Association Rules — 140. Scientific Affairs

140-1. Board of Scientific Affairs

140-1.1 The Board of Scientific Affairs shall consist of nine members, three to be elected each year for a term of three years.

140-2. Chief Science Advisor

140-2.1. The chief science advisor of APA shall be a member of the Association and shall be appointed by the chief staff officer with the approval of the Board of Scientific Affairs. The chief science advisor shall serve for a three-year term and may be reappointed for not more than one additional term. This person shall serve as an advisor to the chief staff officer and Central Office staff on all matters related to scientific issues. Duties include exploring new initiatives to promote research in psychology; consulting with regard to science policy, including research support and management issues; serving as liaison to scientific organizations; participating in public hearings; and formulating recommendations to the Board of Scientific Affairs and the chief staff officer for policy or procedural changes as may be appropriate. Compensation for the chief science advisor shall be determined by the chief staff officer, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

140-3. Committee on Scientific Awards

140-3.1 There shall be a Committee on Scientific Awards consisting of six members, two of whom shall be elected each year for terms of three years. The Committee shall announce the recipients of the awards at the annual convention, and it shall report other matters to Council through the Board of Scientific Affairs.

140-3.2 The APA may award annually up to four prizes of up to $2,000 each for outstanding contributions to the science of psychology. Three of these awards are to be known as the "APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions." The Committee shall select recipients for the awards who, in its opinion, have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The fourth award in the amount of up to $2,000 shall be known as the "APA Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology." The award is for distinguished theoretical or empirical advances leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems. The Committee shall seek diversity in selecting recipients, avoiding so far as possible the selection of more than one person representing a specialized topic, a specific material, a given method, or a particular application.

There shall be an increase in the number of these senior scientific awards from four to seven per year for calendar years 1987, 1988, and 1989.

140-3.3 The APA may award five annual prizes of up to $1,000 for important contributions to the science of psychology made by younger people early in their career. The award is known as the "APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology." It is expected that award will focus more on specific contributions rather than on continuing contributions.

140-3.4 Ineligible for the awards are members serving currently on the Committee, former recipients of the award in question, and the current APA President and President-elect.

140-3.5 Nominations for these awards shall be solicited in the broadest possible manner, including announcements in appropriate publications. Deadlines for receipt of nominations shall be established by the Committee each year. Additionally, the Committee shall systematically review promising nominations from previous years.

140-3.6 Award recipients are invited to the APA annual convention to receive the award and to address convention attendees in the year following the receipt of the award.

140-4. Committee on Animal Research and Ethics

140-4.1 There shall be a Committee on Animal Research and Ethics whose responsibility it shall be to (a) safeguard responsible research with animals, other than humans, and establish and maintain cooperative relations with organizations sharing common interests, (b) disseminate in cooperation with other organizations accurate information about such research, (c) review the ethics of such research and recommend guidelines for its ethical conduct, and (d) disseminate, in cooperation with other organizations, guidelines for protecting the welfare of animals, other than humans, that are used in research, teaching, and practical applications, and to consult on the implementation of these guidelines.

The Committee shall consist of six members, two of whom shall be elected each year for a term of three years. The Committee shall report to Council through the Board of Scientific Affairs.

140-5. Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment

140-5.1 There shall be a Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment whose responsibility it shall be to: (a) address problems regarding sound psychological testing and assessment practices, and initiate discussions with specific agencies and institutions outside APA concerning sound testing and assessment practices; (b) review regularly the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and recommend revision, when necessary; (c) serve as technical advisors to other APA boards and committees on all issues affecting testing and assessment as it involves policy, practice, and science; (d) monitor actions of government and other organizations concerning regulation and control of assessment and testing practices and make appropriate recommendations; (e) maintain a knowledge of and concern regarding current policy issues on the use of tests and assessment in clinical, counseling, educational, and employment settings, and (f) promote the appropriate use of tests and sound assessment practices. Insofar as possible, the Committee shall have expertise in the theory, evaluation, and use of tests in clinical, counseling, school, and industrial/organizational psychology and shall represent the concerns of diverse groups that may be affected by testing. This may include but not be limited to persons with disabilities, women, and ethnic minorities. In order for the Committee to maintain liaison and cooperation with other groups concerned with tests and assessment, it is desirable for some members of the Committee to hold joint membership in APA, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. The Committee shall consist of nine members appointed by the Board of Scientific Affairs in consultation with the Committee. Three members shall be appointed annually for a term of three years. Members shall be selected by the following process:

  1. In a three-year rotation, the Board of Professional Affairs, Board of Educational Affairs, and Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest shall submit slates of at least three persons who reflect the orientation of their respective boards and who have expertise in some area of testing and assessment. One person shall be appointed from each slate of three nominees, and thus three of the nine committee members shall be appointed in this way.

  2. The Board of Scientific Affairs shall select annually a member from a slate of persons with expertise in the scientific aspects of testing.

  3. A member shall be appointed annually from a slate of candidates who combine a technical knowledge of testing with the respective orientations of the Board of Professional Affairs, Board of Educational Affairs, or Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (in a three-year rotation). Each slate shall be reviewed by the board whose views are to be represented.

  4. The Board of Scientific Affairs will be responsible for ensuring that at least two of the nine Committee members shall be ethnic minorities with expertise in one or more content areas of relevance to testing and assessment.

The Committee shall report to Council through the Board of Scientific Affairs. Committee actions will be communicated to all represented boards.

140-6. Committee on Human Research

140-6.1 There shall be a Committee on Human Research whose responsibility it shall be to (a) facilitate the conduct of and training in scientifically and ethically responsible research involving humans, and establish and maintain cooperative relations with organizations sharing common interests, (b) examine issues related to the ethics of and regulatory requirements for research involving humans and disseminate accurate information about such research, and (c) develop and disseminate guidelines for protecting the rights and welfare of humans involved in research, and consult on the implementation of these guidelines.

The Committee shall consist of seven members elected by the Board of Scientific Affairs. Each year, two members will be elected for a term of three years; the seventh member will be elected from a slate developed jointly by the Board of Scientific Affairs and the Ethics Committee, and will also serve a term of three years. The Committee shall report to Council through the Board of Scientific Affairs.