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Fellowship in Div. 31

The fellowship committee has been quite active.

By Donald McAleer, PsyD

Donald McAleerThe fellows committee has been quite active during the fall application window, accepting three new candidates for fellow status. As many of you know, APA has several categories of membership including associate, member and fellow. The category of fellow “is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.“

Becoming a fellow is a multi-stepped process, requiring review and approval at the division fellows committee, the division board, the APA fellows committee and ultimately approval by the APA Board of Directors and Council.

As the process is typically finalized during the fall convention, it would be premature to mention them by name. I will say, however, that this year's group represents a strong slate of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of exemplary programs; leadership in organized psychology; publication or dissemination of information; and national policy development or political action. I certainly look forward to keeping the division membership apprised of their progress in this endeavor.

So what about the next round? Could you be Div. 31's next fellow candidate? The process requires:

  • A completed fellow application.
  • A statement of your accomplishments.
  • A copy of your updated vita.
  • Support letters from three fellows, two of whom are fellows of Div. 31.

The portal below will again open in August 2017 and there will be further reminders along the way. Please consider becoming a fellow of Div. 31. Please visit the fellows page at for more information on the process or feel free to email me.