APS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

APS Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Association for Psychological Science is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our leadership, membership, activities, staff, and field. Including members of underrepresented groups in meaningful ways is a vital part of this commitment. Acknowledging the harmful roles that racism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion have played in all aspects of society, including our field, is critical in order to turn this commitment into action. This includes investigating potential consequences within our own organization.

We fully embrace the guiding organizational principle that psychological science has the ability to transform society for the better and can and must play a central role in advancing human welfare and the public interest. To that end, we support the pursuit of a wide variety of scientific work that furthers our understanding of the causes and harmful effects of racism, stereotypes, and inequities; the psychological and societal benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the most effective ways to foster these outcomes and advance a more just and equitable world. 

APS Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

APS provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, physical handicaps, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, citizenship, political affiliation, or any other category that is protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


APS Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Vonnie McLoyd, 2021 Chair
University of Michigan
Shauna Cooper
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ann Kring
University of California, Berkeley
Jean-Phillipe Laurenceau
University of Delaware
Tran Le
Texas Tech University
Keith Maddox
Tufts University
Sheri Mizumori
University of Washington
Seth Pollak
University of Wisconsin-Madison


APS Resources Related to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Research Collections

APS engages the public with psychological research through its scientific journals, its member magazine the Observer, outreach to media outlets, and presentations at conferences and other events. These collections of articles provide a snapshot of psychological research on diversity, equity, and inclusion and the causes and harmful effects of racism, stereotypes, and inequities.


Awards and Recognitions

APS’s Awards Program recognizes psychological scientists at the earliest stages of their careers as well as for lifetime contributions to the field. Nominators and awards committees are asked to consider the diverse and international nature of our field. APS seeks nominations of members of underrepresented groups in psychological science.


Grants

  • The APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science supports the teaching and public understanding of psychological science in the U.S. and around the world. A special category within the grants program supports projects that aim to eliminate racial bias in psychological science curricula and incorporate principles of racial justice into psychological science curricula.
  • The RISE (Researching Injustice and Social Equality) Award, open to APS Student Affiliates, seeks to cultivate psychological science research in fields related to socially and economically underrepresented populations, and recognizes outstanding student researchers from diverse racial, ethnic, geographic and cultural backgrounds, as well as other underrepresented groups in psychological science.
  • The William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund supports advanced training opportunities in mathematical and computational modeling for psychological science in summer schools and focused workshops. Funding criteria include an express commitment to “the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, disability statuses, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise.”

Public Policy

In ongoing outreach to legislators and federal agencies about the contributions behavioral science can play in addressing societal ills, APS promotes the use of empirically validated findings in the treatment and prevention of mental illness and in improving public health, education, economic productivity, social justice, and more. Recent and upcoming APS activities include:


Journals

APS’s six journals publish cutting-edge research across all areas of the field and promote the integration of scientific perspectives within psychological science and with related disciplines. Committed to broadening the diversity of their reviewer, author, and editorial pools, the editors seek original research that aids in public understanding of the causes and harmful effects of racism, stereotypes, and inequities; the psychological and societal benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the most effective ways to foster these outcomes and advance a more just and equitable world. Recent APS journal activities include:

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  • Undertaking the collection of anonymous demographic data from authors of submitted and accepted manuscripts. Having an accurate understanding of the pool of APS authors will allow us to track our progress as we aim to expand that pool and ensure that the authors represented in our journals reflect the diversity of our field.
  • Hosting a webinar with APS journal editors and staff aimed at students and early career researchers explaining the peer review process and what makes for a quality review with an eye toward creating a larger and more diverse pool of reviewers evaluating manuscripts submitted to APS journals.
  • Curating collections of APS journal articles related to issues such as racism, and making the articles contained in these collections freely accessible to the public.

Convention Programs

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APS conventions, including the Annual Meeting, present a wide array of diverse voices from across the psychological science community. In addition to the live events, APS shares this content broadly on social media to engaged a broader audience. Notable examples include: