Divisions of the American Psychological Association

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The American Psychological Association offers 54 active divisions, based upon popular areas of expertise within psychology.[1] These divisions are:

  1. Society for General Psychology. This was the first division formed by the APA, in 1945, and it is concerned with issues across the subdisciplines of psychology.[2]
  2. Society for the Teaching of Psychology. This division provides free teaching material for students and teachers of psychology and bestows many awards.[3]
  3. Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science
  4. Currently vacant. Initially the Psychometric Society, which decided against becoming an APA division[4]
  5. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (previously named Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics)[5]
  6. Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology
  7. Developmental Psychology
  8. Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  9. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  10. Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts
  11. Currently vacant. Initially Abnormal Psychology and Psychotherapy, joined division 12 in 1946[4]
  12. Society of Clinical Psychology. This division was established in 1948 with 482 members. In 1962 it created clinical child psychology as its first section.[6]
  13. Society of Consulting Psychology
  14. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  15. Educational Psychology
  16. School Psychology. This division was originally formed as the Division of School Psychologists in 1945 and renamed in 1969.[7]
  17. Society of Counseling Psychology
  18. Psychologists in Public Service
  19. Society for Military Psychology
  20. Adult Development and Aging
  21. Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology
  22. Rehabilitation Psychology
  23. Society for Consumer Psychology
  24. Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
  25. Behavior Analysis
  26. Society for the History of Psychology
  27. Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology
  28. Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse
  29. Psychotherapy
  30. Society of Psychological Hypnosis
  31. State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs
  32. Society for Humanistic Psychology
  33. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  34. Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology
  35. Society for the Psychology of Women
  36. Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
  37. Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
  38. Health Psychology
  39. Psychoanalysis
  40. Clinical Neuropsychology
  41. American Psychology-Law Society
  42. Psychologists in Independent Practice
  43. Society for Family Psychology
  44. Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
  45. Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
  46. Media Psychology
  47. Exercise and Sport Psychology
  48. Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division
  49. Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
  50. Society of Addiction Psychology
  51. Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity
  52. International Psychology
  53. Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  54. Society of Pediatric Psychology
  55. American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy
  56. Trauma Psychology. This division addresses issues of trauma with projects, working groups and via collaborations.[8]


  1. ^ "Divisions of APA". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Social psychology network". Social Psychology Network. September 10, 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kendra Cherry. "Division 2 - teaching of psychology". About.com (New York Times group). Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b APA Division 16 School Psychology- President's Message, Worrell, F. C. (2007). "Beyond Division16, Inside APA". The School Psychologist. 61 (1): 1–28. 
  5. ^ "Society for Quantitative and Qualitative Methods". Society for Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Donald K. Routh (1994-02-28). Clinical psychology since 1917: Science, practice and organization. New York, NY: Springer. pp. 40–42. ISBN 978-0306444524. 
  7. ^ T. Steuart Watson, Christopher H. Skinner, ed. (2004). "American Psychological Association—Division 16 (School Psychology)". Encyclopedia of School Psychology. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-0306484803. 
  8. ^ "ISTSS: Global connections: International collaborators and affiliates". International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Retrieved July 31, 2012.