Graduate Faculty Interested in the Psychology of Women 2005

The American Psychological Association receives many requests for information concerning women faculty and psychology of women courses at various colleges and universities. In response to these requests, the Women’s Programs Office of the Public Interest Directorate periodically surveys graduate departments of psychology about their activities relevant to women and/or women’s issues in psychology.

This survey project was completely revised and reformatted in 2004. In particular, the questionnaire was significantly shortened and the data will now be presented in an on-line database, which enables users to search for graduate departments in psychology by state/region, by alphabetical order and by departments that offer courses in the psychology of women and/or gender. Also, as an additional resource to users, a list of Guiding Questions has been developed as a guide when seeking a graduate program.

The information presented in this database reflects responses that were gathered from questionnaires distributed to 756 psychology department chairs throughout the U.S. and Canada in May 2004, with a follow-up mailing in July; follow-up emails were sent to the nonresponding departments, and a blank questionnaire was posted on the Women’s Programs Office website for easy access in October. In a final effort, faxes were sent to the remaining departments that had yet to respond in December. Overall, a total of 368 questionnaires were returned for a 48.7% response rate.*

Users should keep in mind that faculty, research or teaching roles, and courses change.
*It is important that individuals follow-up with the sponsoring institutions listed for more complete information.*

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Guiding Questions

Although the survey information provides a good starting point for persons researching coverage of women’s issues in graduate programs, users may also want to consider the following list of guiding questions.

1. Are there faculty in this department who are involved with clinical assessment and/or treatment of women as a focus?

2. Is there a formal women’s studies program on this campus (outside of the psychology department)?

3. How many full-time and/or part-time faculty are there in this department?

4. What is the ratio of male to female faculty?

There also questions that may need to be answered by offices outside of the psychology department (i.e., Administrative Offices, Student Affairs Office, etc.).

5. Does this institution have a sexual harassment policy?

6. Are there women’s support groups on campus?

7. Is there a women’s center?

8. What are the provisions for housing, day care, health insurance, etc?

Additional Resources:

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)

Surviving and Thriving in Academia: A Guide for Women and Minorities

Directory of Selected Scholarship, Fellowship, and Other Financial Aid Opportunities
for Women and Ethnic Minorities in Psychology and Related Fields

gradPSYCH Magazine

Graduate Study in Psychology, 2005 Edition ($$)

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