Transforming the Psychology of Women
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Maureen C. McHugh, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches psychology of women, sexuality and diversity to both undergraduates and PsyD students. She completed a term as chair of the APA Committee for Women in Psychology. She previously served as the president equivalent of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), and received the Christine Ladd Franklin Award for service to AWP and feminist psychology. Her work on feminist methods, violence against women, older women and sizism is published in journal articles and chapters in many of the edited texts for the psychology of women. She is completing an edited text (with Joan Chrisler, PhD), “The Wrong Prescription for Women,” challenging the medicalization of women's bodies and experiences.
As president of the Society for Psychology or Women she plans to re-focus the division committees including those on feminist therapy, violence, adolescence, reproduction and older women. Her other initiatives include a Task Force on Sizism and Prejudice Against Fat Women and a Task Force on Leadership to Advance Women within the Academy. She will continue the Task Force Examining the Inclusion of Gender, Women and Sexuality in the Training of Psychologists.
Sponsored by the Society for the Psychology of Women, this blog uses a feminist framework to examine, critique and respond to the popular attitudes, images, music and other media that affect the psychological development of girls and women.
The Society for the Psychology of Women was established in 1973 as Division 35 of the APA. The society is devoted to providing an organizational base for all feminists, women and men of all national origins who are interested in teaching, research or practice in the psychology of women. Our purpose is to promote feminist scholarship and practice, and to advocate action toward public policies that advance equality and social justice. We are a voice of feminist issues within organized psychology.
Division 35 is launching afree membership campaign. New members join free. (Existing members can renew by using the form on the membership page.)
It is not necessary to be a psychologist or a member of APA to join the society. All members receive the Psychology of Women Quarterly journal and the Psychology of Women Newsletter. Check out our "help wanted" section to learn about current position openings and volunteer opportunities to help the division. Once you become a member there are many ways to get involved in the society.