American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science

Two of the most influential professional psychological associations are the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS; formerly the American Psychological Society).

American Psychological Association

Description of APA

The American Psychological Association was founded in 1892 as a scientific and professional membership organization for the field of psychology in the United States. APA’s founding came at a time in U.S. history when specialized academic disciplines were emerging and defining themselves. At the same time, there was a progressive political movement calling for a more efficient society. APA reorganized during World War II, resulting in a new divisional structure and a broadened scope to include professional practice and attention toward improving human welfare.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APA currently comprises 54 divisions, covering the spectrum of ...

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