Division Email Lists

APA does not endorse or pass along outside requests for research participation to any APA email list. Divisions may post requests for research participants to their email list. If you need more information about a division email list, it is recommended that you contact the email list administrator of that division.

Please note the following statements regarding the limits of division and other email lists as research samples.

APA disclaimer regarding limits of division email lists as research samples.

  • Email lists (division and other APA discussion lists) make no claim to be exhaustive collections of members who may fit into one or more specific category (e.g., clinical psychologists, practitioners, educators and so on). In fact some 45 percent of APA members do not belong to any one division. By using a division as the “universe” for one's respondents, researchers are excluding a large number of eligible participants and hence may be introducing bias into their research.

  • Many members belong to more than one division, and if the research is being sent to more than one division, the researcher faces the challenge of defining response rate given duplication.

  • APA members and others who are not APA members belong to divisions and topical email lists for a number of reasons, some of these may not reflect the fact that the member works in the area covered by the division or list in any more than a tangential sense — raising questions about the suitability of the sample to the research.