Committee on Women in Psychology
There shall be a Committee on Women in Psychology that shall concern itself with furthering the major purpose of the APA — "to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare" — by ensuring that women in all their diversity achieve equality within the psychological community and in the larger society, nationally and globally in order that all human resources be fully actualized. Its mission shall be to function as a catalyst by means of interacting with and making recommendations to the various parts of the APA's governing structure, to the APA's membership, and particularly to the Society for the Psychology of Women, Association for Women in Psychology, and other relevant organizations, including groups whose missions address the status of women.
Specifically, the committee will undertake the
(a) collection of information and documentation concerning the status of women,
(b) development of recommendations relevant to women,
(c) monitoring the implementation of guidelines and recommendations from reports issued by APA that are relevant to women,
(d) development of mechanisms to increase the participation of women in roles and functions both within and outside the profession,
(e) ongoing communications with other agencies and institutions regarding the status of women,and
(f) monitoring current issues relevant to the lives of women in order to inform policy.
The committee shall consist of six members who are elected for staggered terms of three years. It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.
- Shari E. Miles-Cohen, PhD (email)
- Tanya L. Burrwell (email)
2014 chair: Jennifer P. Wisdom, PhD (2014)
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Alette Coble-Temple, PsyD (2015-17)
P. Michelle Contreras, PsyD (2015-17)
Edna M. Esnil, PsyD (2013-15)
Cheryl L. B. Travis, PhD (2014-16)
Earlise C. Ward, PhD (2014-16)
Goal IPromoting the health and well-being of all women, nationally and internationally,
Goal IIIdentifying and eliminating discriminatory and exploitive practices against all women, nationally and internationally,
Goal IIIPromoting the unique contributions of women to psychology,
Goal IVEnhancing women's leadership within and outside of APA,
Goal VMonitoring activities of groups within the APA to assess the impact on women,
Goal VICollaborating with others as needed to achieve the empowerment of underrepresented groups,
Goal VIIPromoting advocacy on public policy relevant to women, nationally and internationally.
2014 CWP Visiting Scholar, Ruth Rassinger, PhD
In December 2013, the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) and the APA Center for Workforce Studies were pleased to announce that Ruth Fassinger, PhD, accepted the position of CWP visiting scholar. Fassinger will work closely with CWP, the APA Center for Workforce Studies and the Women's Programs Office to update the 1995 "APA Report of the Task Force on the Changing Gender Composition of Psychology," and conduct additional related research on gender in the psychology workforce. A final report is expected in December 2014.
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