Sections for the Society of Clinical Psychology

The American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) has several sections covering specific areas of interest. Members of Division 12 may join one or more of the Sections. Some sections also have categories for non-Division 12 members.

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The vision of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology is to foster the mental health and wellness of older adults through science, practice, education and advocacy and to advance the field of professional geropsychology. Our purpose is to promote the general objectives of the American Psychological Association and Division 12; to support and to encourage the evolution and development of the subspecialty of clinical geropsychology in both its scientific and professional aspects; to increase scientific understanding of the mental health of older adults; to promote the development of models for the delivery of psychological services to older adults, as well as other ways of enhancing the welfare and mental health of older adults; to foster collaboration and the sharing of information among clinical geropsychologists; and to increase the quality and availability of training opportunities in clinical geropsychology.


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Section III of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association -The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) was established in 1966. Its purpose is to affirm and continue to promote the integration of the scientist and the practitioner in training, research, and applied endeavors. Its members represent a diversity of interests and theoretical orientations across clinical psychology. The common bond of the membership is a commitment to empirical research and the ideal that scientific principles should play a role in training, practice, and establishing public policy for health and mental health concerns. SSCP has organizational affiliations with both the American Psychological Association (Section III of Division 12) and the Association for Psychological Science


This Section was established for clinical psychologists dedicated to increasing scientific understanding of those aspects of clinical psychology that pertain to women; to promoting the development of models for the delivery of service to women; to increasing the quality of educational and training opportunities for women in clinical psychology; to advocating on behalf of women clinical psychologists with respect to formation of policies of the Division; and to the development of the subspecialty of clinical psychology. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT : Kalyani Gopal, Ph.D., HSPP, Mid-America Psychological and Counseling Services, PC, 7725 Broadway, Suite A, Merriville, IN 46410, 


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This Section was established to promote research on clinical interventions with American racial and ethnic minority populations; to foster sensitivity to cultural, racial, and ethnic issues in the training of all psychologists; to increase the quality and accessibility of training opportunities for minority clinical psychologists; to enhance the representation of minority psychologists with Division 12 and APA governance; and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on socio-cultural issues. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Natasha Thapar-Olmos, Ph.D., Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, 6100 Center Drive, 5th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045


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This Section has been established to advance the clinical and scientific understanding of psychological/behavioral emergencies and crises, as well as the clinical abilities needed to evaluate and manage them. Emergencies include life-threatening behaviors such as acute suicidality, potential violence, and risk to vulnerable victims of violence. The Section provides a forum for the exchange of clinical information and research findings related to the emergencies noted above, and to the crises from which they so often develop. It has the further purposes of fostering education and training in the evaluation and management of these high risk clinical situations, as well as understanding and assisting with the impact of such difficult and intense work on the clinician him or herself. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Phillip M. Kleespies, Ph.D. VA Boston Healthcare System (116 B) 150 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130,


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The purpose of the Association is to promote the discipline and profession of psychology in academic health centers and to encourage and support psychologists’ collegial participation in institutional governance, research, educational programs, administration, leadership, and policy development. The Association has its own journal (Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings), supports an active listserv, is active on social media, hosts a well-attended, biennial conference (next in 2021), and provides mentorship in the form of regular early- and mid-career boot camps, among other offerings.
Wendy Ward, PhD, ABPP
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


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The Section on Assessment Psychology of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association promotes and encourages the evolution and development of the subspecialty of psychological assessment in both its scientific and professional aspects by increasing scientific understanding and study of psychological testing procedures and the use of psychological tests in clinical work. The Section is also promotes the dissemination of knowledge with an official journal, Assessment, and facilitates communication among assessment psychologists through the section’s listserve and webpage.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul A. Arbisi, Ph.D., ABAP, ABPP, Minneapolis VA Health Care Center (116B), Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Minnesota. One Veteran’s Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417


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The purpose of this Section shall be to evaluate, organize and institute initiatives to increase the number of graduate students and early career psychologists who transition to full member status, as well as the number of early career psychologists joining the Division for the first time. The Section shall collaborate in the development and implementation of the recruitment and retention initiatives of the membership Committee. The Section shall support the development of new mechanisms and the enhancement of existing mechanisms to increase participation of graduate students and early career psychologists in the Division. It shall promote greater awareness of the benefits of Division 12 membership for graduate students and early career psychologists and work to expand those benefits. It shall represent the interests and concerns of graduate students and early career psychologists throughout the Division. It shall provide a forum for announcements and to promote communication among graduate students and early career psychologists in clinical psychology. The Section will address the unique needs of graduate student and early career psychologists members entering the profession and facing early career challenges in clinical psychology.

Beginning January 1, 2016, all members will need to formally register via our website and pay a small annual fee of $10. For those who register for both Division 12 and Section 10 at the same time (, the Section fee will be reduced to $5. While we wish we could continue to operate without membership dues, this nominal fee is critical to our ability to sustain the Section going forward.

We hope that you will consider the many benefits of Section membership as you decide whether to renew:

  • Awards: apply for cash prize competitions for best poster and best paper presentation at the Annual Convention
  • Mentorship: participate as a mentor or mentee in our mentorship program
  • Publications: gain a publication by contributing a brief article to our blog, and enjoy reading what others have published on issues relevant to you
  • Internship resources: tap into our network of early career psychologists who have recently completed internships across the country, via an internship database and interview question bank that are currently in development
  • Leadership: run for a position on the Board or pilot a new project
  • Listserv: gain access to announcements that advertise professional opportunities
  • Convention programming: attend symposia that we have designed specifically for graduate students and early career psychologists

We value your participation in the Section and welcome new ideas about how to improve. Please share your suggestions with us directly in the registration form or contact President- Angela Vivi Hudson at

Mission Statement

The mission of the Society of Clinical Psychology is to represent the field of Clinical Psychology through encouragement and support of the integration of clinical psychological science and practice in education, research, application, advocacy and public policy, attending to the importance of diversity. Read our Position Statement