About the Office on AIDS

The American Psychological Association's Office on AIDS provides information, training and technical assistance on a wide range of HIV/AIDS-related topics associated with coping, mental health services, prevention, technology transfer, community collaboration, public policy and ethics.

Federally Funded Programs

The HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program
Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this program utilizes a train-the trainer model to educate mental health providers about working with people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The program develops and pilot tests HIV/AIDS training curricula and then recruits and trains trainers to use curricula to educate mental health providers across the country. A comprehensive, internet-based training program has been developed to expand the HOPE Program's training capability.

Ongoing Activities

Supporting the APA Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS

The Office on AIDS provides administrative support and staff support for the seven-members APA Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA), which reports directly to the APA Board of Directors. In August 1990, the APA Board of Directors and Council of Representatives approved funding for COPA for three years. COPA was charged with the following responsibilities:

  1. Provide policy direction and oversight for current APA activities related to AIDS.

  2. Advise APA staff and establish liaisons with governance groups regarding AIDS issues.

  3. Formulate new APA initiatives to meet the continually changing challenges posed by the epidemic.

APA/BET HIV Prevention Partnership

In 2011, the APA Office on AIDS and the Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS explored possibilities for collaboration with Black Entertainment Television (BET) Rap It Up Campaign. The BET Rap-It-Up Campaign is a comprehensive and sustained media campaign to inform African-Americans about HIV/AIDS. 

In 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was executed between APA and BET. The goals of APA/BET HIV Prevention Partnership are to develop and implement two evidence-based materials/products focused on sexual health, dating/sexual relationships and HIV/AIDS. A Youth Advisory Board has been established to engage youth and provide feedback to the project.

Providing Guidance on HIV/AIDS Advocacy Issues

The APA Office on AIDS collaborates with the APA Government Relations Offices in advocating for the development and implementation of national policies that support behavioral and social science HIV/AIDS research and science-based mental health service delivery and education. Briefing sheets and background information related to emerging HIV/AIDS policy issues and developed and distributed to APA members, members of Congress and federal agency officials.

Requests for Information

Office on AIDS staff respond to inquiries from APA members, other behavioral and social science researchers and practitioners, community-based organizations, federal agencies and state and local departments of health. Staff routinely provide information, training, technical assistance, and referrals in the areas of HIV/AIDS-related research, mental health services, ethics, education and policy. To request information, email the staff.

Publications

The Office on AIDS produces and disseminates a variety of publications of interest to HIV/AIDS practitioners, researchers and educators.

Newsletter

The Office on AIDS provides updates for the field through its newsletter entitled, The Psychology and AIDS Exchange. The publication provides readers with breaking developments in HIV/AIDS practice, research, education and policy. See select articles and complete issues of the Exchange.

Books

  • Anderson, J. R. & Barret, B. (Eds.) (2001), Ethics in HIV-Related Psychotherapy: Clinical Decision-Making in Complex Cases. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Anderson, J. R., Sparks, C.H., Hamid, G., & Stockett, L. (1999). HIV/AIDS Instructional Guide for Graduate Faculty in Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Anderson, J.R. & Hamid, G. (1999). Directory of Psychology Faculty Involved in HIV/AIDS Education, Research and Service Delivery. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Anderson, Jr. R. & Kemp, C.E. (Eds.), (1996) AIDS Abstracts of the Psychological and Behavioral Literature, Volume III, 1991-1995. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Office of Technology Assessment (1996). The Effectiveness of AIDS Prevention Efforts. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Anderson, J. R., Landry, C.P., & Kerby, J.L. (Eds.) (1991). AIDS Abstracts of the Psychological and Behavioral Literature, 1983-1991. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Office on AIDS Staff