Society's Grand Challenges: Insights from Psychological Science

The Science Directorate has put together three booklets: Prolonging Vitality, Global Climate Change and Health Disparities. These booklets are part of a 2008 initiative pursued by APA President Alan E. Kazdin, the goal of which was to identify and offer insights and solutions to a number of the grand challenges facing our society. Each booklet describes how psychological science is already contributing and will continue to play a large role in addressing each of these challenges.

These booklets are free to use. Click on the links below to access pdf versions online. See below for contact information if you would like to order printed copies.

gc-agingProlonging Vitality 
Americans are living longer each year. People aged 85 and over are currently the fastest growing age group. Learn how psychologists are researching ways to improve the quality of life for this large portion of the population.  

gc-climateGlobal Climate Change (PDF, 1 MB)
Human behavior is recognized as a main contributor to today's climate crisis, and yet, it is one of the least understood components of this complex problem. Learn how psychologists are studying ways to address global climate change. 

gc-healthHealth Disparities (PDF, 1.3 MB)
The healthiest Americans live longer, fitter lives than anyone in the world, while the least healthy live only a little longer than people in some of the poorest countries. Learn how psychologists are finding ways to bridge this deep divide in health quality. 




If you could make use of printed copies of the booklets, they can be requested from the Science Directorate.

Likewise, any questions about this project can be e-mailed to the Science Directorate.