"APA divisions provide me smaller communities within a much larger community and I, like countless others, feel a deep loyalty to my home divisions. Divisions offer me a professional home and family with like-minded colleagues who share my passions and professional and personal identities. I love being part of a group that serves as a vehicle for advocating and promoting issues of great interest and importance to me, the discipline and the public. Working my way up through various divisions has afforded me wonderful opportunities for networking, colleagueship, mentoring and going to school on APA governance and politics. I am grateful for the personal connections that I have forged through my divisional involvement and the meaningful friendships that I have developed. My roles as continuing education chair, hospitality suite and program chair, among many other divisional roles led to my having more significant leadership roles within APA, such as serving as president of Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) and Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology). Hopefully, these positions enabled me to garner the experience, connections, and leadership opportunities to serve effectively and collaboratively as the 2014 president of APA."
—Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
2014 APA President
Professor, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, and Chief Psychologist (Grady),
Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
"Belonging to Div. 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) and Div. 45 (Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) makes APA manageable and personally meaningful to me, almost like personalized medicine. It is hard to imagine being an APA member without a divisional home. Division membership provides me with easy mechanisms to access organizational resources, participate in governance, and stay abreast of important issues in the areas of psychology that are most relevant to my interests and professional practice. I have never considered not being in divisions 40 and 45. If anything, I am motivated to consider additional division memberships as my professional life evolves."
—Desiree Byrd, PhD, ABPP-CN
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
"Being involved in many APA divisions has helped me connect with people who have similar interests and with whom I can share ideas. Without the divisions, APA would be difficult to navigate, as divisions allow members to focus on specific areas of interest and advance the agenda in those areas. Other than council, activity in a division is really the way to be a part of APA governance. I have been president of three divisions and am still active in them as well as many others. I believe my activities and presidencies of Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) were helpful in my becoming APA president."
—Florence Denmark, PhD
Robert S. Pace Distinguished Research Professor, Pace University
“I maintain an active role because it affords opportunities to discuss important research- and career-oriented topics, ranging from something as simple as asking members for references on topics of interest to more substantial projects such as organizing convention events. Networking is also an important reason for my involvement; communication with division members has provided opportunities that would otherwise be unknown to me.”
—Kuba Glazek, PhD
Human Factors Scientist at Exponent
"My primary training and practice are in neuropsychology, and I've been a member of Div. 40 (Society of Clinical Neuropsychology) since my student days. I had always wanted to be in independent practice. I wish I'd known Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) existed when I was a student, as I most certainly would have joined then — as I did some years ago. Being involved in Div. 42 has provided a way for me to 'give back' to colleagues and to the wider public in ways that I never imagined were possible. As a solo practitioner, I have been enabled by division membership to connect at the local and national levels, 'virtually' and in 'real time': for practice-building, to write articles I might not otherwise have written, to participate in governance on behalf of member colleagues, to promote the profession and to form close friendships with people I otherwise likely would have not met. The division found just the right activities for me to develop interests that were valued by the division. The unanticipated rewards seem to flow both ways with my membership. As I like to say, 'Joined Division 42 for the Listserv®, stayed for everything else.'"
—Gordon Herz, PhD
Independent Practice, Forward Psychology Group, LLC
“As an international woman ECP, I started developing a strong professional identity through active involvement in APA. Getting involved through divisions extended my horizons in my professional identity, the network for collaboration and research interest. Interactions with other ECPs has been stimulating and supportive, but being able to interact with role models was the biggest gaining. Most importantly, I was able to have internalized competence through interactions with other international women psychologists who are taking leadership roles in APA.”
—Ji-yeon Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Clinic Director
The University of Texas at Tyler Psychology and Counseling Training Clinic
"I consider Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) to be my 'home base' within APA because I have been lucky enough to be recognized with awards from my division and presented with unique training opportunities (like studying abroad in Germany) that I never would have known about if not for my membership in this division. In addition, I have had numerous opportunities to make connections with experts in my field (e.g., at business meetings, social hours), which will likely help me when I go on the job market."
—Gloria Luong, MA
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow, National Institute on Aging, and Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
"Being a division member has been central to finding a 'home' and a purpose within APA. Perhaps it's a cliché, but it's been my experience. My ideas and energy have been welcomed and appreciated within several APA divisions. Without a doubt, being a division member (and an active one) has helped me personally and professionally. I've also found membership translates into a better conference experience — as I know I always have a group of people to attend programs with and socialize!"
—Aaron Rochlen, PhD
Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, and Licensed Psychologist