Statement of APA President in Response to Mass Shootings in Texas, Ohio

Posted: August 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of APA President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, on the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and in Dayton, Ohio:

"Our condolences are with the families and friends of those killed or injured in these horrific shootings and with all Americans affected every day by the twin horrors of hate and gun violence.

“As our nation tries to process the unthinkable yet again, it is clearer than ever that we are facing a public health crisis of gun violence fueled by racism, bigotry and hatred. The combination of easy access to assault weapons and hateful rhetoric is toxic. Psychological science has demonstrated that social contagion — the spread of thoughts, emotions and behaviors from person to person and among larger groups — is real, and may well be a factor, at least in the El Paso shooting.

“That shooting is being investigated as a hate crime, as it should be. Psychological science has demonstrated the damage that racism can inflict on its targets. Racism has been shown to have negative cognitive and behavioral effects on both children and adults and to increase anxiety, depression, self-defeating thoughts and avoidance behaviors.

“Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing. Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness. The rates of mental illness are roughly the same around the world, yet other countries are not experiencing these traumatic events as often as we face them. One critical factor is access to, and the lethality of, the weapons that are being used in these crimes. Adding racism, intolerance and bigotry to the mix is a recipe for disaster. 

“If we want to address the gun violence that is tearing our country apart, we must keep our focus on finding evidence-based solutions. This includes restricting access to guns for people who are at risk for violence and working with psychologists and other experts to find solutions to the intolerance that is infecting our nation and the public dialogue.”

For people who are suffering distress in the aftermath of the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, APA offers a variety of resources, including:


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs

Posted: August 13, 2019 

The APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms of service on January 1, 2020. The committee functions as a catalyst for action on ethnic minority issues and concerns by interacting with and making recommendations to the various components of the APA's governing structure, APA membership, and other groups. Committee members plan, develop, and coordinate various activities related to advocacy and promoting an understanding of the cultures and psychological well-being of ethnic minority populations, monitoring and assessing institutional barriers to equal access to psychological services, and ensuring equitable ethnic/racial representation in the profession of psychology. 

To fulfill its mandate for ethnic representation and its commitment to gender equity on the Committee, the two slates are for the following: one self-identified Latinx female psychologist and one self-identified American Indian/Alaska Native/Hawaiian Native female psychologist. Applicants/Candidates also will need to demonstrate her/his knowledge, expertise, and commitment, through research, education and training, and/or the delivery of psychological services, which meet the needs and/or address the concerns of the respective targeted nomination slates (e.g., American Indian/Alaska Native communities or the Latinx communities). In addition, CEMA welcomes the nomination of candidates who possess knowledge and expertise of other diverse populations within both the Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities (e.g., disability, older adults/elders, early career, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.). Special consideration will be given to those applicants whose education, training, experiences, and/or expertise represents basic and/or applied areas of psychological science/research. Term of service is: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

Selected candidates will be required to participate in no less than two committee meetings a year and quarterly conference calls. Members also work on CEMA projects as necessary between meetings. Also, CEMA members are strongly encouraged to attend the APA annual convention at their own expense and to participate in convention programming sponsored by CEMA.

Nomination materials should include the nominee's qualifications (including a statement of relevant experience), a current curriculum vita and a letter of interest to serve a three term on CEMA. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations materials sent, to the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address or via email to: [email protected]. no later than September 6, 2019.


CPA Communications Survey

Posted: July 3, 2019

The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is interested in hearing your opinions about our communications efforts. We are looking for honest feedback to help us improve the member experience and our communication. Please participate in this brief survey and share your thoughts with us. Responses will be kept anonymous.

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The 2019 August TCP is Now Available

Posted: August 1, 2019

Members of CPA-- your August 2019 edition of The Colorado Psychologist is now available!

Inside June's Issue: 

1. Message from the President
2. CPA Calendar of Events
3. Message from the Editors
4. Board of Directors Meeting, 3/15/2019
6. What's New at CPA
7. Welcome New and Returning CPA Members
8. Paterning with Community-Based Organizations to Support Growing Families  
11. The CUB Clinic
17. Advertising Rates

View August 2019 TCP Here

Dr. Sarah Burgamy APA Citizen Psychologist Award

Posted: July 17, 2019

Congratulations Sarah Burgamy on receiving the inaugural Dr. Sarah Burgamy APA Citizen Psychologist Award. "In recognition of your dedication to help CPA pass groundbreaking legislation as well as your service, commitment and vision over the years to advance the profession of psychology in Colorado." And, thank you to our special guests for honoring Sarah with a House Tribute and attending the award ceremony!

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