Association Rules — 190. Interorganizational Linkages

190-1. Affiliation, Representation, and Liaison of APA with Outside Organizations

190-1.1 General principles. There shall be three categories of interorganizational linkages involving the APA: affiliations, representations, and liaisons. All interorganizational linkages shall be guided by the following principles.

  1. Interorganizational linkages shall be consistent with other portions of the APA Bylaws and Association Rules as to relevance and appropriateness to the objectives of the APA. Absence of an annual report will be given significant negative weight during deliberations on the continuation of a particular interorganizational linkage.

  2. Interorganizational linkages should promise to contribute demonstrably to the APA's goals and purposes, and the Association should not form an interorganizational linkage with an organization whose purposes are not congruent with those of APA.

  3. All applicable policies and procedures regarding the use of the name of the APA and the presentation of public statements on behalf of the Association shall be observed in all aspects of interorganizational linkages.

  4. Proposals to establish any interorganizational linkage must speak to each element of Association Rule 190-1.1 and must also include information on (a) membership dues and fees; (b) projected annual expenses; (c) constituency of psychology whose needs will be met; (d) evaluation of the outside group in terms of other outside groups with related interests and objectives (whether or not the APA has linkages with them); (e) the expected role for the APA, if any, in shaping the policy of the group.

  5. Annual reports on interorganizational linkages shall address factors cited in paragraph (4) above plus an evaluation of the impact and cost-effectiveness of the organizational linkages. Absence of an annual report will be given serious negative consideration as to the continuation of a particular organizational linkage. Each report shall include a statement recommending whether the linkage should (a) continue unchanged, (b) continue with specific modifications or (c) be terminated. The report should set forth the reasons for the recommendation.

  6. At least every three years, a subcommittee of the Board of Directors, with the chief staff officer as an ex officio member, shall review all interorganizational linkages and proceed to (a) change, terminate, continue liaisons and representatives, as desired, and inform Council through the Board of Directors of the actions taken and (b) recommend any changes or terminations in affiliations for consideration by Council.

  7. Council shall be informed whenever representation or liaison linkages are formed.

190-1.2 Affiliation. Council may act on affiliation or termination progress at any time, according to the following guidelines:

  1. Affiliation shall promise benefits that may not be achieved with representations or liaisons (see following sections). The APA should consider cautiously any affiliation suggested.

  2. Affiliation shall generally be reserved for those situations in which there is some constitutional or other specific provision in the structure of the organization for the APA's affiliation. This requirement excludes organizations limited to individual or uncertain classes of membership, and instances such as conferences, advisory groups, observers, honorific occasions and the like, which are served better by representation.

  3. Those representatives to affiliated organizations who are required to report directly to the Board of Directors and Council shall be nominated by the Board of Directors. Council will elect the number of representatives required to maintain affiliation.

  4. Those representatives to affiliated organizations who are not required to report directly to the Board of Directors and Council shall be appointed by the Board of Directors from nominations submitted by the board or committee through which the representative reports. Representatives to affiliated organizations shall report annually to the respective board or committee, and the responsible board or committee shall receive such reports, recommend necessary action to Council, and suggest nominations to the Board of Directors. The organizations with which APA boards and committees maintain affiliations are listed in Association Rule 190-1.5.

  5. A person shall not ordinarily serve more than five years continuously as such a representative, except that the five representatives to the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science, in the interest of continuity of representation, shall be eligible for reappointment to a second four-year term at the discretion of the President of the National Academy of Sciences following nomination by the APA Board of Directors. The terms of these five representatives will be staggered.

  6. Whenever affiliation with an agency fully meets the requirements of Association Rule 190-1.1, paragraphs (1) through (4) and Association Rule 190-1.2, paragraphs (1) through (4) above, except for the fact that the agency has been created for a limited term of years, Council may vote to approve such an affiliation on an ad hoc basis and shall designate the board or committees through which such representatives shall report. The continuation of such ad hoc affiliative representation shall be recommended each year, together with the name of a person or persons suitable for the post, by the relevant board or committee and shall be approved by the Board of Directors. The organizations with which APA boards or committees maintain ad hoc affiliation are included in Association Rule 190-1.5.

190-1.3 Representation. Representation shall be appropriate in organizations limited to individual conferences, advisory groups, observers, honorific occasions and the like which the APA President and chief staff officer shall propose as they see fit. Representations shall be voted upon by the Board of Directors at a regular meeting; interim appointments may be made by the APA President in consultation with the chief staff officer. Representation activity shall be reported annually to the Board of Directors. The APA should be eager for representations with any related organization.

190-1.4 Liaison. A liaison shall consist of informal, continual participation by governance or staff members to outside groups with an interest in a specified, relevant operating area. The APA liaison representative shall monitor activities, participate in occasional meetings, and provide informal consultation. Liaisons are to be approved by the APA President and chief staff officer, who shall annually provide a report and list of the related organizations to the Board of Directors. The APA should be eager for liaisons with any related organization.

190-1.5 The APA shall maintain affiliation as voted by Council with the following organizations, and the representatives shall report through the boards or continuing committees that report through the Board of Directors under which each is listed:

Board of Directors

  • U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science

  • Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology

  • Council of Scientific Society Presidents

  • American Council of Learned Societies

Publications and Communications Board

  • National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services

Board of Educational Affairs

  • Council on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation (CORPA)

Board of Professional Affairs

  • Accreditation Council for Services for Mentally Retarded and Other Developmentally Disabled Persons (The Accreditation Council)

  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Board of Scientific Affairs

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Social Science Research Council

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence

  • International Test Commission

  • National Association for Biomedical Research

  • American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care

Committee on International Relations in Psychology

  • World Federation for Mental Health

  • U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science (USNC/IUPSYS)

Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

  • Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Behavioral Healthcare Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (JCAH-O-BHC PTAC)

190-2. Affiliation of Other Organizations with APA

190-2.1 In implementing Article XIV of the APA Bylaws, it is the intent of Council that the only two organizations currently eligible for such affiliation are Psi Chi and Psi Beta, and they are now affiliated.