Get Your Voice Heard

Learn how to play your part or get elected to APA governance.

How Do 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 can build your reputation:

  • Start locally. Volunteer with your state, provincial or territorial psychological association or join an APA division to build your name recognition and knowledge of issues facing the field.

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

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

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

How Do I Get Appointed to a Board or Committee?

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.

  • Review who appoints or elects the board or committee you'd like to join.

  • View the calls for nominations and nominate yourself.

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

Standing Boards and Committees

APA's standing boards and committees were established in the APA Bylaws.

Boards and Committees

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. President may appoint members for one- to four-year terms.

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; APA treasurer and CEO are ex officio members.
Membership Board Council
(November)
At least two members must be APA fellows.
Finance Committee Council
(November)
Nominees must be members of council in the first or second year of their term, or former or outgoing members of the Finance Committee. 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

APA's continuing committees were established in the Association Rules.

Continuing Committee

Appointed by
(Date)

Elected by
(Date)

Special Considerations or Requirements

Reporting to 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.
Reporting to 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 Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity BAPPI
(November)
   
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.
Reporting to 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.
Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education BEA
(November)
   
Committee on Education and Training Awards (ETA) BEA
(November)
   
Reporting to 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
Reporting to 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)
   
Reporting to 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.
Reporting to 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.
Reporting to 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.