Have you heard about the newest proposed Division of the APA?
Implementation Science in Psychology
Broadly, implementation science can be defined as the scientific study of methods and strategies used to integrate evidence and change practice patterns in real world settings (NIH, 2012). The purpose of this new Division is to bring together members from all areas of psychology in the service of addressing the gap between science and practice. The opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration through a formal APA Division include capacity for: advancing implementation science and practice, setting guidelines, sharing resources, influencing funding agencies, identifying and providing leadership, and engaging stakeholders at federal, local, practice, and consumer levels. To focus our initial efforts, we have articulated three main goals: (1) facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration; (2) improve knowledge dissemination with creation of a high quality journal; and, (3) offer professional development opportunities for junior colleagues. Without such a Division to bring together expertise from all areas of psychology we fear the field will remain fragmented and limited in terms of its scientific and public health impact. Other disciplines (e.g., medicine, public health, social work) are moving ahead in this new and exciting arena. The Implementation Science in Psychology Division will help to assure that psychologists and psychology has a strong presence in implementation science.
Now we need the support of all psychologists working in the field of implementation.
We would be delighted if you would sign our petition for Division status and encourage your colleagues to sign also. We will need approximately 800 signed petitions before we can take our request to the APA Council of Representatives.
Sara Landes, PhD (email@example.com)
Cara Lewis, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rinad Beidas, PhD
Aaron Lyon, PhD
Bryan Weiner, PhD
Gregory Aarons, PhD (email@example.com)
Instructions for Signing the Petition
To sign a paper petition and send by mail or fax (202) 218-3599
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
To sign on the APA website: The petition is also available on the APA website for direct electronic submission:
You will need to sign in using your MyAPA user id or email. All APA members have a MyAPA account already. If you haven’t used it before or can’t remember your information, you can look up your account here: http://my.apa.org/apa/idm/memberLoginSearch.seam?cid=9026218