Welcome from our President

Welcome to Div. 43 (Society of Couple and Family Psychology).

As a candidate for president, I stated that my first initiative would be to increase and diversify our membership by welcoming and orienting them, continuing to facilitate collaborations with other APA divisions including those focused on diversity, incentivizing membership of Early Career Psychologists (ECPs), and increasing our web presence and accessibility to APA members. Second, I said I would seek to encourage more CE offerings to take advantage of new CE requirements for psychologists. We have the potential to make our division the flagship provider of CE credits related to couple and family psychology.

Since beginning my term in August 2020, I started with a survey to assess the needs of our members. We found that many members wanted to increase their sense of belonging and networking. In collaboration with Pat Pitta, our VP for practice, we held a networking/belonging mixer in December 2020 to combat the isolation of COVID-19, and we have developed a free Master Series offering CEs for two hours each that will begin in the Fall of 2021. In collaboration with Tara Kellman, our Student Representative, we developed a student engagement committee that will be hosting a panel on nontraditional relationships.  Tara also is working with Guy Diamond, our VP for science to organize a virtual professor retreat to work with graduate program leadership to better engage couple and family psychology graduate students in the activities of the division. We want everyone to know that student membership in our division is free.

The Couple and Family Psychologist Blog

The Couple and Family Psychologist blog is a publication of Div. 43 to allow members to share insights, research, news and other updates. Launched in April 2020, the blog features articles written by Div. 43 members focused on topics related to education, research, practice and public interest. Members may submit articles for review and publication.

Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice

Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice is a scholarly journal publishing peer-reviewed papers representing the science and practice of family psychology. The journal is the official publication of the Society for Couple and Family Psychology and is intended to be a forum for scholarly dialogue regarding the most important emerging issues in the field, a primary outlet for research particularly as it impacts practice and for papers regarding education, public policy and the identity of the profession of family psychology.