In what year was the APA founded?
APA was founded in July 1892. The APA was organized in G. Stanley Hall's study at Clark University. There is no precise roll of those in attendance, but 26 men had accepted membership in the new organization and five more were invited at this organizational meeting.
What is APA's governance structure?

Like the federal government, APA's governance is a complex system of checks and balances that help make the system operate fairly and democratically. Because of its complexity, many members are not aware of how the parts of the structure operate together and exercise control over each other. For more information, please see our Governance page.

What is the mission of the APA?
Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. We do this by:
  • Encouraging the development and application of psychology in the broadest manner.
  • Promoting research in psychology, the improvement of research methods and conditions and the application of research findings.
  • Improving the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists by establishing high standards of ethics, conduct, education and achievement.
  • Increasing and disseminating psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.
Where can I find information on APA’s position on particular issues?

Please see our Press Room for press releases and news responses.

Who is president of the APA?

Antonio E. Puente, PhD, is the founder and co-director of the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual mental health clinic for the poor and uninsured. Puente also holds appointments as a visiting professor at the Universidad de Granada, Spain, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Learn more about Antonio E. Puente, PhD.

What is APA's definition of "psychologist"?

APA's policy on the use of the title "psychologist" is contained in the General Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services, which define the term "Professional Psychologist" as follows: "Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology from an organized, sequential program in a regionally accredited university or professional school." APA is not responsible for the specific title or wording of any particular position opening, but it is general pattern to refer to master's-level positions as counselors, specialists, clinicians and so forth (rather than as "psychologists"). In addition, it is general practice to refer to APA accredited programs as "APA-accredited" rather than "APA approved". The position as described must be in conformity with the statute regulating the use of the title psychologist and the practice of psychology in the state in which the job is available.

How does the APA define "psychology"?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists.

How do I get information about regional associations affiliated with APA?

For a listing of affiliated regional psychological associations, see the Regional Organizations page. For a listing of state psychological associations, see the State Associations page.

I understand APA has a green roof and labyrinth on one of its buildings. How do I arrange to visit them?
The green roof with labyrinth at 10 G Street, N.E., is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can get access by asking the guard at the front desk.
Does the APA offer trauma support for after disasters?

Yes, APA offers trauma support through APA's Disaster Response Network.