Programs & Projects

Disabilities

Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness for Women with Disabilities
A two-day national conference on October 17-18, 2011 which highlighted special issues concerning women with disabilities, including health disparities, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, heath conditions, reproductive health, psychological health, abuse, access to care and services, and health equity.

Academe

Women and Depression

  • Postpartum Depression Brochure
    It's common for women to experience the "baby blues" -- feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired, or weepy -- following their baby's birth. Whether your symptoms are mild or sever, recovery is possible with proper treatment.

  • Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet
    Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance, occurring at a time of major life change and increased responsibilities in the care of a newborn infant. PPD can have significant consequences for both the new mother and family.

  • Briefing Sheet on Women and Depression
    Information on risk factors for depression in women and what is needed to better understand and treat women with depression.

  • Summit on Women and Depression: Proceedings and Recommendations (PDF, 420 KB)
    This report outlines the proceedings and recommendations resulting from the 2000 Summit, which brought together more than 35 internationally renowned experts from a variety of disciplines to provide a state-of-the-art review of research findings on women and depression. (2000)

  • Published Manuscripts from the Summit on Women and Depression
    Manuscripts written by Summit participants specifically for the Summit on Women and Depression and published in various journals across disciplines.

Women in Psychology

  • Report of the Task Force on the Changing Gender Composition of Psychology
    This report assesses the significance and implications of the increase in the number of women entering the discipline of psychology. (1995). For more information, contact the Women's Programs Office.

  • Women in the American Psychological Association (PDF, 23.7 MB)
    This report provides data on the numbers of women participating as members and serving in leadership roles in psychology, including in divisions; in state associations; on the boards and committees that make up APA's governance structure; in the publications process as editors, associate editors, and reviewers; and in APA's central office. (2006).

Poverty

  • Briefing Paper: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Among Women on Welfare
    This briefing paper provides a summary of recent research on the powerful and negative impact of mental health problems, such as depression, and on the high prevalence of mental health problems among poor women.

  • Making 'Welfare to Work' Really Work
    This report looks at the real causes of poverty among women and what the scientific research tells us about issues such as domestic violence, education and training, the structure of work and workplace benefits, child care, and physical and mental health care. (1998).

Violence

Mental Health and Abortion

Report of the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion
This report reviews the scientific research addressing mental health factors associated with abortion, including the psychological responses following abortion. (2008).

Sexualization of Girls

Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology: Year Two commenced in earnest on August 4, 2009 with a day-long workshop held in Toronto, Canada just prior to the APA Convention. The goal of this leadership program is to prepare, support, and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life and increase the diversity, number, and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. 

One of the primary priorities of the Institute is to ensure that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.