A specific charge of the Office on Socioeconomic Status is to develop and facilitate relationships and activities to advance psychology as a major force in research, policy and advocacy related to SES. One way to fulfill this charge is to collect and distribute SES-related information through the development and maintenance of an online resource guide. OSES has compiled journal articles, relevant websites, upcoming events, fact sheets and other publications that address socioeconomic status, mental and physical health, children, education and related topics. We are open to additions, comments and foresee its growth in the future. 

To report inactive links, suggest a resource and/or for questions/concerns, please email Keyona King-Tsikata.


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SES Indicator

E-newsletter of the Public Interest Office of Socioeconomic Status.
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SES Network and Email List

The SES Network and Email List provides a platform to share information and ideas; raise questions; and identify critical problems and issues related to socioeconomic status with representatives of various divisions, state associations, committee members, APA staff and other groups.

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Focus Areas


APA Reports

  • Report of the Task Force on Urban Psychology (PDF, 675.5KB)
    This report provides an examination of critical urban issues for psychology, summarizes the state of scientific research related to urban issues, and offers an agenda for action in urban psychology.

  • Report of the APA Task Force on Socioeconomic Status (PDF, 517KB)
    This report examines the psychological effects and scope of socioeconomic inequities in the United States and provides a series of recommendations on how APA can help better address these inequities.

Fact Sheets

External Links

  • Rand Corporation – Socioeconomic Status
    RAND research on population and aging analyzes demographic and immigration trends and explores a range of concerns, from family planning to religion to discrimination. RAND also addresses vulnerable populations — such as the elderly and the poor — analyzing retirement and other aspects of financial decision-making, welfare and end-of-life issues.

  • Institute on Social Exclusion – Adler School of Professional Psychology
    “Seeks to analyze the ways in which structural features of society condition human welfare, stimulate public dialogue on the underlying causes of disadvantage and on possible solutions, and engage in practical work that sheds light on and addresses social marginalization" [from website]

  • Pew Charitable Trust – Economic Mobility Project
    Pew's Economic Mobility Project focuses public attention on economic mobility — the ability to move up or down the income ladder within a lifetime, or from one generation to the next. By forging a broad and nonpartisan agreement on the facts, figures and trends in mobility, the project is generating an active policy debate about how best to improve economic opportunity in the United States and to ensure that the American Dream is kept alive for generations that follow.

  • National Poverty Center, University of Michigan – Extreme Poverty in the United States, 1996 to 2011 (PDF, 163KB)

Further Reading