APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Our Work

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.

APA Strategic Plan

APA is positioning our field to play a leading role in addressing the grand challenges of today and the future. In February 2019, APA’s Council of Representatives adopted a new strategic plan that provides a roadmap to guide and prioritize the work of the organization for the next three to five years. The implementation process will be transformative and comprehensive, with the association realigning itself and refocusing its work in concert with the new APA/APA Services, Inc. strategic priorities.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

APA is committed to infusing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into all aspects of the work we do. Our EDI framework is a foundational tool to create substantive, transformative, and sustainable change within APA, across the psychology profession, and throughout broader society. The framework was collaboratively shaped by our volunteer leaders, governance, and staff.

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