Rehabilitation Psychology is a specialty area within psychology that focuses on the study and application of psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to maximize health and welfare, independence and choice, functional abilities, and social role participation across the lifespan. We welcome visitors of this site to learn more about the field of Rehabilitation Psychology and join the Division (Division 22 of the American Psychological Association).
Rehabilitation Psychology 2018
Promoting access & inclusion
February 22-25, 2018 | The Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX
Celebrating Rehabilitation Psychology's social justice, human rights and advocacy mission.
REHAB SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT
A Message from Rehabilitation Psychology President
Michelle A, Meade, PhD
I am honored to have been elected as President of Rehabilitation Psychology and have the opportunity to serve this division. I have been a member of Division 22 since my postdoctoral fellowship and consider it my professional home.
I am especially fortunate to be coming into this role at this time, benefitting from the mentorship of past-presidents Dr. Lisa Brenner and Dr. Kate Brown and the contributions that they and others have made in re-articulating the mission and vision for the organization and facilitating a strategic planning process.
The work that has been done over the past few years is essential and reinforces the stability of the foundation from which we will continue to move forward. However, there are still many steps that have to be taken to implement the vision and achieve our identified objectives. Some of these steps will be procedural – such as reviewing and updating bylaws and procedures to ensure consistency between them. Other steps will require more innovation and outreach, as we move to becoming the premier source of psychological knowledge regarding disability and chronic health conditions. All of them are important.
So, as we move forward, I would like to encourage each of you to get involved (or maybe more involved) with Rehabilitation Psychology. Join a section or SIG. Ask about participating in a committee. Submit a presentation – or a proposal for a workshop – to the RP18 Midyear Conference. The more you are involved with Division activities and members, the more you will get out of your membership and the more you will benefit both personally and professionally.
Moreover, if we are going to advance our mission and truly lead the community of psychologists who, through research, practice, education and advocacy, enhance the well-being of people living with disability or chronic health conditions (as we articulated in our mission statement), we need all need to be working together and encouraging one another in this journey.
I look forward to traveling this path with you in the year ahead.