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Psychology’s McHugh Assumes National Leadership Role

In January 2014, Maureen McHugh, PhD, professor of Psychology, became chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

CWP is a prestigious and productive committee of APA, whose mission is to use psychology to address the mental health of women and girls and to monitor and improve the status of women within APA and psychology. In 2013, CWP celebrated its 40th anniversary, and, as a member of CWP, McHugh received a presidential citation from APA, and coauthored an article on the history and purpose of CWP, published in December in the premier journal in the field, Psychology of Women  Quarterly.

Chrisler, J.C., de las Fuentes, C., Durvasula, R.S., Esnil, E.M., McHugh, M.C, Miles-Cohen, S.E., Williams, J.L., & Wisdom, J.P. (2013). The American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology: 40 years of contributions to the transformation of psychology. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 444-454.

The article sets the context for the founding of the CWP and briefly describes the history of feminist critique of, and activism within, organized psychology in the United States. From its inception to the present day, CWP has been known as an activist group. This article reviews some of the major contributions CWP has made over four decades in service of the feminist transformation of psychology. 

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