History of the ECPC

Early career psychologists are the future of APA and our Society, representing 20-25% of APA members.

According to an APA Early Career Psychologist Survey, early career professionals (ECPCs) expressed concerns regarding a number of issues, including how to prepare for tenure; set up practice; secure extramural funding; balance demands of work and a young family; balance multiple job roles; and address significant debt.

In late 2010, the Society for Health Psychology Board of Directors set up an Early Career Professionals Council (ECPC) “to promote and enhance the involvement of early career psychologists by providing a defined voice and presence within Division affairs.”

The Council is composed of members who are within 10 years of completing their doctoral degrees and are engaged in establishing their professional careers. Council members work to promote the contributions and concerns of ECPCs in Society matters by (1) participation on relevant SfHP Councils and Committees and (2) promotion of training and professional development through programming at the Annual Meeting and other venues.

Early Career Professionals Survey (2011)

  • In the spring of 2011, we surveyed the ECPCs among SfHP membership to determine the needs of ECPCs in health psychology. You can access the results of the survey by clicking here.

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