From the CEO

The APA is a member-driven organization whose policies are established by the Council of Representatives, which receives input from the Board of Directors and numerous other boards and committees. The CEO and the APA Central Office are responsible for the implementation of those policies and the management of the day-to-day "corporate" functions of the association.

In talking to our members, I've learned that many are unfamiliar with the organizational structure of the Central Office. This column provides a brief summary of the focus of the association's main structural units. This snapshot cannot come close to capturing the richness of the work of these units, so I encourage you to visit the APA Web site to get more details.

Central Programs (Dr. Mike Honaker, deputy CEO and chief operating officer)Included in this work unit are those offices and programs that are areas administered for the benefit of the overall membership of the organization, including APA's Annual Convention and the Ethics Office. These activities are related to all directorates and all major programs but are not integral to any directorate.

Education Directorate (Dr. Cynthia Belar, executive director)The Education Directorate mission is two-fold: to advance the education and training of psychologists and the teaching of psychology and to support the application of psychology to education. Directorate activities include the Education Leadership Conference and ongoing public policy and advocacy work.

Finance & Administration Office (Jack McKay, chief financial officer)This office does the critical work of managing APA's large budget (over $90 million) and our two Washington, D.C., office buildings. It works closely with the APA Finance Committee and the other APA directorates and offices to build the yearly budgets and monitor activity against those budgets.

General Counsel's Office (Nathalie Gilfoyle, general counsel)The APA General Counsel provides legal advice on the wide range of issues facing the association including those involving intellectual property, antitrust concerns and employment and taxes. The office also writes amicus briefs applying psychological research to legal issues.

Governance Affairs (Judy Strassburger, executive director)Governance Affairs is responsible for providing administrative support to the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives; managing the association's elections; providing a range of services to the association's 53 divisions including the Division Leadership Conference; developing and implementing procedures for APA's board and committee activities, including the consolidated meetings; and coordinating the initiatives of the APA president and president-elect.

Practice Directorate (Dr. Russ Newman, executive director)The Practice Directorate is involved in a broad range of activities in support of psychology practitioners and consumers of psychological services. Virtually all of the directorate's efforts reflect the rapidly changing health-care system and are organized primarily around four interrelated initiatives--public education, legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory affairs and marketplace activities.

Public and Member Communications (Rhea K. Farberman, executive director)Public and Member Communications is the office responsible for all facets of the association's communications with members, potential members, customers, the news media and the public. The office consists of five functional areas: membership and publishing services, public affairs, editorial and design services, the Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH, and advertising and exhibit sales.

Public Interest Directorate (Dr. Henry Tomes, executive director)Through numerous programs, the Public Interest Directorate applies the science and practice of psychology to the advancement of health and human welfare. Specific topic areas addressed by directorate programs include violence prevention, AIDS, health disparities, workplace wellness and aging issues.

Publications and Databases (Dr. Gary R. VandenBos, executive director and publisher)This office is responsible for the creation and marketing of APA's portfolio of information products including scholarly journals, books (for both the professional and the lay audience), and a number of databases including PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS and PsycEXTRA.

Science Directorate (Dr. Steven Breckler, executive director)This arm supports the work of the science constituency and advances psychological science through such activities as advocacy for psychological research funding. The directorate also offers psychological scientists training opportunities. Examples include research methods and use of large-scale databases.