Women's Programs Office, American Psychological Association
Tanya L. Burrwell, Assistant Director
Projects & Campaigns
A two-day national conference on October 17-18, 2011 which highlighted special issues concerning women with disabilities, including health disparities, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, heath conditions, reproductive health, psychological health, abuse, access to care and services, and health equity.
Reports & Resources
This task force report explores the characteristics, roles and status of women psychologists working in academic settings and documents the continued need for improvement in women's standing in academic institutions. (2000).
This guide discusses critical incidents and decisions that may confront women and ethnic minorities as they enter and progress through the academic pipeline. (1998).
This report by the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology Task Force/Textbook Initiative Work Group Provides suggestions and examples for publishers, authors, and instructors in order to help them advance psychology as an inclusive science. (2003).
It's common for women to experience the "baby blues" -- feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired, or weepy -- following their baby's birth. Whether your symptoms are mild or sever, recovery is possible with proper treatment.
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance, occurring at a time of major life change and increased responsibilities in the care of a newborn infant. PPD can have significant consequences for both the new mother and family.
Information on risk factors for depression in women and what is needed to better understand and treat women with depression.
This report outlines the proceedings and recommendations resulting from the 2000 Summit, which brought together more than 35 internationally renowned experts from a variety of disciplines to provide a state-of-the-art review of research findings on women and depression. (2000)
This report assesses the significance and implications of the increase in the number of women entering the discipline of psychology. (1995). For more information, contact the Women's Programs Office.
This report provides data on the numbers of women participating as members and serving in leadership roles in psychology, including in divisions; in state associations; on the boards and committees that make up APA's governance structure; in the publications process as editors, associate editors, and reviewers; and in APA's central office. (2006).
This briefing paper provides a summary of recent research on the powerful and negative impact of mental health problems, such as depression, and on the high prevalence of mental health problems among poor women.
Learn what actions employers can undertake to help minimize the psychological impact of terrorist violence.
This report explores the cognitive and emotional consequences, consequences for mental and physical health, and impact on development of a healthy sexual self-image. (2007).
Publication of this CWP anniversary report was made possible by the generous contributions of time, memories, and photographs by current and former members and friends of the Committee.
A reprint of an article originally published by the CWP to help patients understand the impact of sex with their psychotherapist and provide information on resources available should such a relationship occur.
This is a report of the Division 35 Task Force on Women, Poverty and Public Assistance providing information on key areas of welfare reform that should be addressed, sympathetically interpreted or amended in the legislation current at that time in order to ensure the long-term goal of self-sufficiency for women on public assistance.
The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion reached its conclusions after evaluating all of the empirical studies published in English in peer-reviewed journals since 1989 that compared the mental health of women who had an induced abortion to comparison groups of women, or that examined factors that predict mental health among women who have had an elective abortion in the United States. The task force, formed in 2006, was charged with collecting, examining and summarizing the scientific research addressing mental health factors associated with abortion, including the psychological responses following abortion.
This report describes a study that assessed the significance and implications of the increase in the number of women entering the discipline of psychology over two decades.
This report outlines research priorities pertaining to specific diseases and health practices that significantly affect women.
This report outlines the proceedings and recommendations resulting from the 2000 Summit, which brought together more than 35 internationally renowned experts from a variety of disciplines to provide a state-of-the-art review of research findings on women and depression, make recommendations on how these findings can be reflected in health policy and incorporated into practice, and generate a targeted research agenda on women and depression.
This publication considers the characteristics, roles and status of women psychologists working in academic settings and documents the continued need for improvement in women's standing in academic institutions.
This report examines the number of women in APA, their distribution across the subfields of psychology and their representation in the APA.
This American Psychologist article summarizes and updates the report of the Task Force on the Status of Women in Academe (APA Task Force on Women in Academe, 2000), a group established by the APA Council of Representatives "to delineate and evaluate issues associated with recruitment, retention, and progress of women psychologists throughout their careers in academe."
Actions employers can undertake to help minimize and ameliorate the psychological impact of terrorism violence.
This brochure highlights the psychological consequences of intimate partner violence, the forms of psychological aggression, how to screen/recognize signs of violence, as well as safety planning information.
This document outlines actions of APA's Council of Representatives over the past 30 years in response to the issues raised in the historic 52 demands relating to resolutions that dealt with employment, education, child and healthcare facilities, psychological theories and practice, conventions, equity in decision making and the general status of women.
Call for Proposals: Deadline July 8, 2011
Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
October 17-18, 2011 in Washington, DC
The American Psychological Association invites submissions of proposals for an interactive, interdisciplinary conference, “Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities”. We seek proposals for poster presentations, papers, and symposia regarding women with disabilities that address the following topics: Health Disparities and Equity; Access to Healthcare; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Reproductive Health and Sexual Health; Psychosocial Health; Interpersonal Violence and Violence Prevention; Disability across the Lifespan; and Legal Guidance and Public Policy. The conference is cosponsored with the Howard University Women’s Health Institute and Gallaudet University and will be held at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC on October 17 - 18, 2011. By promoting the exchange of knowledge and information among psychologists, other health care providers, researchers, educators, policymakers, women with disabilities and advocates, this conference aims to foster an integrated health care agenda that will improve health outcomes for women with disabilities. Call for Proposals deadline is July 8, 2011.
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