Invited Address

The Founding of APS: A New Voice for Psychological Science

Time and Location
Saturday May 24, 2008, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Chicago 7

Robin Cautin

Robin Cautin
Manhattanville College

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) was founded by a group of basic and applied science-oriented psychologists who had attempted repeatedly but unsuccessfully to assert greater influence within the American Psychological Association (APA). Founded in 1892, the APA sought to promote the discipline of psychology as a science. As private practitioners gained presence and power within the organization, their science-oriented counterparts grew disaffected. Beginning in the 1970s, numerous committees deliberated the organization’s structure and made recommendations in an effort to appease the various constituencies within the heterogeneous and ever-expanding association. The Assembly for Scientific and Applied Psychologists (ASAP) was formed in 1987 to support APA reorganization. In early 1988, after rejecting a series of proposals, the APA Council approved a reorganization plan that was in turn rejected by the membership. In August, 1988, ASAP became APS. APS’s early years were shaped by challenges and successes that would lay the groundwork for APS to become a prominent organization in the promotion of scientific psychology.

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