Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
American Psychological Association, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology)
Thomas C. Dalton
Founded in 1946, Division 7 comprises developmental psychologists and members of the American Psychological Association (APA) from several disciplines who study or work in the area of human development. The division pursues several objectives involving the promotion of research in the field of developmental psychology and fostering the development of researchers by providing information about educational opportunities. The division also recognizes outstanding contributions to the discipline and facilitates the exchange of scientific information about developmental psychology through publications, such as the division's newsletter, and through national and international meetings. Finally, Division 7 promotes high standards for the application of scientific knowledge in human development to public policy issues. This entry will focus on the division's activities in applied developmental psychology (see Dalton, 1997, for a comprehensive history of the division). The founding president of the division was John E. Anderson, who had previously served as president of the APA and ...