Minutes, APA Division 3 Executive Committee
6:30 am, Friday, November 20, 2009
Café Apropos, Boston Sheraton Hotel
Present: Ralph Miller
(President), Nelson Cowan (Past President),
I. Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 6:30
a.m. The Minutes of the August 2009
meeting of the Division 3 Executive Committee in
II. President’s Announcements (Ralph Miller)
Emily Klein, Research
Associate at the
Associate Professor of Psychology at
Recognition of Service
Kristi Multhaup was presented a plaque in Recognition of Six Years of Service as the Newsletter Editor.
Mark Faust was presented a plaque in Recognition of Six Years of Service as the Newsletter Editor and Webmaster.
The President sent letters to 84 Fellows in other Divisions, inviting them to join Division 3. Of the 84 contacted, 28 applied and were accepted. Their names will be forwarded to next year's Fellows Committee.
Secretary-Treasurer's Report (Veronica Dark)
Update on finances: Expenses for the year are $6405. That includes $300 for today's breakfast and $260 to enable the President's recruiting efforts. Only 6 speakers asked for their $100. The expenses are above last year's expenses of $5312 but below income of $7327.
Update on membership: Since the August report, 1 additional member, 1 student affiliate, and the 28 members recruited by the President have been added.
2009 Program Chair's Report (Emily Elliott)
Attendance was higher than expected averaging 35 attendees (range 13-59) for the 9 substantive symposia and addresses. Attendance was especially good for the presentations with a Development or Aging theme. Attendance was not good at the symposia for the New Investigators and New Fellows. Very few people signed up for CE credit.
2010 Program Chair's Report (written report submitted by John Wixted)
Program Chair Report
November 16, 2009
My initial plan for the program was to
showcase young experimental psychologists who are already becoming influential
players in the field, and I started with 3 recent recruits at UCSD (who were to
be the focal points for the 3 separate symposia). All 3 readily agreed, and
they started contacting influential junior and senior colleagues to participate
as well. However, it soon became clear that they agreed because they wanted to
please me, not because they had any interest in speaking at APA (despite the
fact that the convention would be held right here in
This was a disillusioning start for me as
program chair, and it called to mind the surprising information I heard at that
board meeting that I attended in
On top of all this, I was alerted to a recent paper in Psychological Science in the Public Interest and the corresponding editorial in Nature, which said:
Clinical psychology at least has its roots in
experimentation, but it is drifting away from science. Concerns about
cost–benefit issues are growing, especially in the
As best I can tell, by "science" these people mainly mean empirically testing the efficacy of proposed therapeutic interventions. It occurred to me that this view of science must be broadened to at least include basic science with direct relevance to clinical applications. As such, when I went back to the drawing board, I thought it might be worth having a Division 3 program at APA next year that goes out of its way to reach out to clinicians. Most (but not all) of the presentations I am working on will involve basic science with a more-obvious-than-usual connection to issues that interest clinicians.
Ideally, the fact that Division 3 is making an effort to do this would be advertised. Clinicians, who should still be smarting over the negative attention they have received because of their non-scientific attitude, would then face an interesting choice: (1) ignore Division 3 like they always do despite the effort to reach out to them, or (2) come listen to some talks that involve basic science. To me, this is an experiment worth performing. If attendance is noticeably improved, it might indicate that the future of basic science at the APA convention will largely involve basic science with apparent clinical implications. Having said all that, I have no idea if this experiment has been tried before (perhaps it has) or if there is another division that exists for this very purpose (perhaps there is).
Graduate Student Report (Angela AuBuchon)
The graduate student affiliate list has been updated. There are 42 active members. The main problem from a student view is finding ways to contact members during the APA Convention. There are two science related student groups, but it is unclear how they differ. There is a recently formed science subcommittee in APAGS and a Science Student Council, which is affiliated with the Science Directorate. Student affiliates will be informed about both opportunities.
Fellows Committee Report (summary of written report by Lisa Savage)
The names of 4 scientists as recommended by the Fellows Committee and approved by the Executive Committee were sent to APA for approval as Fellows in Division 3. Two of the 4 have not been elected as Fellows in any other Division.
IV. Name Change and other Bylaws changes
Several bylaws changes were approved. The major change is a recommendation to change the name of the Division from Division of Experimental Psychology to Division of Cognition and Behavior. Other procedural changes were recommended to bring the bylaws in line with current practice.
Editors Note – For more information please see separate column detailing the proposed bylaw changes (including the proposed name change).
Members will be notified by mail of the
proposed changes. The changes will be
voted on at the August 2010 business meeting in
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 a.m.
Veronica J. Dark
Secretary-Treasurer, Division 3