Get Your Voice Heard

How can I get involved?

Appointments and elected positions within APA governance are very competitive. Each year, approximately 1,500 members are nominated for about 70 positions. If you are new to APA governance, you may want to build your reputation by:

  • Starting locally. Build your name recognition as well as your knowledge of the issues facing the field by volunteering with your state, provincial or territorial psychological association or getting involved in an APA division.

  • Serving as a liaison to the board or committee you’d like to eventually serve on. Ask your division to appoint you.

  • Commenting on issues of special concern to you. Email the relevant governance members working in your areas of interest.

  • Contacting your council representative. Share your thoughts on issues and discuss your desire to get involved in governance.  

  • Learning about the hot issues in your field. Task forces and working groups often coalesce around current events as well as issues facing the profession at large.

  • Supporting a candidate for the Board of Directors, Council of Representatives or APA President. Help get the word out about his or her campaign. 

How do I get appointed to an APA board or committee?

  • Review who appoints or elects the board or committee you’re most interested in. (See below chart.)

  • View the current calls for nominations and nominate yourself.

  • If applicable, contact members of the Council of Representatives to highlight your qualifications and willingness to serve.

  • The balloting period is 30 days and begins on the last working day in October. Results are announced early in December. Terms begin January 1 and normally run for three years.

Standing Boards and Committees

Standing Boards and Committees
(Established in Bylaws)
Elected by
(Date)
Special Considerations or Requirements
Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI)

Council
(November)

 
Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) Council
(November)

Four-year terms instead of usual three years. President may appoint members for one-four years.

Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Council
(November)
One slate proposed by boards representing Science, Practice, and Public Interest.
Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) Council
(November)
Members elected to represent a wide range of interests to the professional practice of psychology.
Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) Council
(November)
 
Policy and Planning Board (P&P) Council
(November)
One of its members shall be a Council member serving in his/her first or second term on Council.
Publications and Communications Board (P&C) Council
(November)
Six-year terms instead of the usual three; APA Treasurer and CEO are ex officio members.
Membership Board Council
(November)
At least two members must be Fellows of the Association.
Finance Committee Council
(November)
Nominees must be current members of Council in the first or second year of their term or former or outgoing members of the Finance Committee. The APA Treasurer serves as chair.
Ethics Committee Council
(November)
Members elected from diverse geographic areas.
Election Committee   Consists of APA Past President as chair and two most recent presidents not serving on the Board of Directors.

Continuing Committees

Continuing Committee
(Established in Association Rules)
Appointed by
(Date)
Elected by
(Date)
Special Considerations or Requirements
Council
Committee on Structure and Function of Council (CFSC)   Council
(November)
Nominees must be current members of Council in their first or second year of term.
Board of Directors
Committee on Constitutional Issues B/D
(as needed)
  Does not meet except when called to adjudicate questions regarding members' rights.
Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)   Council
(November)
Members must be licensed practitioners who pay the assessment. APA Treasurer is an ex officio member. CAPP may appoint two members with special expertise.1
Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) B/D
(as needed)
  Nominees must be within seven years of receipt of the doctorate at the time of their election.
Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP)   Council
(November)
CEO and designee of USNC/IUPsyS serve ex officio.
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)   APAGS Membership
(June)
Members must be graduate student affiliates; terms begin at annual convention.
Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP)   Council
(November)
Nominees submitted by BSA, BAPPI (slates for one seat each), BEA (three seats), BPA and CAPP (three seats).
Agenda Planning Group Automatic membership as specified in Association Rules  

Members are chairs of major APA boards and committees. Chair is APA President.

Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) B/D appoints
(June)
  Nominee must be officer or board member of a division. Nominations submitted by divisions only.
Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
Committee on Aging (CONA) BAPPI
(November)
   
Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) BAPPI
(November)
   
Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) BAPPI
(November)
   
Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) BAPPI
(November)
  Members must represent ethnic minority communities in psychology.
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) BAPPI
(November)
  CLGBTC must be composed of three men and three women.
Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) BAPPI
(November)
  Three of the six members will be representatives from the Education, Science, and Practice constituencies of the Association.
Committee on Psychology in the Public Interest Awards BAPPI
(November)
  Composed of BAPPI chair, two past chairs, and two others reflecting the diversity of public interest constituencies.
Committee on Socioeconomic Status BAPPI
(November)
  Three of the six members will be representatives from the Education, Science, and Practice constituencies of the Association.
Board of Educational Affairs
Continuing Education Committee (CEC) BEA
(November)
   
Commission on Accreditation (COA) BEA
(November)
  Thirty-two members selected in accord with Policies for Accreditation Governance approved by Council.
Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) BEA
(November)
  Elected by TOPSS membership. All voting members must be high school teacher affiliate members of APA.
Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC) BEA
(November)
  Elected by two-year college teachers who are APA members, associate members, or affiliates. Nominees must be two-year college teacher affiliates or members.
Committee on Education and Training Awards (ETA) BEA
(November)
   
Board of Professional Affairs
Committee on Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS) BPA
(November)
  BPA appoints one of its own members to serve on COPPS.2
Board of Scientific Affairs
Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE) BSA
(November)
   
Committee on Human Research (CHR) BSA
(November)
  One slate developed jointly by BSA and Ethics Committee.
Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) BSA
(November)
  One slate of nominees from BAPPI, BEA, and BPA in rotation.
Committee on Scientific Awards (COSA) BSA
(November)
   
Publications and Communication Board
Council of Editors     Composed of the editors of all journals published by APA. Chief Editorial Advisor is an ex officio member.
Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
Committee on Rural Health (CRH)   Council
(November)
Elects members who seek to improve rural health care through psychology and to make psychologists more aware of rural perspectives.
Membership Board
Fellows Committee Council
(November)
  Members must be Fellows of the Association

1. In addition to its role as an advisory group to the APA Board, CAPP also serves as an advisory group to the APAPO, APA's affiliated C6 entity, under the APAPO Bylaws.
2. Members elected with a primary focus on the development, review, and evaluation of practice guidelines.