Board of Professional Affairs

Board of Professional Affairs

The Board of Professional Affairs is responsible for recommending and implementing APA policy, standards and guidelines for the profession of psychology, maintaining relationships with other professional organizations and groups appropriate to its mission, recognizing contributions to the profession of psychology through awards and honors, proposing to the association ways to enhance the profession of psychology and fostering the application of psychological knowledge to promote public welfare. Members of the Board of Professional Affairs are elected to represent the range of interests characteristic of the profession of psychology.

Call for Public Comment

Staff Liaison

Mary G. Hardiman, MS (email)

Members

  • 2015 Chair: Patricia Arredondo, EdD (2013-15)

  • Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD (2014-16)

  • Timothy A. Cavell, PhD (2015-17) 

  • Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP (2013-15)

  • Robert T. Kinscherff, PhD, JD (2015-17)

  • Vickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH (2013-15)

  • Linda A. Reddy, PhD (2014-16)

  • Jared L. Skillings, PhD, ABPP (2015-17)

  • Antonette M. Zeiss, PhD (2014-16)

Committees Reporting to the Board

Mission

The Board of Professional Affairs shall consist of no fewer than nine members of the association, who shall serve for terms of three years each, except when filling a vacancy on the board. The Board of Professional Affairs shall be responsible for developing recommendations for and monitoring the implementation of APA policy, standards and guidelines for the profession of psychology, maintaining relationships with other professional organizations and groups appropriate to its mission, recognizing contributions to the profession of psychology through awards and honors, proposing to the association ways to enhance the profession of psychology and fostering the application of psychological knowledge in order to promote public welfare. Insofar as possible, members of the Board of Professional Affairs shall be elected to represent the range of interests characteristic of the profession of psychology.

The promotion of human welfare is the primary principle guiding the professional activity of psychologists. Consistent with this principle, the Board of Professional Affairs adheres to the APA guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice and organizational change for psychologists. Board of Professional Affairs members are committed to enhancing awareness and understanding of cultural diversity at all levels. The Board of Professional Affairs is committed to incorporating these guidelines into its deliberations and decision making, written materials, board composition, policies and procedures. Within APA, the Board of Professional Affairs supports culturally informed organizational (policy) development and change. The Board of Professional Affairs intends that these actions will impact the broader professional practice arena.

Meeting Dates

  • Fall 2015 Meeting
    Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

Reports

Guidelines and Other Statements

  • Guidelines for Practitioners
    APA has approved a variety of practice guidelines and related criteria as APA policy in such areas as multicultural practice, child custody evaluations and treatment of gay, lesbian and bisexual clients. These guidelines are intended to educate practitioners and provide recommendations about professional conduct. As such, they are useful tools for psychologists in practice to develop and maintain competencies and/or learn about new practice areas.
  • Serving a Diverse Public
    The Board of Professional Affairs and Board of Education Affairs have collaborated on educative statements and tools to guide psychologists on competent care and serving a diverse public in accordance with existing association policy and the APA Ethics Code (2010).