A publication of APA's Office of Public and Member Communications
December 16, 2014 |Vol. 3, No. 12
- Looking back on a year of significant achievements for psychology
APA’s work in 2014 continued to strengthen psychology’s essential role in addressing issues of national importance as well as ongoing scientific research and education.
Securing psychology’s important role in national issues
- Raising awareness of the value of psychological research with members of Congress
Psychologists advocate for science with senators and representatives in their home states and districts.
- Responding to a community in crisis with what psychology has to offer
APA’s comprehensive response to the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, highlighted how psychology can help address the complex issues involved in such an incident.
- Educating and training psychology and legal experts on children, youth and family violence
A continuing education conference co-sponsored by APA and the American Bar Association addressed violence prevention and intervention.
Educating and training the next generation of psychologists
- Addressing the internship match crisis
New rounds of internship funding and increased advocacy made good strides toward addressing the imbalance.
- Updating new educational and psychological testing standards
“Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing” are the definitive resource for addressing professional and technical issues in test development and use.
- Guiding processes for evaluating teacher preparation programs
An APA task force report ensured that teacher education programs are effective and grounded in psychological science.
- Supporting student and early career scientific innovators
Significant funds from the American Psychological Foundation and American Psychological Association of Graduate Students advanced a range of research projects.
- Paving the way for high-quality graduate student training
APAGS worked to revise accreditation standards and draft a graduate student “bill of rights.”
Ensuring psychology’s role in health and wellness
- Securing Medicare payment increases for psychologists
APA Practice Organization (APAPO) efforts resulted in an 8 percent increase in funds allocated for Medicare psychological services.
- Promoting well-being and raising awareness of psychology’s value in the workplace
Surveys, videos and other resources from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence helped to increase public awareness of psychology’s role in promoting employee well-being and organizational performance.
Increasing awareness of and accessibility to psychology’s solutions
- Highlighting psychology’s contribution and benefit to everyday life
Videos, fact sheets, surveys and other tools highlight psychologists' role in promoting healthy lifestyles and behavioral change.
- Using new communication tools and technologies to keep psychology at the forefront of pressing issues
APA harnessed its website and other forms of digital and social media to raise public awareness and showcase the value of psychology.
- Providing psychological research and resources to the discipline and the public
APA’s Office of Publications and Databases released several high-profile books, began publishing multiple new journals and expanded access to its databases to ensure availability of important psychological information.
Strengthening the discipline of psychology
- Celebrating four decades of APA fellows on Capitol Hill
APA's Congressional Fellowship Program celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2014 APA Annual Convention.
- Fostering learning and providing opportunities for psychologists through international cooperation
APA’s participation in international outreach programs and initiatives created opportunities for psychologists worldwide to exchange information.
- Including diverse perspectives in the competent and ethical practice of psychology
Ongoing partnerships influence how psychologists understand APA’s ethics code and how they think about ethics.