FAQs for the 2015-16 LIWP

Q. Why is the 2015 APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) program targeting mid-career women at the rank of associate or clinical associate professor level or above?

A. The APA LIWP Executive Committee felt it best to start small in establishing the leadership institute as a resource for women psychologists. In recent years, APA and several divisions have established successful programs for early-career psychologists. After much discussion, the LIWP Executive Committee decided they could have the most impact by focusing the initial program on women psychologists who are 10-20 years post-doctorate.

The 2015-16 APA LIWP program includes mid-career women psychologists in academic, academic medicine, clinical and consulting settings. Women in clinical and consulting settings do not need to hold an academic appointment. We continue to seek funding to expand the program so that we can target senior women psychologists in academic/academic medical, clinical, consulting, nonprofit and government settings in future years.

Q. Are assistant professors in academic and academic medical settings eligible to apply?

A. Candidates in academic or academic medical settings at the full-time associate professor or clinical associate professor level or above who meet all requirements are eligible to apply to the APA LIWP. If you feel that your promotion to associate professor is imminent, we would encourage you to apply for a future program year. You must hold the rank of associate or clinical associate professor or above at the time of the March 2015 application deadline (vs. Oct. 27-29, 2015 — the time of the APA LIWP program).

Q. Why must mid-career women in clinical and consulting settings work at least half-time in practice or consultation?

A. The APA LIWP Executive Committee feels that at least part-time practice (i.e., 20 hours of practice per week or more) demonstrates the level of involvement in psychology necessary for leadership roles.

Q. Are international affiliates of APA eligible to apply?

A. Women who are international affiliate members, another membership option for international psychologists, are not eligible to apply for the program at this time. You must be a full member of APA to be considered. Full members must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally-accredited graduate or professional school or a school that achieved such accreditation within five years of the doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States). This degree must be based, in part, upon a psychological dissertation or other evidence of proficiency in psychological scholarship. Degrees from international institutions must show U.S. equivalency.

Q. Are there any scholarships available?

We have no scholarships available at this time, although we are looking in to several funding sources. We are seeking funding to provide support for women who fall into the following categories:

  • Women of color.
  • Women who openly identify as lesbian or bisexual.
  • Women who openly identify as transgender.
  • Women with disabilities.

Please check back regularly for funding updates if you qualify. You can also check APA's scholarships, grants and awards for women.

Q. Are there any Continuing Education (CE) credits available?

A. Yes, Continuing Education credits (CE) will be offered at the 2015-16 APA LIWP. Eighteen CE credits will be offered in collaboration with Women's Mental Health Associates (12 credits for October, 6 credits for March). Women's Mental Health Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Licensed APA LIWP participants who register for CE credits will have an additional fee of $50.00 for the October 2015 and March 2016 program.

Q. How will those selected for the 2015-16 APA LIWP be notified?

A. Participants will receive an email notification and a hard copy letter of selection and a formal letter announcing your selection will be sent to your referee. We are aware that many applicants will hold making their airplane reservations until the selections have been made.

Q. Does this August APA LIWP meeting conflict with the 2015 August Council of Representatives meeting?

A. Yes, the Leadership Institute is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. If you are an APA Council member, please consider applying another year.

Q. Do I have to attend the March 2016 APA LIWP program in Washington?

A. The March 2016 program is an integral part of the APA LIWP, which includes five (5) days of in-person training and a series of professional development Webinars. To gain the most benefit from participation in the 2015-16 APA LIWP, you are expected to attend the March 2016 program.

Q. Why does the APA LIWP cost $600.00?

A. The fee for participation reflects only a portion of costs for the five (5) day APA LIWP program and covers program materials, food for each day, workshop rooms, leadership evaluation materials, among other expenses. All faculty provide their time on a volunteer basis. The registration fee, while not insignificant, is low compared to other national leadership programs.