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Resources in the Field of Psychology

Psychology Associations

There are two main associations that focus on the field of psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. 

American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (www.apa.org) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

APA provides:

  • information for people considering undergraduate studies in psychology. It explores whether psychology is the right path for you, possible careers it prepares you for, how to navigate your undergraduate psychology studies, how to find a job with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and many other topics of interest to psychology majors and people curious about majoring in psychology. 
  • lists of graduate programs, listings of scholarships grants and awards, careers that doctoral level training can lead to and APA style for writing. 
  • access to the Psychology Student Network with information on how to get a job with a bachelors in psychology, how to study, applying for grad school, summer science fellowships and opportunities, and many more topics of interest to psychology majors and other interested students.

 

Association for Psychological Science

The Association for Psychological Science (www.psychologicalscience.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

The student publications section of the APS provides great articles on applying for graduate school, finding the right graduate program, preparing for the GRE, asking for letters of recommendation, differences between a PsyD and a PhD, and a number of other topics.

Student Handbook

A link to the psychology major student handbook (PDF).

Useful Web Links

Pre-Professional Psychology Opportunities
This site includes information on internships, extra-mural research, graduate programs, and other career guidance.

Help Paying for Grad School
The Armed Forces has a program for those seeking clinical credentials in the health professions which will pay tuition and a living expense stipend in return for some years of service in the military practicing your profession.  It is called the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP).  Clinical Psychologist (PhD or PsyD) and Clinical Social Worker are two supported professions.

 

Books

Some books you might buy or get through a library (perhaps your hometown library, the City of Wheaton Library, Buswell, or Inter Library Loan):

  • Kuther, T. L., & Morgan, R. D. (2010). Careers in psychology: Opportunities in a changing world. Australia: Wadsworth/CENGAGE Learning.
  • Kuther, T. L. (2006). The psychology major's handbook. Australia: Thomson/Wadsworth.
  • Prinstein, M. J. (2013). The portable mentor: Expert guide to a successful career in psychology. New York, NY: Springer.
    This is a dowloadable ebook available through Buswell.
  • Landrum, R. E., & Davis, S. F. (2013). The psychology major: Career options and strategies for success. Boston: Pearson.
    This is in Buswell 150.23 L238p
  • Hettich, P. I., & Landrum, R. E. (2014). Your undergraduate degree in psychology: From college to career.
    This is in Buswell: 150.23 H475y

In Buswell, you can keep up with the latest resources using a subject search of “Psychology Vocational Assistance.”