Committee on Children, Youth, and Families: Call for Nominations

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2009.

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2009. CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in linking research and policy for children and families within APA and the profession. The Committee is particularly interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth, and families; and in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting health and human welfare. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in addressing research and policy relevant to contemporary issues facing children, youth, and families in the context of their socioemotional and cognitive development and mental health. Candidates who have particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, and those with disabilities) and who have expertise in topics relevant to these populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Members are expected to collaborate on a targeted project directly related to CYF's work and mission and to APA's mission as a whole. Such targeted projects may include development of public policy statements, convention program submissions, public education materials, or participation in federal advocacy efforts. The Committee is actively engaged in carrying out the Committee's mission statement in the following areas:

  • identify and disseminate information concerning the psychological status of children, youth, and families for psychologists, other professionals, policy makers, and the public;

  • offer consultation to relevant APA boards and committees that are responsible for the educational standards for psychologists who conduct research and provide services for children, youth, and families;

  • encourage psychological research on the factors that promote or inhibit the development of individual and family competence;

  • contribute to the formulation and support of policies that facilitate the optimal development of children and youth within families;

  • designate priorities for APA involvement in the issues affecting children, youth, and families, including issues related to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

  • Potential candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website ( to learn more about CYF's mission and prior initiatives.

The Committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the Committee's membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, socioeconomic status, and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the Committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend two Committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in conference calls. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and Committee business between meetings.

Each candidate is asked to submit:

(1) a letter indicating his/her willingness to serve;

(2) a brief statement describing the applicants expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families that they would bring to the Committee; and

(3) a current curriculum vita.

(4) at least one but not more than three letters of support for their nomination

Nomination material including a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve, issues statement, a current CV, and letter(s) of support must be received by Monday, August 25, 2008. Nomination material received after August 25 will be held for consideration the following year. Material may be sent to CYF Nominations, c/o Richard Babumba, Administrative Coordinator, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, by email or fax (202) 336-6040.