Become a Member

Categories of membership defined in the APPA constitution:


Members are individuals living in and outside of the United States who have made important contributions to knowledge of psychopathology, but not to the extent required for fellows. Candidates for membership may be nominated by APPA members or may self-nominate for membership. A nomination statement should be sent to the Membership Chair summarizing the qualifications of the candidate, and should include the candidate’s current CV.


Fellows are individuals living in and outside of the United States who have made important, original, and independent contributions to knowledge of psychopathology. Candidates for fellowship must be nominated in writing by two active fellows. Active fellows who are nominating new candidates for fellowship should submit their letters of nomination to the Membership Chair, along with a copy of the candidate’s current CV.

Trainee member

Trainee members consist of post-doctoral fellows and residents who are active in a formal training program. Such members may vote, but may not nominate new members. Following the completion of a maximum of five years as a trainee member, trainee members may be nominated for active membership in the usual fashion. To be nominated for trainee membership, an adviser or member of APPA would need to write a letter on behalf of the trainee. 

Life fellows/members

Are active fellows or members of at least fifteen years' duration who, upon retirement from professional activities, may choose to request this category of membership. They shall continue to receive information about association activities. They may continue to nominate other members and vote on Association business. They can continue to provide financial support to the association using the contribution opportunities.  

Annual timeline for membership applications

In order to be considered for membership at the annual meeting each year, all materials must be received by Membership Chair, Dr. Helen Wilson ([email protected]), by February 1st. The APPA Council reviews and approves the list of candidates. Then, the approved roster is presented to all fellows/members attending the annual meeting for a final vote. The membership term begins at the end of the annual meeting at which an individual's nomination was voted upon, and continues through the next year's annual meeting. After membership is approved, a new member may register for the next year's annual meeting as a member.

Provisional membership

Nomination materials received by November 22, 2019, will be be screened for provisional acceptance of the new member prior to the meeting registration deadline, thereby enabling such individuals to register with the reduced member rate for the upcoming 2020 meeting. Final approval of these new members will then be voted on by the full APPA membership at the Business Meeting as usual. Once membership is approved at the annual meeting, membership dues will be paid for that year. 



How to apply for membership

Those interested in being a part of the APPA can initiate the application process on their own behalf by contacting the Membership Chair ([email protected]) with the relevant materials (see above for membership-level nomination) or by contacting two colleagues who are current fellows in good standing and asking them to nominate for fellowship. The Secretary notifies all newly elected members and fellows within a few weeks of the annual meeting. In subsequent years they must also pay annual dues. 



Member in good standing:

In order to remain in good standing, members must attend at least one annual meeting every three years for United States residents and at least every sixth year for non-US residents. Members also pay annual dues.

The annual dues for Fellows and Members is $175.

The annual dues for Trainee Members is $75.

The annual dues for Lifetime Members and Lifetime Fellows is $50.

For further information, please contact Dr. Helen Wilson.