Society for Family Psychology

Division 43: The Society for Family Psychology provides a home for psychologists interested in families in their many forms. Clinical, scientific, educational and public policy perspectives are well represented in the wide range of divisional activities. The society has achieved specialty status in ABPP and has developed the Journal of Family Psychology, currently one of the fastest growing APA scientific journals. The society works with the practice directorate to ensure inclusion of psychologists in health care reimbursement plans. As the only APA division focusing primarily on families, the Society of Family Psychology strives to educate the professional community regarding the many advantages of a broader conceptual focus. Division 43 sponsors an annual midwinter convention. The society's quarterly newsletter is The Family Psychologist.



Erika Lawrence, PhD
View a list of past presidents


Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, PhD



Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice (quarterly, beginning in Spring 2012)
Editor: Mark Stanton, PhD, ABPP, Azusa Pacific University, Calif.


The Family Psychologist (quarterly)
Editor: Heather M. Pederson, PhD, private practice, Columbus, Ohio

Affiliated Websites
Read about Division 43 in the Monitor

Toward better family dialogue
Division 43 aims to strengthen the science-practice bridge within family psychology — and to be a model for other areas within the field.

Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence

Document developed by the Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence Working Group, comprised of members from Divisions 43, 35, 44, 45 and 51, and developed as an interdivisional grant project, funded by the Committee on Divisions/APA Relations (CODAPAR). Designed to promote education about partner abuse and relationship violence. Represents recommendations to faculty members who would like to develop courses or add information focused on partner violence.

Division Meetings

Contact Information

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750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-6013