Division Spotlight

Project Syllabus seeks to enhance the teaching of psychology worldwide

Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) and Div. 52 (International) are encouraging psychologists from around the world to submit their course syllabi to Div. 2's Project Syllabus, a peer-reviewed database of 163 sample psychology course syllabi that instructors can reference to enhance their teaching. Courses are in 35 categories, including abnormal psychology and human sexuality. The divisions plan to reach out to their international members at conferences and through social media. For more information, contact Susan Nolan.

Join Div. 18's conference call series

The Veterans Affairs section of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) invites members to join its "Quarterly Conversations" conference-call series, which features speakers on such topics as maintaining your identity in an interdisciplinary setting and the VA's roll-out of evidence-based practices. The next call will be held in February. To sign up, email Tim Carmody, PhD.

Div. 29 to celebrate 50th anniversary of Psychotherapy

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) journal Psychotherapy, editor Mark Hilsenroth, PhD, is publishing a special issue in March titled "Psychotherapy Outcome: A Return to the Beginning" that will include a reprint of the journal's first article, written by noted psychotherapist Hans Strupp on assessing outcome in psychotherapy. The special issue will include commentary by several of today's most prominent authors in psycotherapy process and outcome research, who will address the progress on these issues and suggest how the field can move forward.

Follow Div. 31's health-care blog

Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) invites all APA members to read its Health Care Reform Task Force blog, which features advocacy news, information on health exchanges and state-by-state approaches to including psychological services as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The blog also includes tips on advocating on behalf of psychology and updates on Illinois's efforts to gain prescription authority for psychologists. Follow the blog.

Div. 37 launches new journal

"Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice" debuts in MarchDiv. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) will debut its new journal, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, in March. Electronic access to the journal is free for all Div. 37 members. The journal will feature content related to social policy and services for children, adolescents and their families, with a particular emphasis on articles from a psychosocial perspective. The division welcomes submissions in a variety of formats, including literature and conceptual review papers; analyses of policy trends; evaluations of programs, policies and systems; case examples of public and private policy issues; and advocacy needs, successes and failures. For more information, visit Div. 37's website.

Div. 38 seeks early career members

Div. 38 (Health) is expanding its efforts to engage early career psychologists as part of its 2013 theme "Foundations to Future." The division will be producing and posting podcasts on topics that are important to new psychologists. For more information, visit Div. 38's website

Check out Div. 40's student group

Div. 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) encourages all neuropsychology students to join its student arm, the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training. The association has added new training resources and networking opportunities for students, redesigned its website and added a Facebook page. Students looking to network can sign up for ANST's 800-member listserv, which includes both trainees and seasoned neuropsychologists who field career questions. Join ANST.

Div. 41 program aims to diversify psychology and law

Div. 41 Access Path to Psychology and Law Experience (APPLE) programThe Div. 41 (American Psychology–Law Society—AP-LS) Minority Affairs Committee encourages psychology faculty to recruit undergraduate students for the Div. 41 Access Path to Psychology and Law Experience (APPLE) program. The program aims to increase the number of graduate students in psychology and law programs from underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and physically disabled students. With financial support from Div. 41, students in APPLE work on research with a faculty mentor, participate in GRE classes or other development opportunities, and present their research at the AP-LS conference or APA's Annual Convention. For more information, contact Diane Sivasubramaniam, PhD.

Div. 46 leaders speak at Virginia conference

Four presidents of Div. 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology) attended the general membership meeting of the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychology held in October during the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association in Wintergreen, Va. Div. 46 President Phyllis Koch-Sheras, PhD, and past president Peter Sheras, PhD, gave a joint keynote speech about their approach to marriage and professional service and development. Div. 46 past presidents Alan Entin, PhD, and Lou Perrott, PhD, also attended the meeting.

Koch-Sheras and Entin also spoke about their experiences with ethical issues in the media at a session organized by APA's Practice Directorate. The session covered tools and tecniques for communicating with the public through the media.