Committee Reports

Membership Committee report

Div. 20 membership is up.

By David Chiriboga, PhD, Lynn Snow, PhD, and Allison Jahn, PhD

Div. 20 experienced an increase in dues paying membership of about 2 percent from 2013 to 2014. To put things in perspective, the increase in division membership was not a phenomenon unique to Div. 20. An email from Keith Cooke at APA included a link to a general report from APA that documented the fact that more APA members are joining divisions (“After a decline, APA division membership shows rebound.” Monitor on Psychology, 46 [4]). That report includes the following information:

Over the last 20 years, APA division membership has been declining. In 1993, approximately 58 percent of APA members were also members of at least one division. By 2014, divisional membership had dropped to 43 percent. However, after reaching its lowest point in 2011 (37 percent), division membership has grown 6 percent in the last three years.

The stats for Div. 20, from 2010 through 2014, are as follows. As you can see, there was a systematic decline through 2013, but 2014 reversed the trend.


 

Membership Year

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Dues-paying APA Memberships

 

 

 

 

 

Members

 

 

 

 

 

New

43

49

34

38

40

Renewals

487

453

431

413

419

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associates

15

12

11

9

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellows

117

110

97

94

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals for regular membership

662

624

573

554

565

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dues-paying Non-APA Memberships

 

 

 

 

 

International Affiliates – continuing

0

11

15

11

17

Professional Affiliates – continuing

0

25

34

44

48

Student Affiliates

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing

55

49

50

42

50

New

44

55

50

12

13

Total Student Affiliates

99

104

100

54

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Paid Memberships

860

832

773

662

693


 

The Membership Committee is also working on re-branding efforts to help grow division membership and co-membership across other aging-related divisions.