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About Div. 37

Mission Statement

The Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Div. 37 of the American Psychological Association; formerly Div. 37: Child, Youth and Family Services) is committed to the application of psychological knowledge to advocacy, social justice, service delivery and public policies affecting children, youth and families in a diverse and inclusive society. The society advances research, education, training and practice through a multidisciplinary and culturally informed perspective. The society is interested in supporting culturally informed, evidence-based practice that promotes health equity with underserved and vulnerable populations.

Special Topics

  • Children’s mental health and mental health services
  • Systems of care
  • Health disparities and inequalities
  • Physical punishment of children
  • Promoting positive parenting practices
  • Divorce and custody
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Pediatric AIDS
  • Drug-exposed infants
  • Homelessness



Students and professionals in related fields are encouraged to join Div. 37.


Last updated: July 2022Date created: March 2013

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Membership in Division 37