Committee Reports

Membership Committee Report

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

Leann T. Diederich, Ph.D., Membership Chair

APA recently released the demographic characteristics for all Divisions for the 2014 membership year, so I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know a bit about who we, as a group of almost four hundred Division 49 members, are.

Across all types of Division members (e.g., associate, fellows, members) we are 61% men and 38% women. We are predominately White (78%), with 16% unspecified in race, and less than 3% Black and Hispanic, and less than 1% Asian or multiracial. As has been true for a number of years, 71% of all members are over the age of 60, with the mean age of 66 years old. However, 11% of members in 2014 were early-career psychologists (ECPs). Most of us live in the Middle Atlantic (26%), followed by the South Atlantic (18%), and the Pacific region (15%).

While we all share a common bond of a love of group, in what ever form, most of us are in the health service provider subfield (71%; including clinical and counseling psychology), with 10% in other fields such as counselor education, 6% in research, and 8% with a “science designation”. Members identified their primary work settings including 38% in independent practice, 26% in university or four year colleges, and 12% of all members working in a hospital. However, when members are asked to identify their work activities, you can see a more representative split between the founding traditions of our Division (research, practice, and education). Sixty-seven members selected research as one of their work activities, 95 members selected education, and 100 members selected mental health services (note that these choices are not mutually exclusive). However, when members are asked to choose their primary work activity, 47% choose mental health services, 16% choose education, 9% choose management/administration, and only 7% choose research (18% did not specify).

Division 49 members are not exclusive, we also belong to other APA divisions. In fact, 42% belong to four or more other divisions with only 19% belonging to only one division. The divisions with the most overlap in membership to ours, include: Psychotherapy (Division 29; 102 members belong to that division as well), Psychologists in Independent Practice (Division 42; 95 members), Clinical Psychology (Division 12; 75 members), Counseling Psychology (Division 17; 69 members), Psychoanalysis (Division 39; 53 members), Personality and Social (Division 8; 43 members), and Psychology of Women (Division 35; 43 members).

If you are interested in the full data set, check out the Division Profiles: