From the Public Interest Directorate

The American Psychological Association (APA) Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) and the American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) are seeking nominations for the 2005 term.

Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS Call for Nominations

The American Psychological Association (APA) Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is seeking nominations for two new members whose terms will begin on January 1, 2005 and end on December 31, 2007. The mission of COPA, an ad hoc committee that reports directly to the APA Board of Directors, is to guide the development and implementation of APA’s organizational responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

COPA members are required to attend two, face-to-face meetings per year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in monthly conference calls. Between meetings, members are expected to devote a substantial portion of time to COPA projects, provide consultation to APA Office on AIDS staff, and participate in advocacy activities as needed. Each of the face-to-face meetings begins on a Friday morning at 8:30am and it ends on Sunday morning at noon. On average, in addition to the time associated with the one-hour monthly conference calls and the time associated with the two face-to-face meetings each year, members spend approximately two to four hours per month on COPA business.

Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in dealing with HIV/AIDS issues as a researcher, practitioner, educator, and/or policy advocate. COPA seeks to involve a diverse group of psychologists, including persons of color and individuals who are living with HIV. COPA is particularly interested in candidates who are employed in traditional university settings as well as candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) HIV/AIDS public policy; (2) HIV prevention and care for adolescents; (3) HIV/AIDS issues in Africa; and (4) rapid HIV testing.

Nomination materials should include a summary of the nominee's qualifications, a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on COPA, and a curriculum vita. Self-nominations are encouraged. Materials should be sent to Robert Beverly, Office on AIDS at the APA address. All material must by received by September 17, 2004.


Call for Nominations to the Committee on Women in Psychology

The American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin terms in January 2005. The committee functions as a catalyst by interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, the APA's membership, and the Society for the of Psychology of Women, as well as to other relevant groups. Additionally, the committee collects information and documentation concerning the status of women and develops the means by which the participation of women in roles and functions of the profession could be increased.

Committee members plan, develop, and coordinate various activities regarding the status of women. CWP current strategic goals include promoting the health and well-being of all women; identifying and eliminating discriminatory practices against all women; promoting the unique contributions of women to psychology; enhancing women’s leadership within and outside of APA; monitoring activities of groups within the APA to assess the impact on women; and collaborating with others as needed to achieve the empowerment of underrepresented groups.

The committee is interested in persons with demonstrated interest and experience in women's issues to serve a 3-year term beginning in January 2005 and ending in December 2007. For this term, CWP seeks at least one member actively involved in research. To fulfill the committee’s commitment to full diversity in representation, one of the slates should be filled by an openly identified lesbian or bisexual psychologist. Public policy experience is desirable. Letters of nomination should clearly describe the candidate's specific qualifications relative to these criteria. Nominees to CWP must be full members of APA.

CWP Members are required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC with expenses reimbursed by the APA. Candidates should ensure they can attend all committee meetings. In 2005, the meetings will be March 18-20 and September 23-25. Committee members also work on CWP priorities between meetings, and will be expected to participate in regular committee conference calls. If possible, members attend a CWP meeting at their own expense held during the APA Convention.

Nomination materials should include the nominee's qualifications, a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CWP, and a current curriculum vita. Self-nominations are encouraged. APA nominations are open to members who are retired, employed less than full time, or work full time. Nominations and supporting materials should be sent by September 1, 2004, to Danielle R. Dickerson, APA Women's Programs Office at the APA address or via Email.