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Become a Div. 43 Fellow

Please join 217 others and become a family psychology fellow.

Applications are invited for members to be recognized for outstanding contributions or performance in the field of family psychology as a new fellow. Fellow status reflects colleague and APA recognition of extraordinary contributions to our discipline and can support your clinical practice and professional development as well as the promotion and tenure process.

APA has created the following Criteria for Initial Fellows in all divisions. These criteria provide the foundation for what is expected to be a fellow in APA. The first two points are the most important to attend to. Please consult the fellows chair at the contact information listed below for further explanation.

  • Evidence of unusual/extraordinary and outstanding/significant contributions or performance in the field of psychology.
  • (Inter)national impact on the field or profession of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.
  • Competence and performance meeting relatively typical contributions expected of psychologists in comparable positions are not sufficient to warrant fellowship in APA. From APA's fellows information: "A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated...Service: provide clear evidence of how service to APA, divisions or other organizations has contributed nationally to the field or profession of psychology."

In addition, all applicants must meet the following qualifications to be an APA fellow: 

  • Doctoral degree based in part on psychological dissertation.
  • Prior status as a member for at least one year and nomination by a division to which the member belongs.
  • Active engagement in the advancement of psychology.
  • Five years of acceptable postdoctoral experience.
  • Evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution or performance in the field of psychology.

Applicants must also meet the following Div. 43 application and/or nomination criteria to become a fellow in Div. 43 (The Society of Couple and Family Psychology):

  • At least three years of postgraduate professional experience in family psychology.
  • Membership in the division for at least one year.
  • Current engagement in education and training, practice or research in family psychology.
  • Significant and distinctive contributions to family psychology in one or more of the following areas: scientific achievement, professional practice, leadership and administration, teaching and training and/or recognition of excellence.

Current Fellows

If you are a fellow in another division, we invite you to become a fellow in Div. 43. Please contact the chair as to the procedures, as application is only made to Div. 43.

Initiating the Application Process

  • Send an updated CV and the completed fellows checklist (PDF, 89KB) to John Bakaly via email.
  • The Div. 43 Fellows Committee reviews the CV and checklist and then will be in contact with you concerning the next step in the application process of applying online to APA.


The Div. 43 Fellows Chair and Committee are ready to help applicants through the application process and create the best narrative that supports and promotes your qualifications. Please reach out to the chair if you have any questions or concerns about whether you fit the requirements and/or the application process.

Please contact John Bakaly, fellows committee chair, via email to begin the process of becoming a fellow in Div. 43:

John Bakaly, PhD
Fellows Chair, Div. 43
Family/Child and Couple Clinical Psychology Emphasis Area
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
1000 S. Fremont Av., Bldg. 5
Alhambra, CA 91803
Telephone: (626) 793-6925

Date created: 2014