Frequently Asked Questions About APA

Who are APA's international members?

APA has around 3,500 international affiliate members. These are psychologists who are members of their own national psychology associations and enjoy APA affiliate member status. Around 3,000 full APA members and student affiliates live outside the U.S. Many of APA's U.S.-based members are also avid internationalists and support research and scholarly collaborations (see Division 52 below).

What is the Office of International Affairs?

APA’s Office of International Affairs, housed in APA’s national headquarters, serves as the focal point for APA's international activities, programs, outreach, and dissemination. Visit the APA International Web site to learn of the office’s activities and read the newsletter Psychology International to keep informed on the latest news. You can also contact the International Office. 

What are APA's international activities?

  • APA is an NGO that is in special consultative status at the United Nations with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also has relations with the Department of Public Information at the U.N. Learn about U.N. activities.

  • APA sponsors two international awards each year: the APA Awards for Distinguished Contributions to International Psychology and the APA Humanitarian Award.
    APA offers awards and grants to international scholars

  • APA's publications reach readers all over the world, and APA journals and books publish international authors.

  • A number of APA's offices engage in international activities concerning disabilities, AIDS, children’s issues, research collaborations, and more.

  • APA regularly attends international congresses. Typical APA presence includes publication and informational booths, and a special social hour or reception hosted by the APA President and CEO.

  • APA hosts international visitors from psychology organizations; organizes book donations to developing countries; and seeks to inform and facilitate international collaboration.

What is the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP)?

CIRP is the advisory arm to APA governance about all things international. It is a committee elected by APA's council of representatives to address international policy and program development in research, teaching, practice and public interest arenas. It reports directly to the APA Board of Directors and oversees APA’s representation at the U.N. Read more about CIRP

Is there a division for international members?

APA’s Division 52 is the international division. Its members are both U.S. psychologists with an interest in international research, scholarship and collaborations, and international psychologists. Find out more about the division.

What international resources does APA offer?

A full listing is available at international resources. APA maintains directories of international organizations worldwide, and of national associations of psychology. APA also has information on its international affiliates and members available to APA members through the downloadable membership directory.

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