Current Society for Health Psychology Bylaws
(Revision: August 8, 2015)
Article I – Name and Purpose
a. The name of this organization shall be the Society for Health Psychology (“SfHP” or “the Society” hereafter).
b. The purpose/mission of this organization shall be to: a) advance the science of the psychology of health, which includes the promotion of health and wellbeing and prevention and management of illness and disability; (b) support evidence-based applications of health psychology across the lifespan; (c) promote competencies-based education and training in health psychology; and (d) disseminate health psychology to the public, professionals, scholars, institutions, policy, and law.
The original by-laws are found in Appendix A.
Article II – Membership
a. Membership of the Division shall include four classes, viz., Fellows, Members, Associates and Affiliates. The requirements for the first three of these classes shall be those provided by the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association (“APA” or “the Association” hereafter) except as noted below. All applicants for membership must present evidence of interest in furthering the goals of the Society.
b. Associates or Members of the American Psychological Association wishing to join the Society may do so at the same rank they hold in the Association. Fellows in other divisions of the Association join the Society for Health Psychology as Members. The designation of Fellow in the Society for Health Psychology is only conferred following a positive recommendation by the Society’s Fellows Committee and ratification by the Association’s Membership Committee. Individuals who are neither Members nor Associates of the American Psychological Association may join the Society for Health Psychology as Affiliates (Professional, International, or Student).
c. Only Fellows and Members shall have the right to vote.
d. The Treasurer/Secretary will make a recommendation for any changes in dues. This recommendation will be voted on by the SfHP Executive Committee and voting members attending the SfHP Membership Meeting at the APA Annual Convention. Any changes approved by the SfHP Executive Committee must be ratified by a simple majority of those members attending the SfHP Membership Meeting.
Article III – Officers
a. The Officers of the Society shall consist of a President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer/Secretary, and three Members-at-Large. Each shall perform the usual duties of the respective office and specific duties provided elsewhere in these Bylaws or as assigned by the Executive Committee.
b. There shall be Representatives to the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association in numbers permitted by the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association, who shall be elected for terms of three years, the terms being staggered in such a manner as to provide continuity in representation on the Council. These individuals are referred to as APA Council Representatives in this document, and classified as Officers in official APA documents.
c. Candidates for elected office in the Society shall be Fellows or Members of the Society. Officers shall be elected by electronic voting coordinated by the APA Elections Office.
d. There shall be three Members-at-Large, who shall be elected for terms of three years, the terms being staggered in such a manner as to provide continuity in representation of the members’ needs and opinions.
Article IV – Councils and Committees
a. The Councils and Committees of the Society shall consist of such standing Councils and Committees as may be provided by these Bylaws and such special groupings as may be established by the Executive Committee. In accordance with Article V, Section 7 of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association, all Councils and Committees shall be subject to review by the Association’s Board of Directors.
b. The President, the Past-President, the President-Elect, the Treasurer/Secretary, the three Members-at-Large, and the APA Council Representatives shall constitute the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Society, performing the duties and abiding by the limitations specified in these Bylaws. Actions of the Executive Committee affecting Society protocol are subject to general approval by majority vote of the members voting. The voting for such matters shall be conducted at an annual meeting or by special electronic ballots as decided by the Executive Committee.
c. In addition to the Executive Committee, the Society shall have Committees, some of which are overseen by Chairs and may be organized into Councils based on their activities. The purpose of the Councils and Committees is to provide communication, oversight, and coordination of major Society interests, activities, and goals; and to accommodate future growth and activity within the Society. Each Council is comprised of its constituent Committees, appropriate liaisons and monitors, and other Council and Committee members relevant to the activities of the Council. Each Council is overseen by a Council Chair, to whom Committee Chairs and other Council members report. Council and Committee Chairs typically will be asked to serve a three-year commitment. In the case of the Student Council, Program Committee, and Nominations Committee, chairs will serve one year as chair-elect, one year as chair, and one year as past-chair.
Article V – Activities
a. The annual meeting of the Society shall take place during the annual convention of the Association, at the same locality, for the transaction of business, the presentation of scientific papers, and the discussion of professional matters in the field of the Society’s interest. The Society shall seek to coordinate its programs with, and participate in, the program of the Association.
b. The Society may issue a newsletter for purposes of coordinating and disseminating news or for other purposes.
c. The Society may maintain a website to facilitate access to information and other resources for its membership and for interested individuals.
- The Society may publish a scientific journal to disseminate peer-reviewed science.
- The Society may plan and sponsor continuing education programming to keep health
psychologists up to date on science and practice.
f. The Society may sponsor awards or recognition programs to promote excellence in research, practice, education, and public interest.
Article VI – Amendments
a. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any annual meeting of the Society; by a similar proportion of those replying to a mail or electronic ballot of the eligible membership; or by electronic voting coordinated by the APA Elections Office.
b. The outcome of other matters requiring the assent of the membership (e.g., Society officers, apportionment) may be determined by electronic voting coordinated by the APA Elections Office.