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Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) 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.


Join Div. 37

Why Div. 37? Your membership dues support initiatives and provide you access to a range of great benefits:

  • Award opportunities for students, early career professionals, champions for advocacy, and more!
  • Financial support for congressional briefings on Capitol Hill (e.g., homelessness, school violence, human trafficking, school corporal punishment use). 
  • Support for national initiatives and advocacy on behalf of children and families (e.g., Institute of Medicine Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health, National Coalition for Prevention Science).
  • Support for task forces within the division and across APA, such as the Interdivisional Task Force for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Join our new Diverse, Racial, Ethnic and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM SIG).
  • Free access to our edited SpringerBriefs series, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, covering topics such as food insecurity, parental incarceration, foster care, after-school programs, and child maltreatment.
  • Receive electronic copies of The Advocate and section newsletter three times per year to stay abreast of topical features and news of interest.
  • Sign up for our listservs, which provide forums for sharing information and learning about job opportunities.
  • Follow us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Check our collections of resources relevant to early career psychologists, child and family advocacy, and anti-racism efforts.
  • Engage in advocacy and help shape policies that affect children and families.
  • Promote your work at APA's annual convention and participate in programming focused on child and family policy. 
Don't forget to renew your membership each fall to continue receiving access to these great benefits over the following year. Don’t wait—renew your division membership today!

As a reminder, you do not need an APA membership to join Division 37. If you are an APA member you can go to MyAPA and click "Renew...” to join APA and Div 37 at the same time. If you are not an APA member, you can join Div. 37 by clicking here and selecting "JOIN DIV”. 

Membership categories and yearly division dues

  • APA Member ($37): members of APA
  • Associate ($37): APA associates
  • Fellow ($37): APA fellows
  • Life Status ($12): APA members over the age of 65 who have belonged to APA for a total of 25 years
  • Student Affiliate (free for the first year, $17 thereafter): undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, medicine, social work, law, nursing, and related fields (APA member number can be left blank.)
  • International Affiliate ($37): psychologists, physicians, and professionals from related disciplines outside the U.S. and Canada who are not members of APA (APA member number can be left blank.)
  • Professional Affiliate ($37): psychologists, physicians, and professionals from related disciplines in the U.S. and Canada who are not members of APA (APA member number can be left blank.)
  • Early Career Psychologists (free): psychologists within 10 years of graduation (ECPs) who are new to the division can join for free (Please note: This membership cannot be set up online, and must be done via phone or mail.)   
  • Section Membership ($30): Section membership is not included in division membership. Please visit the Section on Child Maltreatment page to join or renew section membership. 
Phone: 1-800-374-2721
Mail: Simply print this form (PDF, 105KB), fill out the blanks, then mail the form and your check (payable to APA Divisions) to:

APA Division Services
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Please do not send cash or credit card information.

Membership contact

Contact the current membership chair for membership information and questions.

Last updated: February 2021Date created: March 2013

Interested in becoming a fellow?

Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology.

For more information, please contact Div. 37 Fellows Chair Rick Short, PhD.

Membership in Division 37