Psychology Benefits Society — PI’s new blog has launched

The blog features posts on how applied psychological science benefits society and how Public Interest is working to advance this goal.

APA's Public Interest (PI) Directorate is proud to bring you our newest venture into social media — the Psychology Benefits Society blog. The goal of the blog is to demonstrate the power of psychology to contribute to the greater good.

We all seek answers to the thorny questions of contemporary society. Why is understanding and appreciating diversity critical in 21st century America? What does psychology do to promote social justice and preserve the human rights of every member of our society? How can we improve health for everyone and eradicate health disparities among underserved populations?

Psychologists, members and PI staff are working with passion and dedication every day to address obesity, protect our children from violence, improve the well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, reduce workplace stress, eradicate discrimination, raise awareness of the health concerns of people of color, reduce intimate partner violence and increase access to help for victims of violence, advocate on behalf of psychology and our members on these and a wide array of issues, to name just a very few of challenges we tackle. Working in the arenas of science, practice, health, education, advocacy and public policy, psychologists’ knowledge of the complexities of human behavior are key to finding resolutions.

The Psychology Benefits Society blog features posts on how applied psychological science benefits society. Information is a powerful tool. By providing information consistent with psychology's evidence on human behavior, health and mental health, we hope to contribute to lasting and powerful social progress. The blog highlights roundups of recent research and provides updates on APA's various programs, events and activities that further the public interest. It also features perspectives from public interest psychologists on why they are passionate about the work they do.

Our mission is not complete without you. We want to hear from you. What issues do you want to see covered? What do you think about psychology's role in bettering society? Tweet Dr. Gwen Keita (our executive director) or email us to let us know.