Get a look inside the workings of the American Psychological Association with an assortment of reports, including the annual report of the association, reports from the staff of the Central Office, and reports of the various boards and committees.

Report Highlights

Annual reports of the entire American Psychological Association, including the treasurer’s report on financial operations.

  • 2017 Annual Report (full digital report)
    APA’s annual report characterized psychology as a force for good, and APA as a force for psychology. The report detailed APA’s efforts in 2017 to: expand the organization’s worldview; speak out for psychological science; pursue justice through psychology and the law; help the next generation of psychologists; build better, more psychologically healthy workplaces; and provide help in difficult times.
  • 2016 Annual Report (full digital report)
    APA continued its transformation in 2016 toward a leaner, more focused organization. Highlights included the launch of APA Style CENTRAL®; a $2 million award to APA’s Center for Psychology and Health to help train psychologists to work in integrated health care systems; a successful campaign to mobilize grassroots networks in support of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016; an increase in the number of graduate student internships; and the selection of Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, as APA’s next CEO. Executive summary (PDF, 3.7MB).
  • 2015 Annual Report (PDF, 4.8MB)
    APA in 2015 improved the internship imbalance, updated accreditation standards, instituted organizational changes through its Good Governance Project, dealt with the revelations of an independent review by an outside law firm, established a dedicated membership office, experienced growth in social media and website traffic, and expanded efforts to deliver a unified digital experience for APA members, customers, and staff.
  • 2014 Annual Report (PDF, 4.7MB)
    APA’s initiatives in 2014 included efforts to provide critical psychological information to aid in improving police–community relations, the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Fellowship Program, APA and the APA Practice Organization’s joint progress in ensuring Americans’ access to quality mental health services, and starting a “Stand for Science” grassroots psychological science advocacy campaign.
  • 2013 Annual Report (PDF, 3.8MB)
    In 2013, APA attended the National Conference on Mental Health; established two centers to focus on psychology’s role in health care and psychology’s contribution to organizational excellence; adopted structural changes to current APA governance; and released its panel of experts report, “Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy.”
  • 2012 Annual Report (PDF, 4.1MB)
    2012 focused on seven initiatives designed to reach the goals of our strategic plan: increase member engagement and value; analyze the demand for the psychology workforce to meet national needs; develop treatment guidelines; expand the association’s public education activities; reduce health disparities; forge strategic alliances with other health care professions; and promote graduate education and professional development.
  • 2011 Annual Report (PDF, 31.3MB)
    We focused in 2011 on multiple initiatives—all designed to further, support, and communicate the important work that psychologists do. This year we had the benefit of APA’s first-ever strategic plan as well as funding for seven initiatives specifically designed to execute the plan.
  • 2010 Annual Report (PDF, 16MB)
    In 2010 we continued our efforts to advance psychological practice and ensure the public’s access to high-quality psychological services, apply psychological science and expertise to pressing social issues, fulfill the goals of APA’s new strategic plan, and increase the public’s understanding of psychology as a science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) discipline.
  • 2009 Annual Report (PDF, 4.5MB)
    During 2009 we made great strides toward our goals of infusing psychology into the health care marketplace and of bringing psychology—and the unique skills of psychologists—to the attention of the public. Another major achievement of the year was the redesign of the association’s website.
  • 2008 Annual Report (PDF, 9MB)
    In 2008, we continued to work on initiatives, programs, and products that lend value to your psychology career, support the future of our discipline, and serve the public. Our goal is to strengthen your identity as a psychologist, support your connection to the broader psychology community, and help you make an even greater positive impact on the people, students, and communities you serve.
  • 2007 Annual Report (PDF, 2.7MB)
    During 2007 we continued to host three highly successful leadership conferences to discuss pressing issues and meet with federal legislators to advocate for legislation important to psychology. Also on the advocacy front, 2007 included a milestone win for psychology and the public we serve when the Senate passed the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007, something that APA and its members have actively worked for.
  • 2006 Annual Report (PDF, 2MB)
    Many activities in 2006 reinforced APA’s commitment to ensuring that psychology is prepared to meet the public needs that will be created by rapidly changing demographics. In 2006, APA also hosted successful leadership conferences in the areas of science, education, and practice, the cornerstones of the discipline.
  • 2005 Annual Report (PDF, 900KB)
    Among the most outstanding accomplishments of the association during the past year were two firsts: the first-ever Science Leadership Conference and the establishment of an Educational Advocacy Trust to support advocacy for psychology education initiatives at the federal level.
  • 2004 Annual Report (PDF, 950KB)
    During the past year, the association continued its mission of supporting the discipline of psychology and its application to society. One critical way the association supports the discipline is as a publisher and archivist of the psychological literature. Another is through its support for the pipeline of today’s psychology students into the discipline. Important initiatives in support of both of these functions were successfully completed in 2004.
  • 2003 Annual Report (PDF, 650KB)
    As the year began, energy was focused on an effort started in 2002 to bring the association’s annual budget back into balance after difficult years in 2001 and 2002. As you will read in the report of our Treasurer, Dr. Gerald Koocher, 2003 ended with a healthy surplus. This budget turnaround was the result of hard financial decisions.
  • 2002 Annual Report (PDF, 2MB)
    As is true in many communities across America, the terrorist attacks of September 2001 had a large impact on the activities and priorities of the association. Throughout 2002, and in addition to its regular activities, APA, in collaboration with other organizations and by working with its members, brought knowledge and expertise to policymakers and the public concerning terrorism, posttraumatic stress, and homeland security.
  • 2001 Annual Report (PDF, 477KB)
    APA works to create opportunities for collaboration between psychologists, between psychologists and other scientists and health care providers, and between psychology and other science and health disciplines. The association seeks to educate the public and to inform public policy on the basis of psychological knowledge, published in an impressive and ever-growing scholarly literature.
  • 2000 Annual Report (PDF, 9.7MB)
    Providing information, guidance, opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from across the discipline, and opportunities to continue to develop professional skills and building the public’s appreciation for psychology are some of what APA offers its members. In 2000, we made important strides in each area.
  • 1999 Annual Report (PDF, 10.5MB)
    As the 20th century closes, it is natural to gauge the growth of APA and of the discipline of psychology during the past 100 years. Over the course of the century, psychology and APA have grown from a narrowly defined field and an organization with relatively few followers to a rich and diverse discipline with a professional organization having an international membership of nearly 160,000.
  • 1998 Annual Report (PDF, 6MB)
    During 1998, APA became one of the largest scientific and professional organizations in the world as its membership grew to 155,000. Its more than 43,000 graduate student affiliate members assure continued growth in the future. At the same time, the association found ways to use new electronic communications technologies to bring the discipline’s literature closer to our members and to make services to them more efficient.
  • 1997 Annual Report (PDF, 11.7MB)
    Last year we began to report annual activities in a special format of the August issue of the American Psychologist. Your response to that report was quite positive; we are repeating the format again this year.
  • 1996 Annual Report (PDF, 7.5MB)
    Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Annual Report of the American Psychological Association. For years we have been bringing you the archival reports of the association in the August issue of the American Psychologist. This year we are trying to make the most important elements of these reports more inviting and reader friendly.

Commissions and committees report to the various boards and carry out a wide variety of tasks as indicated by their names, such as Ethics, Accreditation, and Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Subspecialties in Professional Psychology

Commission on Accreditation

Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education

Committee for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools

Committee on Aging

Committee on Animal Research and Ethics

Committee on Children, Youth and Families

Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

Committee on Early Career Psychologists

Committee on Education and Training Awards

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs

Committee on Human Research

Committee on International Relations in Psychology

Committee on Legal Issues

Committee on Psychology and AIDS

Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment

Committee on Rural Health

Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Committee on Socioeconomic Status

Committee on Women in Psychology

Continuing Education Committee

Designation Committee for Postdoctoral Education and Training Programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority

Ethics Committee

Finance Committee

Membership Committee

APA Task Forces are formed to deal with a specific question or problem and issue a report when their work is complete. Task Forces have studied sexual orientation, climate change, evidence-based practice for children, abortion, and much more.

COVID-19 Practitioner Survey

  • APA's COVID-19 Practitioner Surveys are conducted to understand the impact of the pandemic on psychologists and their patients as well as the needs of practitioners, including in regards to telehealth, as well as the demand for mental health services.

Stress in AmericaTM

  • The Stress in AmericaTM survey examines the state of stress across the country and its impact, including attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public, leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress, and the impact of stress on our lives.

Report on Diversity Activities

Work and Well-being

Follow the progress of APA’s Good Governance Project (GGP)—a multiyear effort to optimize the association's governing system for the needs of the 21st century.

Last updated: March 2021Date created: April 2009