APA Cuts Dues for Members of Other Scientific Societies

In a vigorous affirmation of the role of science in APA, the Council of Representatives voted at its February meeting to reduce APA dues by 25% for members who also belong to certain other scientific organizations. The nearly unanimous result drew applause from all present. The intent is to implement the proposal with the 1997 dues statements. The Council also approved the establishment of a 6-member task force to examine additional interventions to strengthen the scientific base of APA.

The 17 organizations for which the dues reduction would be in effect are being invited to reciprocate by reducing their own dues to the extent feasible for their members who also belong to APA. Those who are members of several societies of scientific psychology will be eligible for only one 25% reduction from APA. APA will offer the dues reduction to both current and new members.

'This is a happy outcome--the clearest message we've had that science does retain its rightful home in APA,' declared Leona S. Aiken, PhD, Division 5 representative and President of the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Psychology (CASAP), a caucus of members of the Council of Representatives.

Before the Council vote, the proposal was actively promoted by both scientific/academic psychologists and their clinical colleagues. Their message was one of mutual support and interdependence. Their joint efforts ensured passage of the measure.

'We believe this move will benefit all our organizations, the field as a whole, and most important, the individual member who is being overwhelmed with the collective burden of dues,' stated Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD, President of APA.

The need for the dues reduction was obvious, said William Howell, PhD, APA Executive Director for Science. 'It is clear that no one affiliation can fully satisfy all the intellectual, interpersonal, and practical requirements of today's psychologist. And this is particularly true for researchers, because scientific inquiry inevitably leads them into territory shared with other professionals where exciting hybrids--such as behavioral neuroscience, cognitive human factors, gerontology, and organizational behavior--evolve.'

The new measure should promote communication and cooperation among the many organizations that are now serving the special needs of psychological scientists.

For psychologists who pay APA's full membership dues, the amount will fall from $195 to about $146. With a $40 journal credit, the actual cost of APA membership will be just around $100. In addition, there are substantial discounts on journals and books for members, plus APA's many other services.

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