Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association (APA)

A broad-based scientific and professional organization for psychology is the American Psychological Association, which has 54 "divisions" that are interest groups organized by members. Some divisions represent subdisciplines of psychology (e.g., social, developmental, clinical) while others focus on topical areas (e.g., aging, ethnic-minorities, trauma). Each division has its own officers, web site, publications, convention activities and membership qualifications (most divisions have a few members who are not members of the parent APA). 

It publishes (or is affiliated with) 68 top-level journals as well as a variety of books, more than 220 of which are Print-on-Demand. Particularly notable is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition is July 2009), which details manuscript requirements of the APA and many other psychology journals.

APA was founded in July 1892 at Clark University by a group of 26 although it claims 31 charter members. Today it has approximately 154,000 members, the largest worldwide.

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

A broad-based professional organization for the advancement of scientifically oriented psychology is the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society). 

It publishes five journals:

  • Psychological Science … research articles, short reports, research reports spanning the entire spectrum of the science of psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science … reviews by leading experts;  written to be accessible to non-experts
  • Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI) … comprehensive reviews of issues that are of direct relevance to the general public
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science … broad integrative reviews, overviews of research programs, meta-analyses, theoretical statements
  • Clinical Psychological Science … advances in clinical science across a wide range of conceptual views, approaches, and topics

APS was founded in 1988 by a group of scientifically oriented psychologists who were concerned about the increasing focus on clinical practice of APA.  It seeks to promote, protect, and advance the interests in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.  APS has approximately 23,000 members.

 Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)

The Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) is a regional affiliate of APA founded in 1955.  Originally comprised of psychologists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Puerto Rico, in 1999 the organization recognized that its membership had become more broadly national.

It was the first regional psychological association to establish a committee to enhance the role of women in the organization;  now the Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity (CEPO), its charge has been expanded to include psychologists in underrepresented groups.

CEPO enables undergraduates to present their research at the SEPA annual meeting.  The poster session for undergraduates is sponsored in cooperation with Psi Chi.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

The Society for Neuroscience's (SfN) aim is to advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system by bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds.

The web site includes the excellent overview What is Neuroscience?  as well as classic papers, autobiographical chapters and video interviews of eminent neuroscientists, and other historical material.

SfN endorses the responsible use of animals in biological and biomedical research;  it considers animal models –within humane guidelines– to be vital and irreplaceable for scientific progress.  It joins the worldwide International Brain Research Organization in its statement.

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