Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) two decades of change 1973-1993 (PDF, 504KB)
Publication of this CWP anniversary report was made possible by the generous contributions of time, memories, and photographs by current and former members and friends of the Committee.
If sex enters into the psychotherapy relationship (1989) — Not available
A reprint of an article originally published by the CWP to help patients understand the impact of sex with their psychotherapist and provide information on resources available should such a relationship occur.
Older Psychologists Survey
The CWP proposed a new initiative to focus on older women within the profession of psychology and within society. This grew out of the committee’s concern that the U.S. population is aging and that the majority of older people are women.
Task Force Reports
Making "Welfare to Work" Really Work (1998)
This is a report of the Division 35 Task Force on Women, Poverty and Public Assistance providing information on key areas of welfare reform that should be addressed, sympathetically interpreted or amended in the legislation current at that time in order to ensure the long-term goal of self-sufficiency for women on public assistance.
Mental Health and Abortion
The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion reached its conclusions after evaluating all of the empirical studies published in English in peer-reviewed journals since 1989 that compared the mental health of women who had an induced abortion to comparison groups of women, or that examined factors that predict mental health among women who have had an elective abortion in the United States. The task force, formed in 2006, was charged with collecting, examining and summarizing the scientific research addressing mental health factors associated with abortion, including the psychological responses following abortion.
Report of the Task Force on the Changing Gender Composition of Psychology (1995) — Not available
This report describes a study that assessed the significance and implications of the increase in the number of women entering the discipline of psychology over two decades.
Research Agenda for Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health (1996)
This report outlines research priorities pertaining to specific diseases and health practices that significantly affect women.
Sexualization of Girls
Journalists, child advocacy organizations, parents and psychologists have argued that the sexualization of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls. The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls was formed in response to these expressions of public concern.
Summit on Women and Depression: Proceedings and Recommendations (2002)
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, make recommendations on how these findings can be reflected in health policy and incorporated into practice, and generate a targeted research agenda on women and depression.
Women in Academe: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (2000)
This publication considers the characteristics, roles and status of women psychologists working in academic settings and documents the continued need for improvement in women's standing in academic institutions.
Women in the American Psychological Association (2006) (PDF, 496KB)
This report examines the number of women in APA, their distribution across the subfields of psychology and their representation in the APA.
Women Psychologists in Academe: Mixed Progress, Unwarranted Complacency (2001) — Not available
This American Psychologist article summarizes and updates the report of the Task Force on the Status of Women in Academe (APA Task Force on Women in Academe, 2000), a group established by the APA Council of Representatives "to delineate and evaluate issues associated with recruitment, retention, and progress of women psychologists throughout their careers in academe."
Responses to Workplace Violence Post-9/11: What Can Organizations Do?
Actions employers can undertake to help minimize and ameliorate the psychological impact of terrorism violence.
Resolutions and Brochures
Intimate Partner Violence: Facts & Resources
This brochure highlights the psychological consequences of intimate partner violence, the forms of psychological aggression, how to screen/recognize signs of violence, as well as safety planning information.
52 Resolutions and Motions Regarding the Status of Women in Psychology: Chronicling 30 Years of Passion and Progress (2004) (PDF, 296KB)
This document outlines actions of APA's Council of Representatives over the past 30 years in response to the issues raised in the historic 52 demands relating to resolutions that dealt with employment, education, child and healthcare facilities, psychological theories and practice, conventions, equity in decision making and the general status of women.
Postpartum Depression Brochure
An extensive overview of postpartum depression including: symptoms, risk factors, frequency and what can be done to help.