APA issues report on psychology as a STEM discipline

The American Psychological Association has released a report on Psychology as a Core Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Discipline (PDF, 113 KB). The report addresses the reasons why psychological science is inconsistently included within public and private initiatives to enhance STEM research and education and offers recommendations to APA and other groups for achieving consistent inclusion.

The report was prepared by a task force appointed by 2009 APA President James Bray.  Members of the task force members were: John Dovidio (Yale University), chair; Frank Durso (Georgia Tech); David Francis (University of Houston); David Klahr (Carnegie Mellon University); Jennifer Manly (Columbia University); and Valerie Reyna (Cornell University).  The report, completed in June 2010, was formally accepted by the APA Council of Representatives at its August meeting.

More news about the initial reception of the report and how APA is using it in its advocacy activities will appear in a forthcoming issue of PSA.