Society for Couple and Family Psychology President

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

APA's Div. 43 is the Society for Couple and Family Psychology. It is one of the three organizations that represent the specialty of couple and family psychology at the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. The mission of Div. 43 is to promote people’s well-being through the production, publication and application of evidence-based knowledge about the influence of diverse systems (i.e., intrapersonal, relational and social) on human behaviors. We support research that advances our systemic understanding of couple and family dynamics, how they influence mental and physical health and how they develop from broader societal processes, such as gender norms and poverty. We also support specialty training and education and disseminate critical information about couples and families through our journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, our website and other social media.

Our website offers information about doctoral, internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs with a concentration in couple and family psychology. It also provides free access to educational and teaching resources for the classroom. Diversity is a key dimension of family systems and couple and family psychologists are committed to the integration of multicultural competencies into their research and clinical work with individuals, couples and families. Clinicians will find helpful resources and videos on important contemporary issues such as immigration, incarceration, gender and violence under the 2019-2020 Social Justice Initiative.

Div. 43 is proud to offer Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice (CFP-RP) as a membership benefit. CFP-RP is a scholarly journal published by APA, and it was created to provide a forum for discussing important issues in the field of couple and family psychology and to promote the integration of couple and family systems theory, research and practice. To learn more or submit a manuscript for review, please visit the journal's webpage.

Div. 43 offers many other membership benefits, including the opportunity to serve on practice, education or communication committees; awards and recognitions; social and professional networking events at APA's convention; and student presentations in the Hospitality Suite at APA's convention. Soon, Div. 43 members will also have access to free continuing education videos.

If you are a student, a clinician, an educator or/and researcher interested in the psychology of couples and families, we hope that you will make Div. 43 your home in APA. We strongly encourage you to join our collegial and enthusiastic community, and we hope that you will become an active participant and contribute to our various projects.

Students, early career psychologists, seasoned clinicians and scientists, I look forward to hearing from you, to answer your questions and to discuss your project ideas. 

Warmly,

Corinne Datchi, PhD, ABPP
Div. 43 President