A Message From the Division President

Erlanger Turner Dear Division Members and Prospective Members,

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the president of APA Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice). As a first-generation college student, I would not be in this position without the support of my circle of mentors. I began my leadership in APA as a student leader with APAGS, and my passion for serving the profession and my community has continued.

As a psychologist, my career has been dedicated to advancing the public interest and well-being of society. Div. 37 is committed to the application of psychological science to engage in advocacy, social justice, service delivery and public policies to improve the lives of children, youth and families in a diverse and inclusive society. My own work has broadly focused on providing services to diverse populations, and my scholarly contributions emphasize addressing disparities among underserved ethnic and racial communities. As the first African American male to serve as the division’s president since 1977, I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president and to help advance our mission. As the only child-focused division to explicitly focus on advocacy for children and families, we are uniquely positioned to use our science to change the lives of people. 



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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.

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