Committee on Children, Youth and Families: Call for Nominations
CYF Call for Nominations (2013-2015)
CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in linking research and policy for children and families within APA and the profession. The committee is particularly interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well being and optimal development of children, youth and families; and in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting health and human welfare. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth and families in the context of their socioemotional and cognitive development and mental health. Candidates who have particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply.
What Members Do
Members are expected to participate in a targeted project directly related to CYF’s work and mission and to APA as a whole. The project is to be completed during their three-year term on the committee. Some examples of topics previously addressed include immigrant children, youth and families; school drop-out prevention; psychological implications of disasters; early mental health interventions; violence against children in the family and community; child maltreatment; the mental health needs of all children and adolescents; systems of care; bullying and violence in the media; homeless youth and families; spirituality and resilience; and promotion of healthy active lifestyles and prevention of obesity in children and youth. Areas of interest to the committee at present include education, mental health and health disparities; suicide prevention; cultural diversity; and social media. Potential candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website to learn more about CYF’s mission and prior initiatives.
The committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the committee's membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend two committee meetings a year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in conference calls. The successful candidate is expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member's own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and committee business between meetings.
How to Apply
The application period for the Committee on Children, Youth and Families is now closed.