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