Section I: The Psychology of Black Women

The Psychology of Black Women, Section One of Div. 35, began as a committee on black women's concerns. With vision and perseverance, the committee gained a more prominent voice within the division and Section One, The Psychology of Black Women, was established in 1984. As a section, The Psychology of Black Women has its own bylaws and governance structure and has scheduled time for invited presentations at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.


  • To create a forum where black women can network and get mentoring and support from each other.

  • To provide outreach, guidance and mentoring to black female students in psychology.

  • To promote the development of methods of research and models of treatment and intervention that are ethnically, culturally and gender appropriate for black women.

  • To increase scientific understanding of those aspects of ethnicity, culture and class among black women which pertain to the psychology of women.

  • To maintain and increase the overall status of black women in the profession of psychology.

  • To increase the quality of education and training opportunities for black women in psychology.

  • To encourage the evolution and development of the specialty of the psychology of black women as a science.

  • To advocate on behalf of black women psychologists with respect to the formation of policies of Div. 35.

  • To promote the general objectives of APA and Div. 35.


Please fax your completed Section I membership application (PDF, 149 KB) and $5 dues to (202) 218-3599, or mail it to:

Division Services Office
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

If sending a check, please make it payable to "APA Division 35."

Questions? Contact Keith Cooke at (202) 216-7602 or email APA Divisions.

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