Student Membership: Information and Benefits

Division 47 welcomes students that are interested in the crossover between psychology and athletic performance, thinking of graduate school and need information about specific exercise or sport psychology programs, and want to meet established sport psychologists. Division 47 is an ideal venue for establishing professional contacts.

What is Exercise and Sport Psychology?

Exercise and Sport psychology is the scientific study of the psychological factors that are associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity.

Exercise and Sport psychologists are interested in two main areas: (a) helping athletes use psychological principles to achieve optimal mental health and to improve performance (performance enhancement) and (b) understanding how participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity affects an individual's psychological development, health, and well-being throughout the life span.

Who are Exercise and Sport Psychologists?

  • Psychologists who have experience in applying psychological principles in sport settings. This involves experience working with athletes, coaches, or sports teams as clients. This suggests competency in understanding the needs of athletes and coaches as well as the unique culture of sport and exercise.

  • Psychologists who have expert knowledge in the research underlying the psychology of exercise and sport, and familiarity with the field of exercise science.

Issues in the Field

  • The relevant literature in the field of exercise and sport psychology is extensive. Examples of research include the development of sport participation, motivation, the psychology of coaching and skilled athletic performance, and the incidence and prevalence of mental health concerns in the athletic population.

  • It is important to be aware that the term "sport psychologist" means that the practitioner has specialized experience and knowledge. It is unethical and illegal to call yourself a "sport psychologist" without adequate training and experience. The term also has legal restrictions to its use.

Why Join Division 47?

  • You are interested in the crossover between psychology and athletic performance.

  • You're thinking of graduate school and need information about specific exercise or sport psychology programs.

  • You want to meet established sport psychologists. Division 47 is an ideal venue for establishing professional contacts.

  • You are interested in working with athletes want to know more about the field of applied sport psychology to see if it is a good fit for you.

  • You're interested in performance research and wondering about good research programs and what that kind of career would be like.

  • You want current information related to the discipline, as well as access to valued and accomplished experts in the sport psychology field.

Current Benefits for Students

  • Student Reception at APA convention.

  • Access to Division 47 Listserv.

  • Full privileges in attending APA and Division annual convention sessions.

  • Networking opportunities through business meetings and social hours.

  • A chance to meet the Division 47 professionals at the annual APA convention.

  • Opportunities to be a division student representative or participate in the working committees of the division (every committee has opportunities available for student members).

  • Receipt of the Division newsletter: Div47News.

  • Dissertation Award open to all Division 47 members.

Student Benefits in the Works

  • Student lecture at the APA convention

  • Student listserve, blog, or forum

  • Professional development groups

How to Join Division 47

  • Students who share an interest in exercise, sport, and psychology are encouraged to join Division 47

  • If you are not an APA member, please join APA as a student affiliate and request additional membership in Division 47. For additional information from APA, contact Division Services or call the APA Division Services Office at (202)-336-6013.

If you have further questions about Division 47, please feel free to contact either of our student representatives.

Benefits

  • Full privileges in attending APA and Division annual convention sessions.

  • Networking opportunities through business meetings and social hours.

  • A chance to meet the Division 47 professionals at the annual APA convention.

  • Opportunities to be a division student representative or participate in the working committees of the division (every committee has opportunities available for student members).

  • Receipt of the Division newsletter

  • Dissertation Award open to all Division 47 members

How To Join

  • Students who share an interest in exercise, sport, and psychology are encouraged to join Division 47. If you are already a student affiliate of APA, complete the Division Application and Renewal form.

  • If you are not an APA member, please join APA as a student affiliate and request additional membership in Division 47. For additional information from APA, contact Division Services at (202)-336-6013.