Proposed APA division focusing on implementation science seeks additional support

Psychologists are petitioning for creation of a new APA division to study effective ways to integrate evidence-based practice into real-world settings.

Psychologists are collecting signatures to start a new APA division focused on developing ways to bring evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence into real-world settings. The proposed Division on Implementation Science in Psychology would gather expertise from all areas of psychology to strengthen the field’s overall impact on science and public health.

“The primary goal is to bring together APA members to address the gap between science and practice,” said Sara J. Landes, PhD, clinical psychologist at the VA's National Center for PTSD and co-chair of the proposed division’s steering committee. “As implementation science is about behavior change at the individual, organizational and systems level, psychologists are uniquely positioned to make unprecedented contributions, drive continued innovation, and advance science and practice related to implementation science.”

The steering committee needs approximately 800 signatures to request division status from the APA Council of Representatives. Learn more and sign the petition online and follow the group on Facebook and Twitter.