From the CEO
If you're like most psychologists, you are increasingly relying on your smartphone or tablet for communications, to follow current events, professional development and research. APA is actively responding to this movement by providing some of our most popular publications and services in mobile app formats, allowing members to read our content on whatever electronic device they prefer.
We have heard clearly from members that they want it all: While they enjoy reading their publications in print form, they also want them available electronically so it is easier to share articles and other information with their colleagues and clients and keep key information on hand.
If you haven't already, I encourage you to try out our most popular apps:
APA Journals Pro: The free APA Journals app makes the intimidating task of staying up-to-date with the association's 77 journals a lot easier. Search the database for articles published as far back as 1894, and set up email alerts for your favorite topics. Study abstracts are free to all users, and APA PsycNET subscribers can also access the full articles.
APA Monitor on Psychology: The free Monitor app delivers APA's flagship magazine to your smartphone, iPad or Kindle every month. Read current and past issues and access special content not available in the print magazine, such as videos, slide shows and more. With the app, you can download entire issues for offline reading and search our archive of Monitor articles. In addition, the app is an invaluable tool for those who want to immediately access the Monitor's employment ads.
gradPSYCH: Especially for psychology students and their advisors, the gradPSYCH app offers full access to the magazine, including articles on new careers in psychology, research tips and more. Readers can also access our extra digital content — including our popular "Internship Hunters" video diary series, which followed the ups and downs of six graduate students searching for internships this year.
APA Convention app: This free app was a huge success for last year's meeting and will be re-launched this spring for APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4. The APA convention mobile app provides convention attendees with comprehensive information about the meeting so you can engage before, during and even after the meeting ends. The app provides a complete list of sessions and speakers; a customizable convention schedule/personal itinerary; real-time convention alerts via text messaging; social media interaction with live Twitter feeds from anyone using the convention hashtag; and much more.
PsycEssentials: A pocket resource for busy psychotherapists, PsycEssentials offers therapists reliable information on all aspects of psychotherapy, from assessment to termination. Particularly valuable are symptom checklists, standardized screening measures, state-by-state referral resources, and information on psychotropic drugs. Available in print, e-book or app formats for $39.99.
In addition to meeting the needs of our members, APA's apps serve another important goal: Promoting psychology to the public. Since these apps can be downloaded by anyone, a high school student or teacher seeking empirically supported information on psychology can easily find Monitor articles or APA journal abstracts, for example. This is an important public service that is allowing us to share psychological findings with an ever-widening audience.
I hope you give these apps a try — and let us know what you think.