Canadian Psychological Association

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the primary organization representing psychologists throughout Canada. It was organized in 1939 and incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act, Part II, in May 1950.

Canadian Psychological Association
Formation1939
Headquarters141 Laurier Avenue W
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates45°25′15″N 75°41′39″W / 45.42096°N 75.69413°W / 45.42096; -75.69413[1]
Membership
Over 7,000 members and affiliates
Official language
English, French
President
Eleanor Gittens
CEO
Lisa Votta-Bleeker
Websitecpa.ca

Its objectives are to improve the health and welfare of all Canadians; to promote excellence and innovation in psychological research, education, and practice; to promote the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge; and to provide high-quality services to members.[2]

History

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The CPA was founded in a University of Ottawa psychology lab in 1938,[3] although it was not formally organized until 1939.[4] Initially, the CPA's purpose was to help with Canada's contribution to World War II; indeed, the CPA was heavily involved with test construction for the Department of National Defence.[4]

Organizational structure

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CPA's head office is located in Ottawa, Ontario. The CPA has a directorate for each of its three pillars – science, practice, and education.

  • The Science Directorate's mandate is to lobby government for increased funding for psychological research, promote and support the work of Canadian researchers in psychology, and educate the public about important findings from psychological science.[5]
  • The Practice Directorate's mandate is to support and facilitate advocacy for the practice of psychology across Canada.[6]
  • The Education Directorate's mandate is to oversee the accreditation of doctoral and internship programmes in professional psychology.[7]

The Board of Directors sets policies that guide the CPA. It is made up of Presidential Officers, Directors, and Executive Officers.[8]

Membership

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There are three main grades of membership:[9]

  • Member: Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology, or its academic equivalent, conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing. Members must be residents of Canada or the US.
  • Fellows: members who have made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of the science or profession of psychology, or who have given exceptional service to their national or provincial associations.[10]
  • Honorary Life Fellows/Honorary Life Members: members who are age 70 or higher, who have been regular Members of CPA for at least 25 years.

Publications

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The CPA, in partnership with the American Psychological Association, quarterly publishes the following three academic journals:

The CPA also publishes a quarterly magazine called Psynopsis. Issues contain brief articles on specific themes relating to psychology, as well as updates from the head office of CPA, committee news, information about the annual convention, and much more.[12]

Mind Pad is a professional newsletter that is written and reviewed by student affiliates of the Canadian Psychological Association. The newsletter is published biannually online.[13]

Awards

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Each year at the annual convention, CPA honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to psychology in Canada with the following awards:

  • CPA Gold Medal Award For Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Canadian Psychology
  • CPA John C. Service Member the Year Award
  • CPA Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science
  • CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology
  • CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession
  • CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology
  • CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service
  • Distinguished Practitioner Award
  • CPA Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service to the Canadian Psychological Association
  • CPA Humanitarian Award
  • President's New Researcher Award[14]

The CPA has numerous student awards. As an example, the CPA gives out Certificates of Academic Excellence to students in each Canadian psychology department for the best undergraduate, masters, and doctoral thesis. The sections of CPA also award students for exceptional papers, presentations, and posters at the annual convention.[15]

Fellowships are awarded to members of the CPA who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of the science or profession of psychology or who have given exceptional service to their national or provincial associations. The Committee on Fellows and Awards review nominations and make recommendations to the Board of Directors who appoint fellows.[16]

Presidents

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The following have been Presidents of the Association:[17][18]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Contact - Canadian Psychological Association". 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  2. ^ "About CPA". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ "A Vision for the School of Psychology: Building Upon Our Strengths to Define Our Future" (PDF). University of Ottawa. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  4. ^ a b Conway, John B. (2013). "Review of A Chronicle of the Work of the CPA 1938-2010" (PDF). Canadian Psychology. 54 (2). Canadian Psychological Association: 133–134. doi:10.1037/a0031558.
  5. ^ "Science Directorate". Canadian Psychological Association. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  6. ^ "Practice Directorate". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  7. ^ "Accreditation". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  9. ^ "CPA membership". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  10. ^ "CPA Fellows". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  11. ^ "CPA Journals". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  12. ^ "Psynopsis". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  13. ^ "Mind Pad". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  14. ^ "CPA Award Descriptions". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  15. ^ "Student Awards". Canadian Psychological Association. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  16. ^ "CPA Fellows". Canadian Psychological Association. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  17. ^ CPA Past Presidents, 12 July 2018, retrieved 14 February 2019
  18. ^ Board of Directors, Canadian Psychological Association, 9 March 2018, retrieved 8 August 2022
  19. ^ "Gary P Latham - Rotman School of Management".
  20. ^ "Robert J. Vallerand".
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