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American Psychological Association

  • By: Steven W. Lee
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

The American Psychological Association (APA), founded in 1892, is a national organization whose primary goal is advancing the science and profession of psychology. The APA has more than 145,000 fellows, members, associates, and affiliates. Fellows and members must hold a doctoral degree in psychology. Affiliate members include Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and students. APA has members in every state and more than 8,500 members and affiliates in other countries.

APA is a nonprofit organization that is supported by members' dues, sales of publications, investments, and real estate. With nearly 500 central office employees in Washington, DC, and an annual budget exceeding $60 million, APA seeks to serve professional psychologists and the public through outreach, education, and the dissemination of professional psychological information.

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