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Welcome! The Connecticut Psychological Association, as the voice of psychology in our state, welcomes members, students, consumers, and visitors to our Association and its website. CPA’s mission is to further the development and usefulness of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Founded in 1963 as a successor to the worthy traditions of the Connecticut Valley Association of Psychologists and the Connecticut State Psychological Society, the Connecticut Psychological Association is the Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association.


October 24, 2014: Connecticut Psychological Association Annual Convention. The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, CT; 8am-4pm. CE Credits available. Keynote speaker, David Tolin, PhD, ABPP, Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the The Institute of Living, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, will present Empirically supported treatments: What’s working and what’s not. This year’s 28th Annual Convention will also feature forensic, pediatric, and practice issue tracks. COMPLETE CONVENTION DETAILS are now available. Register before August 6th for Early Bird Registration Rates.


Do you have research or other work you would like to share with colleagues at the upcoming convention? Poster Proposals are still being accepted. Submit to Dr. Pamela Huebner by September 30th.


The Kids Who Beat Autism:  “In the last 18 months… two research groups have released rigorous, systematic studies, providing the best evidence yet that in fact a small but reliable subset of children really do overcome autism.” (Ruth Padawer, 7.31.14).  Read full NYTimes Magazine article here…

Strategies for reducing end of summer stress:  Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten, returning from a long summer vacation or going to a new school, back to school time can be overwhelming for many parents, children and teens.  More Here…

Magellan Health to Offer Expanded Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services. See Market Watch story here

News8 Health News features Stamford company, Framework, recipient of CPA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and one of three recipients of The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards’ (PHWA) Best Practices Honors. See WTNH story here.





Psychology in the IslandsAloha. Drs. Jan Owens-Lane and Alma Elder traveled to Hawaii and interviewed 3 island psychologists. See below for an introduction to the Hawaii Psychological Association & each article of a three-part series.

“President-elect, Marie Terry-Bivens, explained that, on Kaua’i, standing and reputation in the community are earned exclusively through working with others in helpful and respectful ways. Letters behind one’s name typically don’t mean a thing to clients… ” Full Part III article…

The demand for neuropsychological skill is great in Kaua’i but the terrain is an unfamiliar one, which the psychologist must chart- as Dr. Gilstein has.” Full Part II article…

“… being a member of a minority can feel like “standing behind the curtain.” However, professional associations can help to change this by promoting diversity initiatives and by promoting leadership of ethnically diverse members.”  Full Part I article…

The Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA) shares many similarities with the sister SPTA here in Connecticut. Both associations are small in size and face the challenges of membership recruitment and retention.  Read more…


From the Leadership

Continuing Education (CE’s) will be Required for Psychologists as of October 1, 2014. Psychologists will soon be required to meet yearly continuing education requirements, joining every other mental health professional in the state with this requirement, and nearly every other state in the nation. The law will go into effect on October 1, 2014. See Legislative Page for more information.

A Little Bit of Everything.  Book recommendations for end of summer reading include Spark; Still Alice; Thinking, Fast and Slow; and The Light Between Oceans.  See full list of Book recommendations.  And for a list of member-authored books, click here.

America’s most vulnerable comedian jokes about her psychology:  “Narrating the particulars of her psychology,which also include a history of binge-eating and having suicidal thoughts, Bamford displays little in the way of anguish and nothing resembling self-pity. She appears before audiences simply as vulnerable…” See NYTimes article here. 


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