Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychological Societies

Scope Note: This alphabetical list was compiled to provide a list of links to prominent professional organizations in the field of psychology and related disciplines.


American Psychological Association
The largest Psychology Association in the United States, the APA, seeks to encourage psychology in all its branches in the broadest and most liberal manner, to promote research in psychology and the improvement of research methods and conditions, to establish and maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and to increase and diffuse psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications
American Psychological Society
This organization promotes, protects and advances the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, and the improvement of human welfare. They publish the journals Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and Psychological Science in the Public Interest. They also have a Student Caucus and a comprehensive list of links.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was established in 1953. The AACAP is a membership based organization, composed of over 6,300 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. AACAP's members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.
American Academy of Psychoanalysis
The American Academy of Psychoanalysis is a national professional organization of medical psychoanalysts. Fellows of the Academy are graduate psychoanalysts. Other membership categories are Scientific Associates, Psychiatric Associates, and Candidate Members.
American Association of Suicidology
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, and education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. The membership of AAS includes mental health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide, and a variety of lay persons who have an interest in suicide prevention. AAS is a not-for-profit organization.
American Medical Association
The web site of the American Medical Association (AMA) whose work includes the development and promotion of standards in medical practice, research, and education; strong advocacy agenda on behalf of patients and physicians; and the commitment to providing accurate, timely information and discourse on matters important to the health of America.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 40,500 U.S. and international physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.
American Psychoanalytic Association
The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association icomprised of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has about 3,000 individual members. The Association is a Regional Association of the International Psychoanalytical Association.
Association for Psychological Type
The Association for Psychological Type promotes knowledge of psychological type and, thereby, growth for individuals and groups within society at large and, in particular, for professionals who use psychological type theory in their professional lives. This site contains numerous links to sites focusing on instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).


Cambridge Center for Behavioral Solutions
The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Solutions is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to bring solutions from behavioral science to real-world challenges. On this site you will find trustworthy, verifiable information about how to manage and change behavior in the home, school, and workplace. is your internationally-recognized resource for quality information about behavior.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Since its founding in 1994, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society has been dedicated to bringing its 2,000 worldwide members the latest research and dialogues, so that thoughtful analysis can take place within both public and professional circles. The Society's members, who are engaged in research that is related to the general areas of perception and cognition, are connected to a vast network of cutting-edge information.


Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences was founded in 1981 to represent the interests of scientists who do research in the behavioral, psychological and cognitive sciences. The Federation focuses its efforts on legislative and regulatory advocacy, education and getting information to scientists. The Federation is a dues-supported coalition comprised of 17 scientific societies and approximately 150 university departments of psychology, schools of education, research centers, regional psychological associations and science divisions of the American Psychological Association.


Human Behavior and Evolution Society
The Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) is an interdisciplinary, international society of researchers from the social and biological sciences who use evolutionary theory to discover human nature (including evolved cognitive, behavioral, emotional and sexual adaptations). The Society was formed in 1988 and promotes the exchange of ideas and research findings using evolutionary theory, including studies of animal behavior, to better understand human nature.


International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) was founded in 1972 and has a membership of over 500 persons in more than 65 countries. The aims of the Association are to facilitate communication among persons interested in cross-cultural psychology and to examine more effectively the universal validity of psychological theories in all branches of psychology and related disciplines.
International Association of Applied Psychology
The International Association of Applied Psychology is the oldest international association of psychologists. Founded in 1920, the Association now has more than 2.000 members from more than 70 countries. The Association's goal is to establish contact between those who, in different countries, devote themselves to scientific work in the various fields of applied psychology, and to advance the study and achievement of means likely to contribute to the scientific and social development in these fields.
International Psychoanalytical Association
The International Psychanalytical Association (IPA) is the world's primary psychoanalytic accrediting and regulatory body, with its beginnings in the roots of psychoanalysis itself. The IPA works in partnership with its Component Organizations to train, support and network psychoanalysts, developing clinical, educational and research programmes suited to each particular locale. Additionally, the IPA organizes conferences and congresses, fosters the creation of new psychoanalytical groups, publishs monographs and newsletters, and functions as a focus for information on all aspects of professional psychoanalytic life.
International Society of Political Psychology
The web site of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) whose purpose is to facilitate communication across disciplinary, geographic and political boundaries among scholars, concerned individuals in government and public posts, the communications media, and elsewhere who have a scientific interest in the relationship between politics and psychological processes. ISPP seeks to advance the quality of scholarship in political psychology and to increase the usefulness of work in political psychology.
International Society on Infant Studies
The International Society on Infant Studies (ISIS) promotes research in applied and basic aspects of infant development. Some of the areas of this research include sensation, perception, cognition, emotion, and language both in normal and abnormal development. Membership in the society is open to the scientific community. Professionals with an advanced degree (beyond the B.A.) and students engaged in the process of obtaining an advanced degree in the area of infant development are eligible for membership.


Jean Piaget Society : Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.
The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge. The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.


National Association of School Psychologists
The web site of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The NASP is the largest association of school psychologists in the world. Over 19,000 members of NASP strive to assure that all children grow up in educationally and psychologically healthy environments by promoting research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning for all individuals. This is accomplished through caring professional service, state of the art research and training, advocacy, and ongoing program evaluation.


Society for Consumer Psychology
The Society for Consumer Psychology represents the interests of behavioral scientists in the fields of psychology, marketing, advertising, communication, consumer behavior, and other related areas. Some members of the Society are mainly interested in generating applied knowledge to solve specific marketing related problems, while others focus on generating basic knowledge to contribute to theoretical and conceptual foundations of consumer psychology. The Society encourages all members to share their knowledge and contribute to the discipline of consumer psychology as a whole through contributions in conferences, journal articles, and book chapters.
Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
The web site of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP) whose goal is to promote human welfare through the various applications of psychology to all types of organizations providing goods and services. Examples of such applications include: selection and placement of employees, organizational development, personnel research, design and optimization of work environments, career development, consumer research and product evaluation, and other areas affecting individual performance in or interaction with organizations.
Society for Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. The Society's goals are to: advance the understanding of the nervous system by bringing together scientists of various backgrounds and by encouraging research in all aspects of neuroscience; promote education in the neurosciences; inform the public about results and implications of new research.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
A web site maintained by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) whose goal is to give its members more immediate access to information of interest to personality and social psychologists, as well as to foster more interaction among personality and social psychologists.
Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology is an organization that encourages the scientific study of the criminal justice system and the application of behavioral science knowledge to problems in criminal justice. The Society focuses on the law enforcement, the judicial, and the corrections elements in criminal justice. Consequently, the Society encourages input from, and membership is open to, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, lawyers, police officers, corrections personnel, and any other professionals having a scientific interest in the criminal justice system.
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) is a renowned international scientific society with worldwide membership. The purpose of the Society is to foster research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior. To promote this purpose, the Society publishes scientific literature and holds annual meetings for presentation and discussion of original theory and research, instrumentation and methodology, and new directions and standards in the field.
Society for Research in Child Development
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with an international membership of approximately 5,000 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals. The purposes of the Society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings. The Society's goals are pursued through a variety of programs with the cooperation and service of our governing council, standing committees, and members.
Society for Research in Adult Development
The Society for Research in Adult Development includes people from all disciplines who are interested in positive adult development. Positive adult development refers to development starting in late adolescence and continuing through life. The focus is on expanded capabilities and changes that improve the quality of life. The Society offers practitioners an opportunity to discover the latest ideas in the field and to explore the application of those ideas to everyday problems and challenges.
Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior
The Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB),f ounded in 1978 by J. A. Nevin and M. L. Commons presents symposia and publishes material which bring a quantitative analysis to bear on the understanding of behavior.
Society of Experimental Social Psychology
The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) is a scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of social psychology. Membership is open to any self-identified social psychologist, regardless of disciplinary affiliation. Prospective members are nominated by current members of SESP, and the nominations are then reviewed by the SESP Membership Committee.


TOPSS: Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
From the American Psychological Association. Includes Standards for the Teaching of High School Psychology, CurriculumResources, Teacher Resources and Services, Student Resources and Services, and more.

Psychology Pathfinders

Humanities and Social Sciences Department: Shields Library
Compiled by Behavioral Sciences Librarian David Michalski
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Updated 8/20/2002