There is a wealth of information available to students online, but sometimes you don’t know where to start. Maybe you need help finding articles or properly writing a literature review. Perhaps you just want to scope out the type of jobs available to a Psychology major. In any case, we here at iNKBLOT have compiled a series of valuable resources to assist all the psychology majors out there.
The benefits of a membership in a psychological association can include up-to-date news in psychology, connections with colleagues, reduced prices on journal subscriptions, books and videos, access to awards and grants, etc.
Even if you do not purchase a membership with an organization, an organization’s website provides a wealth of information for a psychology major. These websites can help psychology students sort through various career opportunities and specializations available to a psychology major as well as provide information on graduate programs and funding.
The following is just a small sampling of the various psychological associations that are out there. Let us know if there are any other associations that we should include on our list.
APA (American Psychological Association): Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
APS (Association of Psychological Science): The Association’s mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare. APS has approximately 23,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators.
ACA (American Counseling Association): The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.
IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology): IAAP is the oldest international association of psychologists. Its official languages are English and French. Founded in 1920, it now has more than 1.500 members from more than 80 countries.
SIOP (Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology): The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a division within APA that is also an organizational affiliate of APS. The Society’s mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.