Division 51 seeks to recognize and promote pathways for boys and men to live healthy and positive lives, and also to identify and redress the effects of restrictive masculinities.  We do this through psychological science, education, advocacy, and clinical practice. In doing so, we aim to promote equality for people of all genders.

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Alyssa Dye, a graduate student, shares her perspectives. 

When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining? 

I am currently a graduate student and joined Division 51 a year ago. At the time, I was looking for connection with other individuals who had similar research interests. I began looking into professional organizations and discovered that I had already had some contact with members of Division 51 and was familiar with some of the members’ research. My own research interests seemed to fall in line with the division’s mission, and it seemed like a good place to start building connections. Little did I know then that Division 51 would become my professional “home”. I was welcomed warmly and became involved in the division right away. 

 

What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division? 

I am currently a graduate student and joined Division 51 a year ago. At the time, I was looking for connection with other individuals who had similar research interests. I began looking into professional organizations and discovered that I had already had some contact with members of Division 51 and was familiar with some of the members’ research. My own research interests seemed to fall in line with the division’s mission, and it seemed like a good place to start building connections. Little did I know then that Division 51 would become my professional “home”. I was welcomed warmly and became involved in the division right away..

 

What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?    

I joined the division with interests related to fatherhood.  In particular, I’m interested in paternal mental health and well-being during the perinatal period, fathers’ experiences of social and professional support, and barriers and facilitators of help-seeking. Since joining the division, my interests have expanded to include positive masculinity and paternal involvement. In the future, I plan to work with individuals and families during the perinatal period and continue researching in these areas. I’m so happy that I joined Division 51 when I did. There are so many wonderful things happening right now that are promoting positive masculinity..

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