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Invitation to join in the development of a performance psychology section within the division

The bylaws for Division 47 indicate that a new section can be created when five percent of members, associates, and/or affiliates present a petition to that effect

Over the past number of years, there has been increasing interest in what is referred to as “Performance Psychology”. The following activities/events—as examples—support this perspective:

  • Courses and workshops being taught within universities and as free-standing offerings;

  • Symposia and workshops at national and international conferences;

  • The development of Division 47's own journal, titled Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology;

  • Professionals’ self-description and students’ interest;

  • Various models of the relationship between sport psychology and performance psychology

  • A Division 47 position paper;

  • Professional articles and books, the most recent being Murphy’s (ed.) 775 page tome, The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology.

So, we are wondering if it is time to create a section of Division 47 on performance psychology. Such a section could bring together people with interest and expertise to assist in (for example):

  • Developing collective definitions and models regarding training and practice in performance psychology

  • Creating a sense of community

  • Developing the field more broadly and intentionally, and

  • Identifying resources and needs

The bylaws for Division 47 indicate that a new Section can be created when five percent members, associates, and/or affiliates present a petition to that effect (along with a set of proposed bylaws). Note that you need not be a member of APA in order to become a member, associate, or affiliate of Division 47 (although it is strongly encouraged), so if you are interested in promoting performance psychology through a Div. 47 section please join and add to our discussion.

If you are interested in contributing to the creation of (and being a part of) a performance psychology, please contact Dr. Kate Hays.