Welcome to the website of the Society for the History of Psychology (SHP), Division 26 of the American Psychological Association (APA). We are an international organization of scholars, teachers, and members whose interests and scholarship are concerned with understanding the historical events and important people who have shaped the development of psychological thought and practice.
My 2019 central presidential initiative focuses on a critical history of the present. I would like to see our division use critical history to understand pressing contemporary issues and topics in psychology and in society.
What can history tell us about the shape, subject matter, controversies, and trends in contemporary psychology? Examples include: ethics, methodological controversies, and changes in professional licensing, training, and practice.What can critical history of psychology tell us about pressing social issues such as racial profiling, political divisiveness, and the environment?