The Society of Indian Psychologists is the only free-standing professional association for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are psychologists or psychologists-in-training. Since its inception, the Society has always welcomed Indians and Natives from other disciplines. Likewise, non-Indian psychologists and others are invited to affiliate. The Society's purpose is to advance psychology as a science in service to Native peoples of the Americas. Research on Indian and Native concerns is one important avenue; another is the application of psychological knowledge and techniques to Indian issues. The goals of the society are to promote the:
• Well-being of Indians and Natives in the Americas
• Transferring and dissemination of skills and knowledge among Indian and Native communities, institutions of higher learning, health centers, and other entities
• Development of state-of-the-art practice and research
• Development of policy making at the tribal, state, and federal levels that is responsive to the needs of Indian and Native communities; and
• Quality of undergraduate and graduate training in psychology such that Indian and Native students feel supported and Indian/Native perspectives are honored.
More than 100 years old, the American Psychological Association is the major organization of psychologists and psychologists-in-training in the world. Following are some of the services for prospective and current students.
Student affiliates Undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in psychology are eligible for membership in APA as student affiliates. Student affiliates receive many benefits, including free subscriptions to the American Psychologist journal The APA Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH, the quarterly magazine written especially for psychology students.
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) was created by graduate students as a means of establishing communication between students and other members of the psychological community, including universities, training centers, and other members of the APA governance structure.
The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs has helpful resources regarding scholarships and other issues.
Is Psychology the Major for You? is among the more than 500 books published by the APA Getting In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology. Graduate Study in Psychology and Associated Fields summarizes more than 600 programs of study in psychology, requirements for admission for each program, deadlines for applications, and other details potential applicants need to know about specific school.
Part of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health promotes the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages through research, training, continuing education, technical assistance and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural context of this special population.
ExploreHEALTHCareers.org is a multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.
The website for Indian Health Service: Behavioral Health describes programs, events, opportunities and more. Scholarship information is at the IHS Scholarship page.
Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For both clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists there is information about educational needs, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIMH’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. NIMH’s support for training includes individual fellowship programs, individual career development programs, institutional training programs, and training programs that promote diversity.
NIMH also supports more than 2,000 research grants and contracts at institutions across the country and overseas. Approximately 500 scientists work in the NIMH intramural research program. These scientists range from molecular biologists working in laboratories to clinical researchers working with patients at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
The website of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is good source of information for students interested in careers in the biomedical and other sciences. SACNAS’ mission is to encourage Native American and Chicano/Latino students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for careers in scientific research and teaching. For more than 30 years SACNAS has taken a leadership role in expanding and enhancing opportunities for minorities in academia and the scientific workforce.
The “Psychologists” section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website includes the nature of the work, needed training, employment, job outlook, projects, earnings, and wages.
Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.