Directorates and Programs
APA's 500-plus staff support the association's mission and strategic plan through activities that include: tracking trends in the field of psychology; creating content to educate the public about mental health, behavior and psychology's scientific basis; publishing peer-reviewed journals, books and other products, PsycINFO® and other databases; identifying and advocating for key federal policies and legislation; staffing APA's many boards and committees; and striving to provide members with excellent customer service and benefits.
The Executive Office is responsible for the implementation of APA policies and the management of the day-to-day functions of the association as well as several key programs:
APA Office of General Counsel
The Education Directorate seeks to advance education and training in psychology, and the application of psychology to education and training, through institutions, programs and initiatives.
The Practice Directorate promotes the practice of psychology and the availability and accessibility of psychological services, providing resources and services to practicing psychologists in all settings and to the public.
Public Interest Directorate
The Public Interest Directorate applies psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, training and public policy.
The Science Directorate communicates, facilitates, promotes and represents psychological science and scientists in academic and scientific arenas.
Governance Affairs provides managerial support services to APA’s Council of Representatives, Board of Directors, president, committees and boards, and professional divisions.
APA Publications and Databases
APA Publications and Databases produces an array of books, scholarly journals, videos and databases that cover the spectrum of psychology.
Public and Member Communications
The Public and Member Communications Directorate is responsible for APA's outreach to its members and affiliates and to the general public.
IT Services manages APA’s technology infrastructure and provides core business systems development as well as custom business applications development.