From the Public Interest Directorate

The American Psychological Association’s Office on Socioeconomic Status is excited to announce the availability of a new teaching tool designed to encourage the incorporation of social class diversity into psychology education.

Resources for the Inclusion of Social Class

The American Psychological Association’s Office on Socioeconomic Status is excited to announce the availability of a new teaching tool designed to encourage the incorporation of social class diversity into psychology education. Resources for the Inclusion of Social Class in Psychology Curricula is jointly sponsored by divisions 9-Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and 35-Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association. It is appropriate for use at all levels of psychology education. This resource was created in response to the needs and opportunities for psychological contributions in raising social class consciousness.

Resources for the Inclusion of Social Class in Psychology Curricula includes course syllabi, classroom exercises, scholarly books and articles, as well as examples using fiction and popular media. It is sure to prove useful for all psychology educators, including those teaching at the high school, college, and graduate school levels. You are invited to print your own copies and share them with your colleagues and students. Additionally, these materials will be updated periodically. Your suggestions and contributions for future editions are welcomed and appreciated. Access this teaching tool at www.apa.org/pi/ses/.


Call for Nominations for BAPPI Public Member

The American Psychological Association (APA) Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) is seeking nominations for the position of Public Member.

BAPPI solicits nominees who have exhibited: 1) Commitment to Public Interest ideals demonstrated by a history of working actively for social responsibility and justice; and 2) Substantive knowledge and expertise in integrating diverse communities. Board members serve a term of three years; the member appointed this year will serve beginning in January 2009 through December 2011. For this term, the Board is seeking nominees with experience and knowledge/expertise in issues of public health and/or incarcerated populations.

BAPPI has identified the importance of psychology’s major role in addressing issues of public health, particularly in areas of health promotion and disease prevention. As the largest organization of psychologists in the world, APA must act as a strong catalyst for identifying areas in which psychology can have the most impact and ensuring that psychology’s contributions and involvement are regularly sought in efforts to alleviate conditions that threaten the lives and well-being of so many. BAPPI representation by a member that can provide guidance in identifying important issues and connecting with the larger public health community is critical to the success of relevant initiatives.

Role and Responsibilities: The public member plays a role in publicizing the work of BAPPI outside APA and psychology; in developing contacts and resources; in enabling access to policymakers; in acting as a resource for ideas that might come from outside mainstream psychology; and in providing input on activities of interest to BAPPI. The public member should not be a psychologist, could play a political role or serve in government, advocacy, or foundations/funding organizations.

BAPPI Mission (as it appears in the APA Bylaws): The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) shall consist of not fewer than ten members elected for three year terms. Nine of the members must be members of the American Psychological Association. The tenth member shall be a public member appointed by BAPPI for up to a three year term. The mission of BAPPI shall be to encourage the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well being. It shall have general concern for those aspects of psychology that involve solutions to the fundamental problems of human justice and that promote equitable and just treatment of all segments of society. BAPPI shall encourage the utilization and dissemination of psychological knowledge to advance equal opportunity and to foster empowerment of those who do not share equitably in society's resources. The Board shall be concerned with increasing scientific understanding and training in regard to those aspects that pertain to, but are not limited to culture, class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. The Board shall support improving educational and training opportunities for all persons in psychology and continue the promotion of culturally sensitive models for the delivery of psychological services. The Board shall be sensitive to the entire range of APA activities as they pertain to the mission of this Board and make recommendations regarding ethically and socially responsible actions by APA when appropriate. The composition of the Board shall reflect diversity in terms of ethnic minorities, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religion, as well as the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.

Meetings/Workload: The public member is considered a full, voting member of BAPPI and is required to attend two meetings each year in Washington DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. Meeting dates in the year 2009 are as follows: March 20-22, 2009 and October 23-25, 2009. In addition, as a member of BAPPI, the public member may be asked to work on BAPPI-related issues and projects between meetings.

Nomination Process: Nomination materials, including a letter of nomination indicating the specific characteristics of the nominee that correspond with BAPPI’s criteria (see above), a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve and a current curriculum vitae, should be sent to Sue Houston, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address She can be contacted by telephone at (+1/202) 336-6144 or via Email. All nomination materials should be submitted no later than October 3, 2008 in order to be considered.


Committee on Children, Youth, and Families - 2009 Call for Nominations

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) anticipates two vacancies in 2009. Please apply if you have experience in applying psychological knowledge to the health, welfare, and optimal development of children, youth, and families or in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession. Candidates with particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved, and diverse populations are also encouraged to apply. CYF invites applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of psychology and society as a whole (e.g., ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status).

Each candidate is asked to submit a:
1. letter indicating their willingness to serve;
2. brief statement describing their expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families;
3. current curriculum vita; and
4. one to three letters of support for their nomination.

Please submit materials to Efua Andoh via Email or to the APA Address Monday, August 25, 2008. Materials received thereafter will be held for consideration the following year. Please visit www.apa.org/pi/cyf to view the entire 2009 call for nominations statement.


Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1, 2009.

The Committee’s mission is to promote the:

  • psychological well-being of people with disabilities;

  • inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists;

  • development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and

  • awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

Current CDIP activities include developing best practices in research, training, and service delivery concerning persons with disabilities; increasing the visibility of disability within APA; and addressing barriers to training encountered by students with disabilities.

CDIP seeks psychologists with disability-related academic, clinical, or research experience. The Committee strongly encourages applications from those who have a disability (visible, invisible, or due to a chronic health condition or injury) and/or those with personal experience with disability. The Committee also welcomes psychologists who are members of under-represented groups. Nominations are open to APA members who are retired or employed less than full time.

CDIP members are required to participate in annual committee meetings held in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. Members are also expected to work on projects between meetings and encouraged to attend APA's Annual Convention to which attendance is not subsidized.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a statement of interest and qualifications. Please send materials, by the August 29, 2008 deadline, to Anju Khubchandani, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, at the APA Address or via Email.


Public Interest Sponsored Programming at the 2008 APA Convention

Psychology’s contributions to public health… incorporating socioeconomic status into research, practice, and policy… “speed mentoring” for women… working with older adults… children and electronic media… strategies for recruiting, retaining, and graduating students of color… eating disorders and advocacy… PTSD and trauma in youth… new directions in ethnic minority research… ethical practice issues and persons with disabilities… opposing discriminatory legislation aimed at lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons… See highlights of the rich and varied APA convention programming sponsored by the Public Interest Directorate and governance groups at www.apa.org/pi.