Chapter V: Divisions and State, Provincial and Territorial Associations


Use of division expertise

Council moved that, insofar as possible, appropriate Divisions be consulted by Central Office staff and APA Boards and Committees with respect to legislation relevant to their interests.


Division journals

Council received the following policy statement from the Publications and Communications Board with respect to division journals.

  • The Publications and Communications (P&C) Board acknowledges the value in the diversity of journals sponsored by APA divisions and encourages divisions to these publications activities.

  • The APA Bylaws charge the P&C Board with the supervision of the managing and editing of division journals. The Board believes it can best meet this responsibility as follows:

1. The Board delegates the management and editing of a division journal in full to the relevant division, and vests responsibility for the journal in the executive committee of this division;

2. The divisions, through their executive committees, shall maintain and manage their journals in the manner comparable to the way in which APA maintains and manages its primary journals;

3. In order to foster communication, the executive committee of any division that publishes a journal should incorporate in the annual report of the division a statement on editorial operations comparable to the statements prepared by APA journal editors for the P&C Board. An information copy of this report is requested by the P&C Board.

  • Divisions that wish to create new journals must obtain formal approval from the Council of Representatives through the P&C Board. Information necessary to enable the Board to recommend approval may be supplied by the division on a form obtainable from APA. Any questions from the Board will be addressed promptly to the relevant officer of the division. Because the intent of the P&C Board is to foster scientific communication, the Board will normally recommend to the Council of Representative that the new journal be authorized.
  • According to the APA Bylaws, a division is a constituent part of APA. Therefore, any publishing arrangement for a journal by a division which involves a contract for joint publishing or joint ownership of a journal with a non-APA publisher requires review and recommendations for approval by the PC Board prior to signing a contract.
  • The P&C Board reaffirms the importance of editorial freedom of division journal editors.
  • Because any division journal or newsletter published with the approval of the Council of Representatives is an official APA publication, all division journals are required by the Council to participate in the APA liability insurance program.
  • Division editors are encouraged to seek advice from APA Central Office and the P&C Board on matters of mutual concern, for example, printers and printing costs, postal regulations, advertising, accounting systems, copyright, and permission practices.


Disbursement of dues and assessments to divisions

Central Office will disburse divisional dues and assessments to divisions managing their own funds by January 15 of the year following collection of those funds. Every month thereafter, Central Office will disburse additional funds collected.


Principles for the validation and use of personnel selection procedures, 4th edition

Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, 4th Edition


Philosophy for creating new divisions (originally approved in 1959)

The policy of the Council with respect to the admission of new divisions shall be a positive one concerned with the spirit and intent of APA to give full recognition to diversity and to growth in the field of psychology. The Council shall not be overly restrained by considerations of orderliness, by fears of centralization, or by the problems created by a sheer increase in size. Council shall naturally satisfy itself that divisional status is warranted under the criteria established in the Bylaws. But, beyond the letter of these rules, Council shall establish that a proposed division represents a new, vigorous, and demonstrably viable interest; that it has achieved recognition in the literature of psychology and in institutional form within departments of psychology, industry, and government; and that it numbers among its members both established psychologists and early career psychologists whose professional interest areas are not represented by the current divisions. When such new interests emerge, Council should be prepared to grant divisional status promptly.

Psychologists should be encouraged to join at least one division of their choice (originally approved in 1961)

The Association should make it as easy as possible to apply for membership. This might take the form of a blank included with the annual statement of dues which would be filled out by the applicant, returned to the Central Office with the dues, sorted by Central Office personnel, and forwarded to appropriate division secretaries. The Central Office will utilize new and emerging technologies to facilitate membership applications for divisions.