Why join SSCP? Membership allows participation in a vibrant organization
that is a unique voice for clinical science. As highlighted below, membership
in SSCP provides a number of benefits and contributes to the broader goal of
promoting science in clinical psychology.
The members of SSCP influence the policies and programs of Division 12 and APA.
We have a Representative on the Division 12 Executive Committee. This is
critical as we continue to encounter training and credentialing issues. A
number of our members have served as officers of Division 12 including
presidents of the Division (e.g., David Barlow, Martin Seligman, Jerry Davison,
to name just a few). Other SSCP members have served on the Division 12 Task
Force on the Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Interventions
(involved in the identification of empirically supported treatments). Our
members’ involvement with Division 12 and APA provides opportunities for SSCP’s
views to be heard within APA. SSCP also sponsors symposia and a student poster
session at the annual APA meetings in conjunction with Division 12. Although we
work closely to influence activities and policy within APA, members of SSCP do
not need to be members of either Division 12 or APA.
SSCP provides representation for clinical science within the Association for
Psychological Science (APS; formerly the American Psychological Society). No
other clinical organization provides a voice across the two major national
psychology organizations. Within APS, we typically have at least one member of
the Executive Board from SSCP serving on the convention program committee. This
provides an additional opportunity for science-based clinical presentations at
a national psychological conference. Additionally, we offer a student poster
session at APS with an annual student poster award.
Another substantial activity of SSCP is to recognize and support outstanding
achievements in scientific clinical psychology. This includes awards to both
established investigators and exceptional graduate students. We provide an
annual Distinguished Scientist Award to individuals who have made major
contributions to clinical psychology and who represent the goals of SSCP by
demonstrating the integration of science and practice. As noted above, we have
sponsored SSCP student poster sessions at both APA and APS. As part of the
student poster sessions, the Executive Board meets with each presenter to
discuss their research as part of our effort to cultivate and reward student
research involvement. Students with outstanding posters at APA and APS receive
a $200 award. We also have annual SSCP Dissertation Grant Awards, which provide
support for student research and reward the outstanding science being conducted
by our student members ($2,500 in dissertation grants were awarded in 2005).
In addition to providing student awards, we seek to support student training in
other ways, including the SSCP Internship Directory. We have developed and
published a guide to science-based training and clinical research experiences
offered by internship programs that is not available from any other resource.
The Directory allows students and faculty to obtain detailed information on
training resources, opportunities to receive training in empirically supported
treatments, and clinical research opportunities. We have sought to minimize the
cost to students and in 2004 published the SSCP Internship Directory online so
that students could have free access to this unique resource.
SSCP facilitates communication among our members. Our website provides a
clearing house of information to our members including links to other sites.
The SSCP listserv (SSCPNET) allows members to have ongoing discussions
regarding a wide range of issues involving training and research. These
discussions often include key figures within unfolding national debates. The
SSCP Newsletter Clinical Science (available to
members on the web site) provides another forum for lively debates and the
exchange of ideas.