APA has created a continuing Committee on Early Career Psychologists to better support those making the transition from student to psychologist.
The new group will help design APA benefits that assist new members with the challenges of establishing themselves in practice, research or teaching, says Rhea Farberman, executive director of APA's Public and Member Communications Office, which will house the new group. Given the particular financial pressures on early-career psychologists-among them repaying loans and securing research grants-the group also seeks to assist them with financial management and marketplace navigation, APA officials note.
APA has already made a move to attract and retain the newest crop of psychologists: The association recently installed a revised dues schedule-effective for new members in 2006-that doubles to eight years the time new members enjoy reduced dues.
As a continuing group, the committee's six newly elected early-career members-Guerda Nicolas, PhD, Miguel E. Gallardo, PsyD, Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, PhD, Felicia D. Smith, PhD, Brandon G. Briery, PhD, and Christopher W. Loftis, PhD-have APA funding to meet regularly and develop long-term plans with the oversight of APA's Board of Directors, notes Mitch Prinstein, PhD, outgoing chair of the group's earlier, temporary inception, the Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists, and an associate psychology professor at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.
Learn more about the new committee and early-career issues at APA Early Career.
—B. MURRAY LAW