A History of APA-SIP Relations

APA has a longstanding history of close and cordial relations with the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP). It is important to stress the collaborative and welcoming relationship between the two organizations and the value for APA and U.S. psychologists in having this regional organization whose members are colleagues spread throughout the Americas. The APA president hosts a reception at each SIP meeting, and APA encourages mutual exchange between SIP and APA members (and there is of course much overlap in membership). SIP is the regional organization for psychology in the Americas — with membership from Canada to Argentina.

It is an organization that fosters the integration of psychology throughout the Americas — for example its journal, the Interamerican Journal of Psychology, is published in three languages (Spanish, English and Portugese).

In addition to a reception and booth at the Interamerican congresses, APA sponsored travel award programs to and programming at the Interamerican congresses. Over the years, CIRP has sponsored convention sessions focused specifically on SIP and psychology in the Americas. APA’s presidents and CEOs are always invited to attend and speak at the Interamerican congresses; in 1992, the SIP president was invited to participate in APA’s 100th anniversary festivities.