Frequently Asked Questions About the Association for Psychological Science

What is APS's mission?
APS seeks to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.
When was APS founded?
APS was founded on August 12, 1988 by a group of scientifically oriented psychologists interested in advancing scientific psychology and its representation as a science at the national level.
How many members does APS have?
APS has over 20,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators.
What member category is right for me?
Member ($183)

APS membership applicants must possess a doctoral degree in psychology (or related field) from an accredited institution or be able to show evidence of sustained contributions to scientific psychology.

Lifetime Member ($5,000)

Applicants who qualify as Members may elect to pay a one-time dues fee for lifetime membership in APS.

Retired ($103)

Members who are retired or over 65 may join/renew as Retired members.

Retired - No Journals ($36)

Retired members paying this reduced rate will not receive print copies of APS journals. Retired-no journals members still will receive Observer and have online access to APS journals.

Postdoc ($103)

Members who have earned their PhD and are currently engaged in postdoctoral research are eligible for this reduced rate membership.

First-Year PhD ($103)

This early-career discount is for members who are joining or renewing within one year of earning their PhD. This discount category may only be used for one membership year.

Member - Spouse Rate ($89)

This membership option is open to those who would otherwise be enrolled as a Member, but have a spouse who is also a current dues-paying APS Member. To qualify for this discount, one's spouse must be enrolled as either a Member or Retired (with journals only) member. Spouse Rate members do not receive print copies of APS journals, but do receive the Observer and have online access to APS journals.

Graduate Student Affiliate ($72)

Applicant has received a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and is (or expects to be) enrolled as a full-time student pursuing an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate) in psychology or any related field at an accredited degree-granting institution.

Undergraduate Student Affiliate ($36)

To qualify, the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing an Associate or Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in psychology or any related field at an accredited degree-granting institution. Candidates who join/renew upon completion of their Bachelor's degree program must join as Graduate Student Affiliates.

How do I become a member?
Join APS
When/where have the Annual Conventions taken place?
Convention Dates Location
1st Convention June 10-12, 1989 Alexandria, Virginia
2nd Annual Convention June 10-12, 1990 Dallas, Texas
3rd Annual Convention June 13-16, 1991 Washington, DC
4th Annual Convention June 20-22, 1992 San Diego, California
5th AnnualConvention June 25-28, 1993 Chicago, Illinois
6th Annual Convention June 30-July 3, 1994 Washington, DC
7th Annual Convention June 29-July 2, 1995 New York, New York
8th Annual Convention June 29-July 2, 1996 San Francisco, California
9th Annual Convention May 23-26, 1997 Washington, DC
10th Annual Convention May 21-24, 1998 Washington, DC
11th Annual Convention June 3-6, 1999 Denver, Colorado
12th Annual Convention June 8-11, 2000 Miami Beach, Florida
13th Annual Convention June 14-17, 2001 Toronto, Ontario
14th Annual Convention June 6-9, 2002 New Orleans, Louisiana
15th Annual Convention May 29-June 1, 2003 Atlanta, Georgia
16th Annual Convention May 27-30, 2004 Chicago, Illinois
17th Annual Convention May 26-29, 2005 Los Angeles, California
18th Annual Convention May 25-28, 2006 New York, New York
19th Annual Convention May 24-27, 2007 Washington, DC
20th Annual Convention May 22-25, 2008 Chicago, IL
21th Annual Convention May 22-25, 2009 San Francisco, California
22nd Annual Convention May 27-30, 2010 Sheraton Boston Hotel (Boston, MA)
Where/when will the next Annual APS Convention take place?
Convention Dates Location
23rd Annual Convention May 26-29, 2011 Hilton Washington (Washington, DC)
24th Annual Convention May 24-27, 2012 Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers (Chicago, IL)
25th Annual Convention May 23-26, 2013 Washington Marriott Wardman Park (Washington, DC)
26th Annual Convention May 22-25, 2014 Hilton San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)