Association Rules — 150. Public Interest

150-1. Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

150-1. The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest shall consist of ten members, not more than three of whom shall be nonmembers of APA to be elected by Council for staggered terms of three years each.

150.2 Committee on Women in Psychology

150-2.1 There shall be a Committee on Women in Psychology that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA--"to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare"--by ensuring that women in all their diversity achieve equality within the psychological community and in the larger society, nationally and globally in order that all human resources be fully actualized. Its mission shall be to function as a catalyst by means of interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, to the APA's membership, and particularly to the Society for the Psychology of Women, Association for Women in Psychology, and other relevant organizations, including groups whose missions address the status of women. Specifically, the Committee will undertake the following priority tasks: (a) collection of information and documentation concerning the status of women; (b) development of recommendations relevant to women; (c) monitoring the implementation of guidelines and recommendations from reports issued by APA that are relevant to women; (d) development of mechanisms to increase the participation of women in roles and functions both within and outside the profession; (e) ongoing communications with other agencies and institutions regarding the status of women; and (f) monitoring current issues relevant to the lives of women in order to inform policy.

The Committee shall consist of six members who are elected for staggered terms of three years. It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-3. Committee on Psychology in the Public Interest Awards

150-3.1 There shall be a Committee on Psychology in the Public Interest Awards consisting of the current Chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, the two past Chairs, and two psychologists appointed by Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest who are members of the Association but not members of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and who will reflect the diversity of public interest constituencies. The Committee shall announce the recipients of the awards at the annual convention, and it shall report other matters to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-3.2 The APA may award annually up to three prizes of up to $2,000 each for outstanding contributions to psychology in the public interest and for outstanding contributions to research in public policy. Two of these awards are to be known as the "APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest." The Committee shall select recipients whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions have met one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution in the science or profession of psychology that makes a material contribution to the solution of one of the world's intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution that makes the science and/or profession of psychology more accessible in a positive manner to a greater number of persons; and (c) an integration of the science and/or profession of psychology with social action in a manner beneficial to all.

150-3.3 The third award in the amount of up to $2,000 shall be known as the "APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy." The award is for a distinguished empirical or theoretical contribution to research in public policy. This contribution may consist of: (a) sound research that leads others to view specific national policies differently; (b) research that provides evidence directly relevant to public policy alternatives; (c) research that demonstrates the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy; and (d) research that clarifies the ways in which scientific knowledge regarding human behavior informs public policy.

150-3.4 Ineligible for the awards are members serving on the Committee and on the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, former recipients of the award, and the current APA President and President-elect.

150-3.5 Nominations for these awards shall be solicited in the broadest possible manner, including placement of announcements in appropriate publications. The Committee may also nominate candidates. Additionally, the Committee shall systematically review promising nominations from previous years. Deadlines for receipt of nominations shall be established by the Committee each year.

150-3.6 Award recipients shall be invited to the APA annual convention to receive the awards and to address convention attendees in the year following the receipt of the awards.

150-4. Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns

150-4.1 There shall be a Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns whose mission shall be to: (a) study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender psychologists can best be dealt with; (b) encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender adults and youths, and the social impact of such research; (c) examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender adults and youths in clinical practice; (d) develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others; and (e) make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into APA's activities to further the cause of civil and legal rights of lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender psychologists within the profession.

The Committee shall consist of six members, three of whom self-identify as women and three of whom self-identify as men, to be appointed for staggered terms of three years. Transgender members who do not self-identify as either women or men may fill either a female or a male seat, in alternation (for example, if there were two transgender members who did not identify as either women or men, one would fill a male seat and one would fill a female seat). It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-5. Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

150-5.1 There shall be a Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology that shall address all areas of disability issues in psychology. The mission of the Committee shall be to: I. Promote the psychological welfare of people with disabilities; II. Promote the development and implementation of psychological service delivery models responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; III. Promote the awareness of disability issues in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas; IV. Promote inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, and professional development of psychologists.

The Committee shall consist of six APA members to be appointed for staggered terms of three years. Members should have expertise in one or more of the missions listed above. The Committee shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-6. Committee on Children, Youth, and Families

150-6.1 There shall be a Committee on Children, Youth, and Families which shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA--"to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare"--by ensuring that children, youth, and families receive the full attention of the Association in order that all human resources are actualized. It should function as a catalyst, interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, to the APA’s membership, and to relevant divisions and other groups. Specifically, the Committee will pursue the following goals: (a) identify and disseminate information concerning the psychological status of children, youth, and families for psychologists, other professionals, policy makers, and the public; (b) offer consultation to relevant APA boards and committees that are responsible for the educational standards for psychologists who conduct research and provide services for children, youth, and families; (c) encourage psychological research on the factors that promote or inhibit the development of individual and family competence; (d) contribute to the formulation and support of policies that facilitate the optimal development of children and youth within families; (e) designate priorities for APA involvement in the issues affecting children, youth, and families, including issues related to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

The Committee shall consist of six members who are elected for staggered terms of three years. It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-7. Committee on Aging

150-7.1 There shall be a Committee on Aging that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of APA to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare by ensuring that older adults, especially the growing numbers of older women and minorities, receive the attention of the Association. Specifically, the Committee will pursue the following goals:

Science: Provide strong and visible advocacy for a scientific agenda on aging to policy makers and private and public funding agencies.

Practice: Promote the practice of psychology by advocating policies that enhance the availability and reimbursement of health and mental health services to older adults and their families.

Policy: Contribute to the formulation and support of public policies and associated regulations that promote optimal development of older adults, facilitate psychological practice with older persons, and expand scientific understanding of adult development and aging.

Education: Promote inclusion of knowledge about adult development and aging in all levels of education, including continuing education, training programs, and professional development of psychologists.

Public Interest: Promote the application of psychological knowledge to the well-being of older people, with special attention to the influences of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and family in science, practice and policy relating to older adults.

Public Affairs: Develop and disseminate information concerning the scientific findings and practice issues about older adults to psychologists, other professionals, policymakers, and the public.

APA: Serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial/territorial psychological associations, and directorates; also ensure that older members of APA receive the appropriate attention of the association.

The Committee shall consist of six members, to be appointed for staggered terms of 3 years. All of the above areas of expertise should be represented on the Committee. The Committee on Aging shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

150-8. Committee on Socioeconomic Status

150-8.1 There shall be a Committee on Socioeconomic Status that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA – “to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare”—by ensuring that issues of Socioeconomic Status (SES) receive the full attention of the Association. The Committee will identify and act as a catalyst in the Association’s efforts to address issues of SES, and promote appropriate attention to Socioeconomic Status in psychological research and practice. In this regard, the Committee shall: (a) collect information and documentation concerning SES; (b) promote scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and Socioeconomic Status in health, education, and human welfare; (c) develop approaches to the application of psychology that take into account the effects of Socioeconomic Status on psychological development and well being; and (d) advocate for social policy that will alleviate or reduce the disparities between SES groups.

The Committee shall consist of six members to be appointed for staggered terms of three years. Three of the six committee members will be representatives from the Education, Science and Practice constituencies of APA. The Committee shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.