorQuest site on the Web. Using your Web browser, go to editorquest.apa.org. On the Home menu on the left, find Guests. Next, click on the link “Submit a Nomination,” enter your nominee’s information, and click “Submit.”

Prepared statements of one page or less in support of a nominee can also be submitted by Email to Karen Sellman, P&C Board Search Liaison.

Deadline for accepting nominations is December 10, 2004, when reviews will begin.

Council New Business Items from July 2004

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) provides the following information to division officers to increase the awareness of and opportunity for division input to governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees. What follows is a summary of new business items submitted between the close of the February 2004 and July 2004 sessions of Council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council, CODAPAR (representing division interests), the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (representing state/provincial interests) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) reviewed the items and referred them to APA groups for consideration. Divisions are invited to comment on these items. Summary statements for each item appear below, along with a list of the APA boards and committees to which the item was referred. The board or committee appearing in bold has been designated lead group for the item. Division comments on each item should be directed to the lead board or committee at the APA address.

The board/committee acronyms used in the listing are:

BEA - Board of Educational Affairs
BPA - Board of Professional Affairs
CAPP - Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
COLI - Committee on Legal Issues
P&P - Policy and Planning Board

37A: APA Policy Formulation on Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
This item asks that the Council of Representatives adopt a resolution that outlines an approach for addressing mental illness and its applicability to the death penalty. Because this item is time sensitive and effects an important interdisciplinary collaboration, the Agenda Planning Group voted to suspend the normal referral procedures and place this item directly on the Fall Cross Cutting Agenda.

37B: An Amendment to the Model License Law
This item recommends an amendment to APA’s model licensure law that would eliminate the requirement that one of the years of supervised experience be postdoctoral.

37C: Substituting of Candidates Slated for Election to Office
If passed, this item would require that a statement of justification be sent from the Board of Directors to the originating board or committee when changes are made to an election slate. It would also create an arbitration process in the event of a disagreement.

37D: Media Training for APA & STPA Members
The is a request for $3,000 to be included in the budget of the Office of Public Communications to provide media training to 10 members of Division 46 so that they can provide training to other divisions, state/provincial/territorial psychological associations and other interested psychology groups.

Division Profiles - Knowing Your Members

The APA Research Office has just announced the results from the directory surveys on the make-up of divisions. The Division Profiles cover demographics, educational characteristics, current major fields and membership characteristics. To read the PDF files, please click here. If you have questions, please email the APA Research Office.

Revamped Division Calendar Loaded with Information

D Calendar is here!

The Division Meetings Calendar has been updated with your membership meetings, conference, dates and times. Also for your convenience, we have incorporated critical dates for divisions from the different APA offices. Ballot mailing dates from the Elections Office, Division Assessments deadlines from the Membership Office, tax dates from the Financial Services Office and important dates from the Division Services Office are just some examples of valuable information you will find.

Visit D Calendar at: www.apa.org/about/division/divofficers.html.

D Calendar will be continuously updated – send your event details to Troy Booker in the Division Services office via Email.

APA/IES Postdoctoral Education Research Training Kicks Off With 3-Day Orientation in Washington, DC

The APA Center for Psychology in Schools and Education hosted 13 early career psychologists to kick off an intensive school-based research training program to boost research on the application of psychological science to education. The event featured speakers from APA, IES, The National Research Council and the Montgomery County Public Schools, and provided fellows with an opportunity to socialize and develop a strong peer network. The program is made possible by a $2,070,573 grant to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Education Directorate from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

APA / IES PERT is designed to build capacity for rigorous research through the application of psychological science to pre K - 12 education. Unlike other programs in the field that either provide fellowships directly to students or institutional grants to universities, the PERT program independently solicits applications from mentors and students and employs a matching process that is overseen by an independent advisory board. In addition to being engaged in research training, all fellows will participate in a series of joint activities focused on translating research into practice, learning about large scale research, understanding the education policy arena, building a community of APA/IES scholars, and developing interest in education sciences throughout the graduate education pipeline in psychology.


As we move into a time of intense campaigning for public offices there is something of essential importance for every Division to fully understand: APA AND ITS DIVISIONS MAY NOT DO ANYTHING THAT COULD EVEN APPEAR TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE ANY CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

This prohibition applies to all organizations, including APA and its Divisions, which are exempt from Federal taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An entity can remain qualified for this tax-exempt status only if it “does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” If this portion of the law is violated the IRS can revoke our tax-exempt status and can impose taxes on us.

So what may a Division not do? A Division may not support or oppose any candidate for public office in any way. No asset or resource of a Division may be used in any way that could be seen as supporting or opposing a candidate. No money can be given to campaigns. No statements by other persons or organizations that support or oppose a candidate may in any way be distributed or published by a Division.

Some Divisions have posed the question of whether a Division listserv is allowed to distribute statements by listserv participants that are critical of or praise what a candidate or a candidate’s administration has done. We may not permit such statements. Even if such a statement does not specifically advocate for or oppose the election of the candidate, saying something positive or negative about the candidate, or the candidate’s administration, is likely to be regarded by the Internal Revenue Service as having the effect of urging readers to support or oppose the candidate. We have also been asked whether statements for or against a candidate could be distributed on a listserv or other media if there was a disclaimer that stated that such statements do not reflect the position of APA or the Division. Again, the answer is no. APA and its Divisions may not allow their resources to be used in any way that could support or oppose a candidate.

Listservs are not the only means of communication that should not include any kind of support or opposition for candidates. Such subjects should be avoided in Division Journals and all other publications and newsletters, mailings, and discussions at Division meetings and also at Convention symposiums, addresses, etc.

The question is often raised why the Government is allowed to limit the free speech rights of organizations like APA and its Divisions. The courts have addressed this and have held that it is fully within the power of the Government to impose this condition on charitable non-profit entities in return for giving those entities freedom from any taxation. In recent months several IRS officials have made statements at legal symposiums that make it clear that they will be closely watching the activities of 501(c)(3) entities during the current election and that they plan to pursue any potential violations that are observed. Thus, it is essential that APA and its Divisions remain fully attentive to making sure that we do not act in any way that could be viewed as a violation of this law.

It is actually possible for a 501(c)(3) entity to conduct an activity that would address political candidacies but which would be completely neutral. For example, a debate might be conducted that would include all candidates for a particular office and which was done in such a way that there could be no possible hint that the tax-exempt entity sponsoring the debate was favoring or opposing any particular candidate. It does not appear likely that APA or any of its Divisions would want to do this, but if they would, it could only be done after full review and approval by the APA General Counsel Office.

If you have any questions about this subject or have concerns regarding whether a particular activity would be in violation, please call me as soon as possible at 202-336-6089. We welcome the opportunity to help resolve such issues.

Submitted by James L. McHugh, Senior Counsel

Candidates Statements to Appear Online

Beginning with the 2005 elections, APA will feature candidate statements on its website. Those individuals running for Division Officers and Council Representatives, as well as State/Provincial/Territorial Association (SPTA) Council Representatives, will be given the opportunity to submit statements of up to 200 words which will be placed on the website (note that the 200 word limit will be strictly enforced). The feature is being added as a result of suggestions made by members recently

The election ballots are mailed to members of Divisions and SPTA’s in mid-April. Each member receives a customized ballot that contains only those elections in which they are eligible to vote. Because the ballots are customized, including candidate statements with each ballot is not possible. The current practice of placing candidate statements in Division and SPTA newsletters and listservs will be enhanced by the website posting.

The website address will be listed on each member’s ballot and will also be included in the cover letter that accompanies the ballot. The Election Office hopes that by adding this feature, voters will be more informed and more inclined to vote.

Another announcement will be made when the Call for Candidates is mailed to Division Nominations Chairs and SPTA Executive Directors in early January. The deadline for submission of statements will be April 1, 2005.

2004 CODAPAR Members

Lisa Harlow, Gary Brooks, Martha Banks, Frank Worrell, Ilene Serlin (Chair), and Thomas Zentall

Division Services Staff

Troy Booker, Division Services Officer
Penny Harrison, Division Services Assistant
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Micheline Meyers, Division Services Coordinator

2004 Deadlines for Articles for the APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via email to Troy Booker.

November/December 2004: October 25, 2004