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APA Psychology Department Program (2009-2010)

APA’s Psychology Department Program provides access to the APA’s many teaching and advising publications as well as subscriptions to APA magazines and newsletters for departments at a price of $300.00 per year.

The 2009-2010 program includes the new editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, paperback); Finding Jobs With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career; Graduate Study in Psychology: 2010, Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, the Careers in Psychology video, three complimentary student affiliate memberships, in addition to subscriptions to the Monitor, gradPSYCH, the Psychology Teacher Network, and The Educator.

Your department can also receive PDP-NEWS, an online news source for psychology faculty and students. APA also provides a link to participating psychology departments on the APA Web site.

2010 Meetings of the Regional Psychological Associations

March 4-7, 2010:
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), New York, NY

March 10-13, 2010:
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Chattanooga, TN

April 8-10, 2010:
Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) Dallas, TX

April 15-17, 2010:
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), Denver, CO

April 22-25, 2010:
Western Psychological Association (WPA), Cancun, Mexico

April 29-May 1, 2010:
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Chicago, IL

October 8-9, 2010:
New England Psychological Association (NEPA), St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology

The APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) has posted the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology (Draft, 2008) for review and comment. These recommendations were developed last fall, following the 2008 APA National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology.

In accordance with Association Rule 30-8, BEA is circulating the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology to APA governance groups, APA Divisions, State Psychological Associations, other organizations in psychology, departments and schools of psychology, and members of the public.

Feedback will be gathered through December 1, 2009, and comments will be reviewed and integrated, as appropriate, into a revised policy document. At the conclusion of this period of review and public comment in 2009 and a subsequent legal review in 2010, these new guidelines will be shared with the APA membership for a 90-day period of public comment. At the conclusion of public comment, the document will be circulated to all governance groups with a request that the Council of Representatives approve as Association policy the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology. Upon approval by Council, these new Principles will replace the earlier Association policy entitled Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs (August, 1994).


All comments are to be submitted electronically via the Education Directorate Public Comment website at In order to submit comments, participants must first register. Registration requires participants to use an email address, and to develop a password. Select the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology from the list of projects to view instructions, register, and to post comments. To view the document select, “Download 09-46PTNSpring09_FinalWeb.pdf.” The Principles are featured on pages 7-13 of the Psychology Teacher Network (Spring 2009) newsletter.  Scroll through the document to page 6 for a brief introduction and to the subsequent pages to review all five of the Quality PrinciplesTo submit feedback, please select “edit comments.” Comments may be submitted through December 1, 2009. If you have any questions, contact Robin Hailstorks, PhD or Martha Boenau at (+1/202) 336-6140.

BEA Solicits Feedback on National Standards for High School Psychology

The APA Board of Educational Affairs requests feedback on a draft revision of the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (Draft, 2009) from the APA Divisions and the State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations.  All comments are to be submitted by October 1, 2009 to Emily Leary.

The draft document is available at .  To access the document, use the password hspolicy.

If you have any questions, contact Emily Leary.


In August 2005, the Council of Representatives approved revisions to the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula. The National Standards, first approved by Council in August 1999, was developed to describe what high school students should learn in the high school psychology class, and to recommend how students should demonstrate what they have learned in the class. Use of the term “standards” in this document is consistent with national practices in K-12 education when disciplinary societies, teacher organizations, or other non-regulatory groups develop benchmark learning objectives for curriculum development and assessment of student learning in particular subjects of study.