A Silver Celebration
In honor of APS’s 20th birthday, two articles by Robin Cautin, a psychology historian, reflected on the founding of APS. Those articles appear in the May 2009 APS journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, and are freely available to the public.
This year marks a milestone for APS — our 25th anniversary. The milestone was celebrated at the 25th APS Annual Convention with a birthday party and concert featuring APS’s super group, which includes recording artists and featured psychological scientists Daniel J. Levitin and APS Past President Robert W. Levenson, who also received an inaugural APS Mentor Award this year.
The celebration continues all year long with a collection of retrospectives by distinguished scientists in the Observer and in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. These articles celebrate our science, looking at profound changes in our field over the past 25 years since APS was formed in 1988.
“APS was founded to be a new voice, a dedicated voice, for psychological science, in order to increase public understanding and support for our field,” said APS President Joseph E. Steinmetz during the opening ceremony kicking off the convention. “The association has been uniquely effective in that role. Thanks to APS, there has been a significant increase in federal funding for basic and applied behavioral and social science research over the years and an unprecedented visibility for psychological science.”
APS started with just 400 psychological scientists and thanks to the dedication of the association’s Charter Members, 25 years later APS has grown to 25,000. The association publishes the field’s most prestigious journals; is widely recognized as the most effective voice for scientific psychology in the public arena; and of course, organizes a wonderful Annual Convention (as you can see in this special issue) — all in the interest of advancing psychological science for the greater good.
In the past 25 years, the growth of psychological science has been nothing short of dramatic. We can celebrate many advances in our understanding of behavior and how we interact and connect with our world.
In honor of APS’s birthday, 25 distinguished scientists whose work has been particularly influential on the field of psychological science over the past quarter century were honored with special William James and James McKeen Cattell awards. Their lifetime of contributions to the field are being profiled in the Observer throughout the year.
We can all be extremely proud of this organization and of our discipline.
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