Assessment Psychology is a specialty division for assessment psychologists
who are trained in the process of evaluating behavior and/or characteristics of individuals or
groups by integrating information from multiple data sources (i.e., tests, interviews, behavioral
observations, surveys, and other techniques) to derive an in-depth understanding of an individual.
Clinical Psychology is the scientific study of mental health, personality and everyday
adjustment. It is the branch of psychology engaged in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
psychological problems, i.e., mental, emotional and or behavioral problems. It is a specialty that
involves the application of psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and addressing
psychologically-based distress or dysfunction.
Counseling Psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal
functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related,
developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and
with a sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help
people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their
ability to live more highly functioning lives.
Developmental Psychology is the subdiscipline in Psychology that is concerned with the
nature of human development or change (in the cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, physical aspects)
throughout the life span. Developmental psychologists possess specialized knowledge of the developmental
characteristics, issues, and processes governing specific periods of life such as infancy, childhood,
adolescence, and adulthood. Moreover, they understand how broader contextual factors-such as family, peers,
culture, and society-influence and are influenced by individual development.
Educational Psychology is a specialty division for educational psychologists who are trained
psychologists with interest in research, teaching, or practice in educational settings at all levels. The work
of educational psychologists is concerned with theory, methodology, and applications to a broad spectrum of
teaching, training, and learning issues.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology is a division for Industrial-Organizational (I-O)
Psychologists who are trained psychologists who apply psychological theories, research methods, and
intervention strategies to people and groups in work and non work organizations. I/O psychologists play an
important role in making organizations more productive and ensuring physically and psychologically productive
and healthy lives for workers.
Social Psychology is that branch of psychology that studies social cognition, affect, and behavior.
It focuses on the individual within a group and how the presence of others (real or imagined) affects that
individual. Social psychologists study a broad spectrum of interests ranging from how an individual perceives
ones self to how that individual is influenced by others perception of him or her. Specific topics of study
include attribution, attitude and attitude change, stereotyping, prejudice, aggression, interpersonal attraction,
helping, group formation and processes, and conflict management.
Teaching Psychology Division is for all those concerned with training and development of strategies
in the teaching of psychology. The division does not require certification as psychology specialist.