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American Psychological Association (APA) Biography

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Description:

“Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.”

“About APA,” www.apa.org (accessed Oct. 11, 2007)

Mission:

“The objects of the American Psychological Association shall be to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare by:

  • the encouragement of psychology in all its branches in the broadest and most liberal manner
  • the promotion of research in psychology and the improvement of research methods and conditions
  • the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement
  • the establishment and maintenance of the highest standards of professional ethics and conduct of the members of the Association
  • the increase and diffusion of psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications”

“About APA,” www.apa.org (accessed Oct. 11, 2007)

Other:
A scientific and professional organization
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