"Aging" at APA

APA entities with a focus on aging.
  • The Office on Aging works to promote aging issues within APA, among its members, other professionals, policy makers and the public. The Office strives to bring psychological knowledge to bear on issues that affect the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Deborah DiGilio, MPH, is its director; Martha Randolph is the administrative coordinator.

  • The Committee on Aging (CONA) is a six-member committee of psychologists with substantive professional expertise in geropsychology who are selected to serve three-year terms. 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. Current members are: Jennifer Moye, PhD, (chair), Lisa Brown, PhD, Brian Carpenter, PhD, Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD, Karen Roberto, PhD, and Glenn Smith, PhD, (chair-elect).

  • The Public Interest Government Relations Office works on aging policy issues at the federal level. Roberta Downing, PhD, is the senior legislative and federal affairs officer in the APA Public Interest Government Relations Office with responsibility for aging issues. 

  • APA Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) is concerned with the study of psychological development and change throughout the adult years. Their website includes resources for educators and students, information about graduate programs for students interested in pursuing this field, publications, conference information and links to other sites.

  • APA Div. 12-Section II (Society of Clinical Geropsychology) is devoted to research, training and the provision of psychological services for older adults. Their website includes information on training opportunities for students and professionals including clinical psychology internships, postdoctoral fellowship opportunities and continuing education offerings, and research funding and job information.