Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology: Call for Nominations

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on Jan.1, 2016.

CDIP Mission and Initiatives

The committee's mission is to promote the:

  • Psychological well-being of people with disabilities.
  • Development and implementation of psychological service delivery models responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Awareness of disability issues in psychological research, as well as specific research activity in disability areas.
  • Inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training and professional development of psychologists.

CDIP provides leadership within APA to shape policy, research and best practices in the field of psychology and disability. Current initiatives include the identification, implementation and dissemination of culturally-competent and accessible services; health disparities and access to healthcare; advocacy and legislation for the rights of people with disabilities; the needs of children, adolescents and families; and pipeline issues related to education, training and full participation of psychologists with disabilities.

Who Should Apply

CDIP currently is recruiting members with disabilities, particularly those with sensory loss, and/or their allies with specialization in disability issues who are full members of APA. CDIP is committed to promoting alliances with other underrepresented groups in order to continue to increase the presence of disability in psychology, while also recognizing the intersectionality of multiple identities with disability. To that end, the committee seeks applications from psychologists who are members of underrepresented groups, particularly people of color. Experts in the areas of military or veteran populations, policy and planning, developmental disabilities and/or person-environment fit (e.g., universal design and full participation) are encouraged to apply. 


Selected candidates will be required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA, and are encouraged to participate in CDIP-sponsored APA Convention activities at their own expense. Members are expected to participate in email discussions and conference calls and work on committee priorities between meetings.

How to Apply

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CDIP and highlighting specific competencies, interests and potential contributions to the work of CDIP. Nominations and supporting materials should be sent no later than Aug. 28, 2015, to the APA Office of Disability Issues in Psychology at the APA address or via email.