Committee on Aging (CONA)

The committee shall consist of six members, to be appointed for staggered terms of 3 years. All of the above areas of expertise should be represented on the committee. The Committee on Aging shall report to council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

The goal of CONA is to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting human welfare by ensuring that older adults, especially the growing numbers of older women and minorities, receive the attention of the Association. CONA works toward the optimal development of older adults, expanded scientific understanding of adult development and aging, and the delivery of appropriate psychological services to older persons.

Nominations are accepted annually for two new CONA members each August.

Mission Statement

There shall be a Committee on Aging that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of APA to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health and human welfare by ensuring that older adults, especially the growing numbers of older women and minorities, receive the attention of the association. Specifically, the committee will pursue the following goals:

Science
Provide strong and visible advocacy for a scientific agenda on aging to policymakers and private and public funding agencies.
Practice
Promote the practice of psychology by advocating policies that enhance the availability and reimbursement of health and mental health services to older adults and their families.
Policy

Contribute to the formulation and support of public policies and associated regulations that promote optimal development of older adults, facilitate psychological practice with older persons, and expand scientific understanding of adult development and aging.

Education

Promote inclusion of knowledge about adult development and aging in all levels of education, including continuing education, training programs and professional development of psychologists.

Public Interest

Promote the application of psychological knowledge to the well being of older people, with special attention to the influences of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and family in science, practice and policy relating to older adults.

Public Affairs

Develop and disseminate information concerning the scientific findings and practice issues about older adults to psychologists, other professionals, policymakers and the public.

APA

Serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state associations and directorates; also ensure that older members of APA receive the appropriate attention of the association.

Staff Liaison

Deborah DiGilio (email)

Members

  • 2014 Chair: Jennifer Moye, PhD (2012-14)
    VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Lisa M. Brown, PhD (2014-16)
    University of South Florida
  • Brian D. Carpenter, PhD (2014-16)
    Washington University
  • Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD (2013-15)
    VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Karen A. Roberto, PhD (2012-14)
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Glenn Smith, PhD (2013-15)
    Mayo College of Medicine

Additional Information