Learn how to nominate yourself or a colleague for a position in APA leadership.

Why serve?

Serving on an APA board or committee gives you an opportunity to be directly involved in shaping the future of psychology. You will have a voice in changes that affect psychological science, practice, research, education and knowledge.


Have a Voice

Advocate for issues that will shape the future of psychology.


Give Back

Use your knowledge and experience to help advance psychology in ways that improve lives.


Make a difference

Influence how psychology affects change in society by being an APA leader.


Where do I begin?


Learn more about what boards and committees do.

If you're new to APA's governance, there are many ways you can get involved. Start familiarizing yourself with the goals, process and structure. Boards and committees represent an area of expertise or specific constituencies. The groups are charged with policy development and also propose ideas and solutions specific to their missions. Read more about APA governance.

Find opportunities that fit your areas of expertise and interest.

You can start getting involved locally – volunteer with your state, provincial, or territorial psychological association (SPTA) and build your knowledge of issues facing the field. Look over the list of boards and committees and talk with others who are involved in APA governance to see where your leadership and experience would serve you and others best. Serve as a liaison to get experience with the board or committee you'd like to eventually serve on and take a stand by commenting on issues of special concern to you.

Carefully review the requirements for open positions.

Most calls for nominations include very specific areas of specialty or ethnic and diversity variables needed to maintain the committee's overall makeup. Having a few different committees in mind can help you find a position that is a good fit for the committees needs and your interests.

Ask for assistance.

Build relationships with representatives and discuss your desire to get involved. If you can identify mentors and colleagues who are involved in governance, they are in a great position to write a highly relevant nomination letter on your behalf. Also, some divisions have a member assigned to assist with nominations to APA – you can ask if your division or state association writes letter of support for nominees or if they would be willing to write one for you.
Do you have questions about serving on a board or committee or the nominations and election process? Contact us.

Current Open Calls

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Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) seeks nominations for five new members to begin three-year terms, with a nomination deadline of Aug. 8, 2018. The committee develops policy and program recommendations for the Association's continuing education (CE) program, working collaboratively with the Office of CE Sponsor Approval and the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology.
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Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) is seeking nominees for CABE with a nomination deadline of Aug. 31, 2018. Please note that BEA encourages participation by early career psychologists and members of underrepresented groups, and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations also are encouraged.
Committee on Children, Youth and Families

Committee on Children, Youth and Families

The Committee on Children, Youth and Families (CYF) welcomes nominations from individuals interested in issues promoting the health and human welfare of children, youth and families. The committee is interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well-being and optimal development of children, youth and families. Nomination materials must be received by Aug. 31, 2018.
Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) is seeking nominations for new members, with a deadline of Aug. 31, 2018. For this term, CDIP is seeking nominees with lived experience of disability culture, knowledge of the principles and implementation of Universal Design, commitment to disability inclusion within psychology and among various sectors of society, knowledge of human rights and law, and/or firsthand experience in APA governance.
Committee on Psychology and AIDS

Committee on Psychology and AIDS

Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is seeking nominations for two new members with a nomination deadline of Sept. 1, 2018. The mission of the Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is to guide the development and implementation of APA's organizational response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs

The APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms of service, with a nomination deadline of Sept. 7, 2018. The committee functions as a catalyst for action on ethnic minority issues and concerns by interacting with and making recommendations to the various components of the APA's governing structure, APA membership and other groups.
Fellows Committee

Fellows Committee

The APA Fellows Committee seeks nominations for two new members, with a nomination deadline of Sept. 10, 2018. The Fellows Committee is charged with the review of nominations for APA Fellows and will report their recommendations on each nomination to the Board of Directors through the Membership Board. The Fellows Committee highly encourages fellows in science, academia and ethnic minorities to apply.
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Committee on Socioeconomic Status

The Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) is pleased to invite nominations for service on the committee, with a deadline of Sept. 14, 2018. The mission of CSES is to further the major purpose of APA “to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare” by ensuring that issues of socioeconomic status (SES) receive the full attention of the association.
Committee on Legal Issues

Committee on Legal Issues

The APA Committee on Legal Issues is seeking nominations for three new members whose term will begin on Jan. 1, 2019, and end on Dec. 31, 2021, with an application deadline of Sept. 28, 2018. COLI is an ad hoc Committee that makes recommendations, prepares and issues reports, and takes other action in order to educate APA and psychologists about psycho-legal issues, in order to promote the field of psychology as it interfaces with the law, and in order to implement APA's policies.
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