Early Career Psychologist Task Force

Report from the Early Career Psychologist Task Force

Updates on the Div. 36 Early Career Psychologist Task Force.

By Kevin A. Harris, PhD

Greetings to all ECPs and those interested in ECP issues. There are now 105 Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) in Div. 36, comprising 14.1 percent of the division. In gathering information about the demographic makeup of Div. 36 compared to the demographics of APA, we noticed the following trends about Div. 36:

  • As of July 19, Div. 36 now has 744 members, comprising 0.6 percent of APA.
  • Div. 36 has about the same proportion of ECPs as APA has (14.1 percent compared to 12.5 percent).
  • Div. 36 ranks 29th among the 54 APA divisions in terms of its percentage of ECP membership (down one place from last year).
  • Only 13.6 percent of Div. 36 members are less than 45 years old (compared to 39.7 percent of APA members). Fully half of Div. 36 members (50.1 percent) are over age 65.
  • We have roughly half the proportion of female members as the rest of APA: only 34.9 percent of Div. 36 members are female (compared to 61.7 percent of APA members).
  • We have roughly a third the proportion of racial and ethnic minority members as the rest of APA: only 4.2 percent of Div. 36 members are members of racial or ethnic minorities. We currently have 11 Black/African American members, six Asian members, 12 Hispanic/Latinx members and two multi-racial members.

The Div. 36 ECP Task Force's mission is:

  • To represent ECPs' unique interests, needs and concerns to the Div. 36 Executive Committee.
  • To recruit new ECPs to join Div. 36 and to retain existing Div. 36 ECP members.
  • To promote the professional development of Div. 36 ECP members, via programming and resources designed to support, empower and mentor these individuals.
  • To foster relational connections and research collaborations among Div. 36 ECP members, as well as between Div. 36 ECP members and both mid- and late-career members of Div. 36.
  • To foster relational connections and research collaborations between Div. 36 ECP members and ECP members of other divisions and of other professional organizations domestically and internationally.
  • To stimulate opportunities for Div. 36 ECP members to become more involved within Div. 36, through avenues such as conference programming, leadership positions and professional publication (e.g., in the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Newsletter or the official Div. 36 journal,  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality).

To accomplish these goals, we have set forth two new goals which were approved by the Div. 36 Executive Committee in August:

  • To reach out to underrepresented groups to grow the Div. 36 membership.
  • To collaborate with other APA divisions to grow the Division 36 membership.

Underrepresented groups include ECPs, members less than 45 years old, female members and racial and ethnic minority members. “Other APA divisions” include all divisions of APA, but we are starting with a focus on interdivisional collaboration with Div. 17 ( Society for Counseling Psychology), Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), Div. 52 (International Psychology), Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) and the APA Committee on ECPs.

The Div. 36 ECP Task Force has been working on several projects over the past year to accomplish these eight goals, especially our new goals to reach out to underrepresented groups and to collaborate with other divisions to grow the membership of Div. 36. Each of these projects is briefly described below. The resources and benefits available to ECPs in Div. 36 are also described below. It is our hope that these projects will help us to promote the interests of ECPs in Div. 36 and the division as a whole.

Sincerely,

Kevin A. Harris, PhD, NCC
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Chair, Div. 36 ECP Task Force

 

Div. 36 ECP Resources and Benefits

  • Annual subscription to the division's official quarterly journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (PRS).
  • The division's quarterly Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Newsletter.
  • Discounts on professional journals.
  • Access to an electronic mailing list that includes prominent contributors to the field.
  • Participation in division events at APA's Annual Convention and our Div. 36 Mid-Year Conference.
  • Opportunities to receive awards and small seed grants for research in the field:
    - Margaret Gorman Early Career Award
    - Research Seed Grant (three $1,000 awards to ECPs or graduate students)
    - Distinguished Service Award
    - Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award
  • Opportunities for service and professional networking within Div. 36 and APA at multiple levels.

 

Division 36 ECP Task Force Projects

Cultural and Religious Diversity Across Divisions and Generations: An Interdivisional Discussion

We invited ECPs, students and others who are interested in the unity and diversity of the many cultures and divisions found in APA to a discussion hour at the APA's 2017 Annual Convention. This was an informal and respectful discussion on the role of multiculturalism in APA: intersectionality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious diversity, sexual orientation and other forms of culture. Religious diversity is an important part of multicultural competence and the intersection of many identities, and there are many APA divisions that celebrate this diversity. In spite of their name, APA divisions should seek to unify the field of psychology while celebrating our many different areas of academic and professional focus. Our goals are interdivisional dialogue and collaboration. Our ultimate aim is to submit an interdivisional collaborative discussion to APA's 2018 Annual Convention.

Compassion Fatigue Workshop: Helping the Helper Deal with Burnout and Vicarious Trauma

The Div. 36 ECP Task Force partnered with the Div. 17 Community Engagement Committee (CEC) to host a compassion fatigue workshop during APA's 2017 Annual Convention at Whitman-Walker Health, a community mental health center in Washington, D.C., specializing in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ care. Every year, the Div. 17 CEC holds a community engagement event, so this is an opportunity for networking and for further partnership with Div. 17.

ECP/Student Research Project

At APA's 2016 Annual Convention, Doug Oman expressed the desire to create a library of psychometric measures of religion and spirituality. This is a project that Div. 36 ECP Task Force member Kevin Harris has been working on, both as a part of his research team (the Aitheros Research Association) and as a part of a $1.6 million Templeton Foundation grant in collaboration with Peter Hill, Ralph Hood and Jonathan Jong. The four researchers are working on a second edition of the text Measures of Religiosity. This involves gathering hundreds of measures, researching their psychometric properties and writing reviews of them. The Div. 36 ECP Task Force has joined this effort, as a collaborative research project that students and ECPs can get research experience by participating in. This is a great way to network, get free labor and give people an opportunity to participate in research that they could do remotely, on their own time.

Div. 17 Religious/Spiritual Issues Special Interest Group (SIG)

One of our members once again hosted two collaborative poster sessions in both the Div. 17 and Div. 36 hospitality suites on religious/spiritual issues relevant to counseling psychology at APA's 2017 Annual Convention. This is an ongoing partnership with Div. 17 that has been going on for four years, but this is the first year that the Div. 36 ECP Task Force has been involved.

A Campus Activism Discussion: Counseling, Spirituality, Sexual Assault, Black Lives Matter and Love is Love

Campus activism refers to efforts by students to create social, political or economic change. Kevin Harris and Christine Agaibi presented a Div. 17 symposium at APA's 2017 Annual Convention on campus sexual assault and the Black Lives Matter and Love is Love movements and how they relate to counseling and spirituality. This symposium was proposed as an inter-divisional symposium with Divs. 36 and 17 but came to involve two additional discussions in both the Divs. 36 and 17 hospitality suites.

ECP Social Hour

Immediately preceding the Div. 36 Social Hour at APA's 2017 Annual Convention, the Div. 36 ECP Task Force hosted an ECPsocial hour for ECPs and students interested in Div. 36. (We also helped to organize the Div. 36 social hour at Thally.)

ECP Poster

Once again, we created a poster for a divisional ECP poster session at APA's 2017 Annual Convention on Early Career Opportunities in APA Divisions. This poster advertised for Div. 36 to attract ECPs to the division.

Website, Facebook, Twitter

We would like to include contact information on the website for the Div. 36 ECP Task Force and reasons why ECPs should join Div. 36. We might also want to have a more active presence as ECPs on the Div. 36 Facebook page and consider launching a Twitter account for Div. 36.

Division 36 Survey

 We are considering conducting a survey of current interests, affiliations and demographics among Div. 36 members, particularly among ECPs.

 

Table 1

Select Membership Counts for Div. 36 and APA, 2015-2017

 

Counts for Div. 36

 

Counts for APA

 

2015

2016

2017

 

2015

2016

2017

ECP Members

77 (9.5%)

107 (12.9%)

105 (14.1%)

 

16,025 (13.1%)

15,293 (13.0%)

14,429 (12.5%)

Members < 45 Years Old

117 (14.4%)

159 (19.2%)

101 (13.6%)

 

50,684 (41.4%)

47,303 (40.2%)

45,846 (39.7%)

Female Members

267 (32.8%)

288 (34.8%)

260 (34.9%)

 

76,240 (62.2%)

72,930 (62.0%)

71,254 (61.7%)

Racial and Ethnic Minority Members

22 (2.7%)

40 (4.8%)

31 (4.2%)

 

11,256 (9.2%)

10,298 (8.8%)

13,116 (11.4%)

Total Membership

814

828

744

 

122,516

117,675

115,492


Table 2

Age Counts for Div. 36 and APA, 2015-2017

 

Age Counts for Div. 36

 

Age Counts for APA


2015

2016

2017

 

2015

2016

2017

Under 25

2 (0.2%)

6 (0.7%)

5 (0.7%)

 

5,076 (4.1%)

4,672 (4.0%)

4,308 (3.7%)

25-34

52 (6.4%)

78 (9.4%)

39 (5.2%)

 

25,899 (21.1%)

23,698 (20.1%)

22,504 (19.5%)

35-44

63 (7.7%)

75 (9.1%)

57 (7.7%)

 

19,709 (16.1%)

18,933 (16.1%)

19,034 (16.5%)

45-54

88 (10.8%)

101 (12.2%)

96 (12.9%)

 

17,097 (14.0%)

16,550 (14.1%)

16,482 (14.3%)

55-64

186 (22.9%)

159 (19.2%)

142 (19.1%)

 

19,419 (15.9%)

18,070 (15.4%)

17,014 (14.7%)

Over 65

390 (47.9%)

378 (45.7%)

373 (50.1%)

 

27,516 (22.5%)

28,748 (24.4%)

30,001 (26.0%)

Unknown

33 (4.1%)

31 (3.7%)

32 (4.3%)

 

7,800 (6.4%)

7,004 (6.0%)

6,149 (5.3%)

Total

814

828

744

 

122,516

117,675

115,492


Table 3

Race/Ethnicity Counts for Div. 36 and APA, 2015-2017

 

Counts for Div. 36

 

Counts for APA

 

2015

2016

2017

 

2015

2016

2017

White

664 (81.6%)

639 (77.2%)

581 (78.1%)

 

81,742 (66.7%)

78,220 (66.5%)

75,756 (65.6%)

Black/ African American

11 (1.4%)

15 (1.8%)

11 (1.5%)

 

3,916 (3.2%)

3,649 (3.1%)

3,727 (3.2%)

Asian

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

6 (0.8%)

 

131 (0.1%)

115 (0.1%)

2,988 (2.6%)

Hispanic or Latino(a)

9 (1.1%)

18 (2.2%)

12 (1.6%)

 

5,139 (4.2%)

4,550 (3.9%)

3,974 (3.4%)

Multi-racial

2 (0.2%)

7 (0.8%)

2 (0.3%)

 

2,070 (1.7%)

1,984 (1.7%)

2,427 (2.1%)

Unknown

128 (15.7%)

149 (18.0%)

132 (17.7%)

 

29,518 (24.1%)

29,157 (24.8%)

26,620 (23.0%)

Total

814

828

744

 

122,516

117,675

115,492


Table 4

2017 APA Division Memberships, Ranked by Percentage of ECP Members

Division

Total Members

# of ECPs

% of ECPs

Rank

19: Society for Military Psychology

811

293

36.1%

1

54: Society of Pediatric Psychology

1,105

338

30.6%

2

56: Trauma Psychology

1,272

342

26.9%

3

16: School Psychology

1,440

380

26.4%

4

44: Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues

1,005

264

26.3%

5

17: Society of Counseling Psychology

2,227

583

26.2%

6

45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

1,042

262

25.1%

7

07: Developmental Psychology

1,150

282

24.5%

8

14: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

2,438

596

24.4%

9

51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

397

97

24.4%

10

53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescents Psychology

1,810

439

24.3%

11

15: Educational Psychology

1,197

289

24.1%

12

22: Rehabilitation Psychology

1,120

255

22.8%

13

38: Society for Health Psychology

2,648

594

22.4%

14

02: Society for the Teaching of Psychology

2,013

441

21.9%

15

35: Society for the Psychology of Women

1,903

402

21.1%

16

47: Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

751

157

20.9%

17

37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

650

131

20.2%

18

32: Society for Humanistic Psychology

446

87

19.5%

19

18: Psychologists in Public Service

797

155

19.4%

20

10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

391

76

19.4%

21

50: Society of Addiction Psychology

839

148

17.6%

22

20: Adult Development and Aging

979

164

16.8%

23

05: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

976

163

16.7%

24

41: American Psychology-Law Society

1,772

275

15.5%

25

40: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

3,624

555

15.3%

26

46: Society for Media Psychology and Technology

390

58

14.9%

27

28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

483

69

14.3%

28

36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

744

105

14.1%

29

34: Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology

259

36

13.9%

30

52: International Psychology

617

83

13.5%

31

49: Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

344

45

13.1%

32

13: Society of Consulting Psychology

934

113

12.1%

33

25: Behavior Analysis

570

66

11.6%

34

24: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

343

35

10.2%

35

48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence

393

40

10.2%

36

33: Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder

461

44

9.5%

37

08: Society for Personality and Social Psychology

1,892

179

9.5%

38

01: Society for General Psychology

1,178

109

9.3%

39

21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology

186

16

8.6%

40

43: Society for Couple and Family Psychology

1,001

86

8.6%

41

39: Psychoanalysis

2,317

184

7.9%

42

31: State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs

371

29

7.8%

43

03: Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science

674

51

7.6%

44

55: American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy

561

41

7.3%

45

30: Society of Psychological Hypnosis

681

42

6.2%

46

42: Psychologists in Independent Practice

3,086

178

5.8%

47

06: Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

428

24

5.6%

48

26: Society for the History of Psychology

399

22

5.5%

49

29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

1,955

98

5.0%

50

12: Society of Clinical Psychology

2,835

135

4.8%

51

23: Society for Consumer Psychology

138

5

3.6%

52

09: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

864

20

2.3%

53

27: Society for Community Research and Action

442

6

1.4%

54

All APA Divisions

59,349

9,687

16.3%

 


Table 5

2017 APA Division Memberships, Ranked by Number of ECP Members

Division

# of ECPs

Rank

14: Society for I/O Psychology

596

1

38: Society for Health Psychology

594

2

17: Society of Counseling Psychology

583

3

40: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

555

4

02: Society for the Teaching of Psychology

441

5

53: Society of Clinical Child & Adolescents Psychology

439

6

35: Society for the Psychology of Women

402

7

16: School Psychology

380

8

56: Trauma Psychology

342

9

54: Society of Pediatric Psychology

338

10

19: Society for Military Psychology

293

11

15: Educational Psychology

289

12

07: Developmental Psychology

282

13

41: American Psychology-Law Society

275

14

44: Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues

264

15

45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

262

16

22: Rehabilitation Psychology

255

17

39: Psychoanalysis

184

18

08: Society for Personality and Social Psychology

179

19

42: Psychologists in Independent Practice

178

20

20: Adult Development and Aging

164

21

05: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

163

22

47: Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

157

23

18: Psychologists in Public Service

155

24

50: Society of Addiction Psychology

148

25

12: Society of Clinical Psychology

135

26

37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

131

27

13: Society of Consulting Psychology

113

28

01: Society for General Psychology

109

29

36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

105

30

29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

98

31

51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

97

32

32: Societ\y for Humanistic Psychology

87

33

43: Society for Couple and Family Psychology

86

34

52: International Psychology

83

35

10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

76

36

28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

69

37

25: Behavior Analysis

66

38

46: Society for Media Psychology and Technology

58

39

03: Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science

51

40

49: Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

45

41

33: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/ Autism Spectrum Disorder

44

42

30: Society of Psychological Hypnosis

42

43

55: American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy

41

44

48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence

40

45

34: Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology

36

46

24: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

35

47

31: State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs

29

48

06: Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

24

49

26: Society for the History of Psychology

22

50

09: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

20

51

21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology

16

52

27: Society for Community Research and Action

6

53

23: Society for Consumer Psychology

5

54

Source: APA Member Data Portal

Note: The figures above only include the following APA membership types: Member, Fellow, Associate, Student Affiliate, International Affiliate, Community College Teacher and High School Teacher. All 54 APA divisions also have non-APA member categories, but those memberships are not included in these figures, because they are not reported on the APA Member Data Portal platform. Percentages do not always total 100 percent due to rounding error.