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Science Directorate Opens New Office for Applied Psychological Science

The Office for Applied Psychological Science will provide a home for scientists who work in the many applied areas of psychology. The goal is to develop and implement initiatives that encourage and support applied research in both academic and non-academic settings.

By Stephanie R. Johnson

A new office has been created within the science directorate. The Office for Applied Psychological Science will provide a home for scientists who work in the many applied areas of psychology. The goal is to develop and implement initiatives that encourage and support applied research in both academic and non-academic settings. The Office will also help to bridge the gap between basic research and psychological practice.

The community of researchers who work in applied areas is growing rapidly. These areas of research - including I/O, human factors, law, health, education, and others - represent aspects of psychological science that are most readily appreciated by lawmakers and the general public. Developing support for applied psychological science is one emphasis of the Science Directorate's initiative on Psychological Science for the 21st Century (Psy21), and is an integral component of our strategy for advancing our collective goals for science.

The new Office will work closely with the Board of Scientific Affairs and with APA divisions that encompass applied psychological science. Over the next year, look for new initiatives that address the needs of researchers who work in non-academic settings, and that expose students to career opportunities in applied psychological science.

As we begin to map out this domain for APA, and prioritize programs and initiatives, we welcome your input and suggestions. As Director of the new Office for Applied Psychological Science, my goal is to provide a "safe haven" within the APA Central Office for research psychologists working in applied areas. Please feel free to email me.