psychological science

Association for Psychological Science

The Association for Psychological Science (APS), previously the American Psychological Society, 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." As a nonprofit organization, it is "dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national level." To this end, it holds annual meetings, publishes several journals, and works with government agencies to promote scientific psychology.


The society has approximately 20,000 members from all over the world. Members must hold doctoral degrees in psychology or medical degrees with psychiatry (or a related field) as a specialty, and have an interest in scientific psychology. Graduate and undergraduate students may enroll as affiliates in the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus. The current president (2008-2009) is Walter Mischel and the President-Elect is Linda Bartoshuk.


The American Psychological Society was founded August 12, 1988, in the hopes of forming an association devoted to scientific psychology, as opposed to professional psychology, which dominates the American Psychological Association. The APS grew quickly, surpassing 5,000 members in its first six months. In 2005, proposals were put forth to change the name of the society from the American Psychological Society to the Association for Psychological Science. Voting on-line was conducted in October, 2005. Members overwhelmingly voted to adopt the new name because it better represents the mission of APS and highlights the global reach of the organization. The name change took effect on January 1, 2006.

Past Presidents


The first APS Convention was held in Alexandria, Virginia on June 10-12, 1989. The convention is held annually--now over Memorial Day weekend. The most recent, the 20th Annual Convention was held May 22-25, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois. The next convention is set to take place in San Francisco, CA May 22-25, 2008. A list of past and future conventions is available at the APS web site

Publications and Journals

The APS publishes the Observer, a monthly magazine covering issues and research that concern the members of the society. The flagship journal of the organization is Psychological Science, which is considered one of the most influential publications in the field. APS also publishes three other journals: Current Directions in Psychological Science, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and its newest addition, Perspectives on Psychological Science. An additional online only journal was begun in 2008 for and by undergraduate student affiliates, "Undergraduate Update".


The APSSC is the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus. The APS Student Caucus is a representative body of the student affiliates of the Association for Psychological Science. The APSSC was initiated in 1989 (a year after the Society was founded) by a group of students at the 2nd annual APS convention. All student affiliates of APS automatically become a member of the APSSC. The current president (2008-2009) is Kelli Vaughn-Blount of York University.

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