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The American Psychological Association (APA) is a professional organization representing psychology in the US. It has around 150,000 members and an annual budget of around $70m. The APA mission statement is to "advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education , and human welfare". Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos/-ology = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of mind and behavior. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government  â€¢ President  â€¢ Vice President Federal republic George... Strategic planning is a way to identify and move toward desired future states. ...


The APA was founded in July 1892 at Clark University by a group of 26 men. Its first president was G. Stanley Hall. There are currently 53 professional divisions in the APA. It is affiliated with 58 state and territorial and Canadian provincial associations. 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States, is a private teaching and research institution founded in 1887. ... Granville Stanley Hall (February 1, 1844, Ashfield, Massachusetts - April 24, 1924) was a psychologist and educationalist who pioneered American psychology. ...


Due to the dominance of clinical psychology in APA, several research focussed groups having broken away from APA. These include the Psychonomic Society in 1959 (with a primarily cognitive orientation), and the American Psychological Society in 1988 (with a broad focus on research in psychology). Clinical psychology is the application of psychology within a clinical (health) setting. ... The Psychonomic Society is the primary society for general scientific experimental psychology in the United States. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Psychological Society (APS) is a society for scientific psychology, whose mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


APA is perhaps best known as for APA style, and is occasionally confused with the American Psychiatric Association The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition APA style is a widely accepted format for writing research papers, particularly for social science manuscripts and theses. ... The American Psychiatric Association is a professional organization of psychiatrists whose members are American and international physicians who are trained in psychiatry. ...


See also

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition APA style is a widely accepted format for writing research papers, particularly for social science manuscripts and theses. ... The American Psychiatric Association is a professional organization of psychiatrists whose members are American and international physicians who are trained in psychiatry. ... The American Psychological Society (APS) is a society for scientific psychology, whose mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare. ... The Psychonomic Society is the primary society for general scientific experimental psychology in the United States. ...

External links

  • Website of the APA
  • Professional divisions of the APA

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American Psychological Association Papers (Library of Congress) (3877 words)
Associated with the organization are divisions, committees, and affiliated organizations which help define the interests of the association.
Presently the APA has forty-two divisions, ranging from "general psychology" and "psychologists in private practice," to "counseling," "teaching of psychology," "personality," and "family." Committees guide projects and handle issues ranging from ethical standards to insurance and financial questions.
Also significant are testing and training issues; permeating the APA records as a whole is a gamut of health concerns, from licensing questions and insurance matters to community health centers and the relationship between psychology and psychiatry.
Classics in the History of Psychology -- S. W. Fernberger (1943) The American Psychological (6367 words)
Starting with a membership of 31 in 1892, the Association had grown so that, at the half-way mark, Cattell reviewed the history of the first twenty-five years in 1916 to a membership of 375, while this present address is to a total present membership of 3231.
After the establishment of the grade of associate the curve rises markedly and surprisingly regularly (with the exception of the reversion for the California meeting in 1939) and reached the all-time high of 190 papers at the Pennsylvania State College meeting the next year.
In addition the Association has eight affiliated organizations which, in the order of their date of affiliation, are the Eastern Psychological Association, the Rocky Mountain Branch, the Washington-Baltimore Branch, the Psychometric Society, the Society for the Study of Social Issues, the American Association for Applied Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the Western Psychological Association.
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