2015 Call for Applications to the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

8th Annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

Oct. 27-29, 2015, and March 30-31, 2016, Washington, D.C.

Applications are due March 16, 2015.

The American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) announces its eighth annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, through Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, and Wednesday, March 30 through Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Washington, D.C. This year we are accepting approximately 20 mid-career women psychologists who work full time in academic or academic medical settings, and approximately 20 mid-career women psychologists who work primarily in clinical or consulting settings. Mid-career women psychologists in leadership roles in integrated primary care settings in academic health centers, public, community or private sectors are encouraged to apply as well.

This is a competitive process and modesty is not helpful in this regard. The applications for each group (a. academic/academic medical and b. clinical/consulting) are different. Please complete one application only, for the group with which you most clearly identify and for which you meet the eligibility criteria discussed below.

The overall mission of the APA LIWP is to empower, prepare and support women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional, organizational and practice settings as well as APA and State, Provincial and Territorial Associations (SPTA) governance, and increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. The program's mission supports APA's goal to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.

The objectives of the APA CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
  1. Ensure that mid-career women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/senior management positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance.
  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding leadership positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance.
  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in academic, practice and other leadership positions as well as APA and SPTA governance.
  4. Create networks of women psychologists in leadership/senior management positions in varied professional settings including APA and SPTA governance.
  5. Document the career movement, professional advancement as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants.
Who should apply?

Mid-career (10-20 years post-doctoral degree*) women psychologists with demonstrated leadership experience, strengths and goals who are APA members in good standing and 

  • holding either full-time, paid faculty appointments at the associate professor or clinical associate professor level or above in academic or academic medicine settings.**

Or

  • working 20 or more hours per week in clinical or consulting settings. If you are in a clinical setting, you must be a licensed psychologist to apply to the LIWP.

Women of color, lesbian and bisexual women, transgender women and women with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

*If you are more than 20 years post-doctoral degree but view yourself as mid-career, you may apply but must provide careful justification for your application as a mid-career psychologist.

**If you are in an academic setting that does not have traditional faculty ranks and promotion processes, you may apply if you can provide an articulate justification for being at a career development state that is comparable to that of associate professor or associate clinical professor, or greater.

Program components

The core curriculum includes highly interactive, skills-focused workshops with experts in the field:

  • Leadership models.
  • Managing work-life balance.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Fiscal, program and personnel issues.
  • Mentoring networks, including gender and diversity issues.
  • Mid-career management, goal setting and planning.

Previous institutes and Web seminars during the year have also addressed:

  • Sustaining and funding a research program.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Dealing with difficult people.
  • Ethics from the leadership perspective.

Applications and supporting materials (CV/resume and one letter of recommendation) are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16, 2015. Please make sure you complete either the application for mid-career women in academic and academic medical settings or the application for mid-career women in clinical and consulting settings. Note that the applications have different questions, requirements and guidance for letters of recommendations.

If selected, the fee for participation in both the fall and spring programs is $600, which helps to defray costs of the program (faculty are entirely volunteer). Application to the program indicates you are making a commitment to participate fully, including completing surveys on an annual basis regarding career advancement and leadership training needs. Participants are also invited to Web seminars on leadership issues throughout the year and have access to a mailing list for LIWP participants, faculty and staff.

Applications will be accessible in January 2015.

If selected, the fee for participation in both the fall and spring programs is $600, which helps to defray costs of the program (faculty are entirely volunteer). Application to the program indicates you are making a commitment to participate fully, including completing surveys on an annual basis regarding career advancement and leadership training needs. Participants are also invited to Web seminars on leadership issues throughout the year and have access to a mailing list for LIWP participants, faculty and staff. 

Selections will be announced by Friday, May 31, 2015.

For additional information, please visit our FAQ page to review frequently asked questions or contact the APA Women's Programs Office:

  • Via surface mail at American Psychological Association, 750 First St., NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242.
  • Via phone at (202) 336-6044.
  • Via email.
Funding

The American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology 2014-15 funders include the APA Women's Programs Office, the Society for the Psychology of Women, and the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology.