AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE BUSINESS MEETING
August 25, 2001
1. CALL TO ORDER
Mark Galizio called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dr. Laties moved approval of the minutes. Dr. Marr seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously by the members in attendance.
Dr. Galizio announced the appointment of Kurt Salzinger as Executive Director of the Science Directorate, and announced Dr. Salzinger's op-ed initiative to gain greater visibility for psychological science. Dr. Alferink reminded members that they are invited to a reception hosted by the Science Directorate.
4. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Dr. Galizio summarized a written report submitted to the Executive Committee by Dr. Madden,
noting an increase in new regular members, new student members, and in new/renewing affiliate members, but an overall decline in division membership. Dr. Galizio urged members to recruit their colleagues to APA and Division 25 membership. Dr. Marr suggested using Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) membership lists for recruitment purposes. Dr. Gershensen suggesting inviting representatives of the Science and Practice Directorates to make presentations at the ABA convention. Dr. Morris suggested providing special Division 25 stickers for division members to affix to their ABA convention name badges, and asked whether APA could be induced to provide a greater discount on membership fees to ABA members. Several in attendance thought that further fee reductions were unlikely. Dr. Pitts suggested that Division 25 hold a hospitality suite or reception at the AB convention. Dr. Pilgrim suggested publicizing the APA awards at the ABA convention, and offered to announce these awards at the ABA opening ceremony. As the new Editor of he Behavior Analyst, Dr. Pilgrim also suggested that addresses given by Division 25 award recipients might be published in that journal.
5. PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Dr. Galizio congratulated Dr. Pelaez on organizing a fine program. Dr. Pelaez noted all Division sessions were co-listed with other divisions, which may help to improve attendance. Dr. Dube reported on the new program cluster system, to be imposed by the Board of Convention Affairs for the 2002 convention. Divisions will receive18 hours of dedicated program time plus 6 hours of "cluster time" to be organized collaboratively with several other divisions and which should include "something popular and "something entertaining."
Dr. Gershensen expressed concern that there are few, if any, posters at this year's convention relevant to the division. Dr. Galizio indicated that efforts to increase poster participation have not paid off in the past. Dr. Hineline suggested recruiting posters from people who live nearby the convention, and Dr. Dube proposed that the Program Chair send invitations to graduate training programs in the vicinity.
6. COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES
Dr. Eckerman reported that no issues of special import to the Division currently are under discussion.
7. FELLOWS COMMITTEE
Dr. Galizio announced seven new Division 25 fellows: Larry Alferink, Alyce Dickinson, Gina Green, Jason Leonard, Martha Pelaez, Carol Pilgrim, and Joseph Plaud.
8. AWARDS COMMITTEE
Dr. Friman announced the following award recipients: Hake Award -- Steven Higgins; Keller Award -- Charles reenwood and Joel Delquadri; Skinner Award -- Dorthea Lerman; Basic Research Award -- Kennan A. Lattal; Applied Research Award -- Edward Carr; Dissertation Award -- Richard Keen and Cynthia J. Pietras.
9. DIVISION 25 RECORDER
Dr. Galizio expressed concern that the Recorder has not been published recently and indicated that attempts are underway to revive it.
10. PSYCSCAN COMMITTEE
Dr. Alferink reported that subscriptions to PsycScan are down markedly and the journal is certain to be cancelled eventually by APA. A modified product, which will retain PsycScan's abstracting function but add additional content, is under discussion as a possible transition to publishing a new journal with the goal of achieving wider dissemination of behavior analysis and achieving greater linkage of basic and applied areas.
11. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Dr. Thyer indicated that he will use the listserv to inform the members when nominations are needed for upcoming elections.
12. FINANCIAL REPORT AND BUDGET
Dr. Alferink noted that, as of December 30, 2000, the division had assets of #38,384.59. Income totaled $9,546.52, with expenses totaling $4,620.91. Thus, income exceeded expenses by $4,925.61. For the ongoing 2001 budget year, through August 20, 2001, the division had assets of $44,648.99, with annual income totaling 9,152.00 and expenses totaling$3,298.76. Thus far, income has exceeded expenses by $5,853.24. The Executive Committee approved a budget for 2002 projecting income of $8,500.00 and expenses of $8,500.00.
13. NEW BUSINESS
No new business was proposed.
The Business Meeting adjourned at 4:42 p.m.
Thomas S. Critchfield
Division 25 Secretary