Welcome to the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities (SPSMM), also known as Division 51 of the American Psychological Association! My name is Tristan Patterson, and I serve as Chair of the Membership Committee. On behalf of all of us here at D51, I am thrilled to have you join this vibrant organization. My goal is to introduce you to the individuals, groups, and activities of Division 51 so that you can get involved in the areas that interest you most.
SPSMM is one of APA’s newest divisions. We have existed for only 18 years as a recognized entity in APA. Most current members of SPSMM describe Division 51 as “their real home” in the larger APA. APA is a large organization and for some it is hard to figure out how to connect to such a large organization. SPSMM is a place where you can plant some roots, have some continuity over time, and personally network with others who share your commitment to the psychology of men, women, and gender. Joining Division 51 means having a connection to over 500 other psychologists who value the psychology of men in terms of theory, research, and effective service delivery for men and boys.
Membership Chair Welcome
In addition to regularly getting together at conferences throughout the year, many of our members keep in touch by taking part in one (or more!) of the Division 51 listserves. To subscribe, click here.
Please download a copy of our listserve rules here and read these prior to signing up.
We encourage you to join one or more of these as a great way to virtually “meet” our other members, engage in topical discussions, and learn about current research in the field of men and masculinities with experts in the field:
Div 51 Discussion (SPSMM) – A lively discussion of topics related to men and masculinity
Div 51 Announcements (DIV51ANNOUNCEMENTS) – Periodic postings regarding the Division
Div 51 Students (SPSMMSTUDENTS) – Student-specific information and dialogue
Div 51 Women – Discussion about clinical and academic issues related to women who work with men or who are doing research on men’s studies
We have developed Special Interest Groups that focus on areas of interest within SPSMM. Contact the Chair of any that interest you to get more information:
Race, Ethnicity, & Masculinity SIG
Sexual Minority Men’s Issues SIG
Violence & Trauma SIG
You’ll find a lot of information about our other members including our leadership/governance team on our website, and as a way to get to “know” some of our members, we’d also like to direct you to the Featured Member Spotlight.
Many of our Members and Student Affiliates develop friendships and working relationships with other SPSMM colleagues to the extent that Division 51 comes to feel like our “professional home.”
In addition to receiving the print journal, you will have access to the electronic journal for January through December. You can access the journal through the APA website. We definitely encourage you to take advantage of reading the print and/or online version of the Division’s journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Top scholars regularly publish in it, our editorial staff have high-level expertise, and the PMM journal has a highly competitive impact factor along with growing submissions.
For additional benefits of membership, please keep reading. We have considerable price reductions in annual fees for students (just $10!) as well as early career psychologists in their first year post-doc. You can join online now by visiting the Join page.
Please contact me with any questions you might have.
All the best,
Membership Committee Chair
How to Join
All membership requests are completed through American Psychological Association's portal. Click here to access it or click any of the "Join now" buttons on our website.
NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION TO JOIN
Membership options, with annual cost:
Student Affiliate: $25 w/journal or $10 without journal
Early Career (1st Year Full Member) $25
Professional Affiliate: $35 (for folks who are not members of APA but have related professional training)
International Affiliate: $35
The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association advances knowledge in the psychology of men through research, education, training, public policy, and improved clinical practice.
SPSMM provides a forum for members to discuss critical issues faced by men of all races, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientations, and ability/disability statuses. To this end, SPSMM publishes its APA journal, the Psychology of Men & Masculinity, and a Division 51 Newsletter quarterly. SPSMM also advances the psychology of men and masculinity by providing extensive programming at the APA annual convention, offering several listserves supporting information distribution and networking by members, and providing a web site offering information and resources. Further, SPSMM sponsors Task Forces on a variety of topics, such as Boys & Adolescents, Men & Depression, Sexual Harassment, Men & Careers, and Men & Health.
SPSMM members also have the opportunity to get together at the annual APA Convention and at the annual “Midwinter” convention. These meetings are characterized by warm fellowship and intensive interaction. A rich interplay of ideas and feelings ranges across personal, clinical, and research issues. Participant comments include: “I have benefited as a clinician, a researcher, and a person,” “I have gained greater insight into the perspectives of men,” and “This has been a wonderfully enriching experience, both personally and professionally.”
SPSMM Members receive the following benefits:
A subscription to the Division 51 journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinity.
The opportunity to subscribe to the SPSMM listserv. This listserv is an internet resource through which SPSMM members exchange information and ideas, discuss research and practice, and make connections with their colleagues.
Personal and professional connections with people who share similar interests.
The opportunity to influence the direction of one of APA’s newest divisions.
Women in Division 51
The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM, Division 51) is open to all genders, not just cis-males. This is what some of our female/woman-identified members have to say:
“I love Division 51 and the people in it! I got involved in the division and inspired by the listserv by “happenstance” some years ago. This happened when I was President of Section III (Women, Gender and Psychoanalysis) in Division 39 and later a member of that Division’s Board. Because of my interest in gender and clinical work with men, going back to the 1960s, and my private practice as a psychoanalyst and therapist, the research and discussion of clinical issues proved relevant, interesting, fascinating, and always up-to-date. I am especially interested in the contributions, which are outside psychoanalytic theory and practice because they present new perspectives and learning. The men and women in the division are welcoming, highly intelligent, progressive, and lots of fun in person. I highly recommend this division to anyone, regardless of his or her gender, who is interested in discussing and learning more about issues related to men and masculinity.”
Judith Logue, Ph.D.
“I am a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Ph.D. is in human sexuality and sex therapy board certification from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I have over 22 years of private practice clinical experience working with men, women, and couples of every sexual orientation, gender identity, and lifestyle. My office is in San Mateo, California but I live with my husband in Half Moon Bay, CA. I use a multidisciplinary approach to therapy based on psychodynamic theory, cognitive and behavioral theories, attachment theory, and experiential theory. As a female therapist working predominately with individual male clients and those in couple or open relationships, I try to avoid the pitfalls of gender role stereotypes about men and women in therapy as well as gender related communication expectations. My practice is also based on feminist theory and gender role theories of men and masculinity. I joined APA Division 51 during the completion of my clinical psychology Ph.D. on Men’s Views of Therapy. I found great support, encouragement, and opportunity from the men and women members of this division. Specifically, members encouraged me in the recruitment of on line participants for the dissertation, have given me practical and emotional support in working with first time fathers, and have encouraged me to publish my research and professional experience working with men. I really appreciate Division 51’s members’ professionalism, warmth, and encouragement in the promotion of men’s and boys’ well-being. I am glad I am a member.”
June Martin, Ph.D.
“I am a psychologist in private practice in the Boston area and teach at MIT. I am also co-director of the Cambridge Center for Gender Relations (a consulting firm specializing in improving personal and professional relationships between women and men through non-blaming approaches). I have a special interest in working with men and am editing a book on the experiences of women therapists treating men. I also am very interested in finding effective ways of working with depressed men, as well as educating women about men’s issues. I have been involved with Div. 51 since it began back in the mid 90s and have always felt it was my home at APA. All the members are very welcoming of women, and also focus not just on men’s issues, but gender issues in general. I have made some wonderful contacts with Division 51 members over the years which have led to referrals to my private practice, speaking at national conferences, getting book contracts, and writing articles for national journals. None of this would have happened without the support and encouragement of the members (male and female) in this division. If you’d like to join our own list serve for women in Division 51, let me know.”
Holly Sweet, Ph.D. Psychologist,
1415 Beacon Street Suite 303, Brookline, MA
“I’ve been a Division 51 member since the beginning. In fact, I remember meeting with people before the Division was a division. As a researcher and clinician interested in women’s issues, in particular domestic violence, it became clear to me that without understanding more about men and gender issues in general, our work on violence was doomed to fail. My focus shifted to include the issues that people in Division 51 study. During my terms as Treasurer, I became more involved with the functioning of the Division and worked with some wonderful leaders. I am proud to be a woman member of Division 51.”
Michele Harway, Ph.D., ABPP
“I am an Assistant Professor of School Psychology and the Director of Applied Professional Practice at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In my role at The Chicago School, I oversee practicum and internship training of school psychology graduate students in the 3 year Ed.S. program. I also maintain a private practice in which the majority of my clients are male, most of whom come to me with a wide range of relationship issues. I am an Adlerian-trained, holistic practitioner with a background in special education, school and clinical psychology. I have worked with males over the span of my career, particularly in schools. I have four sons and if you count my husband, I guess you are looking at five males within close range! My interests include working with GBTQ, relationship issues (self, work, family, friends, institutions, emotional expression, sexual behavior, addictions, etc.), mood disorders, ADHD/impulse control disorders and ASD. I became a member of Division 51 many years ago, as I was a knowledge junkie, who wanted to learn as much as I could about males, since I felt If I knew more, I could support better. Most of my special education students had been males, boys were referred for academic and behavioral needs at a greater rate than girls, the prison and police systems I worked in were majority male, so, I was curious to learn all I could, because society appeared to be failing them. I did not maintain my membership in Division 51 for a time, but I am happy to be back…planning to add onto my understanding of working with men and boys.”
Candace McMillan, Psy. D.
Why I am in Division 51/What it means to me:
“I enthusiastically tell most everyone I know about my membership in Division 51, as I feel that I truly found my “home” in APA when I joined the division. The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity is the most welcoming group of professionals and students I have ever met.
I am a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I will be starting my predoctoral internship at Colorado State University in the summer of 2010 and will be graduating in August of 2011. I am happy to say that the experiences I have had via my membership in Division 51 and my interests in men’s psychology will serve me well as I move into the role of a full time therapist.
I became involved after researching the factors associated with and the prevalence of male suicide. I found that I was fascinated with the unique psychological issues that men in our society have to deal with and the relative lack of knowledge surrounding men’s mental health in our society. I have always been interested in gender and the ways gender norms shape individuals. Being a single mother to a 20-year-old son, I get to see “masculinity being done” on a daily basis and can see how it affects individuals in their daily lives, both positively and negatively.
Division 51 is a place where I can feel safe, appreciated and respected as I develop my identity as a psychologist who specializes in men’s psychology and nurture my passion for helping men live happier, more authentic lives. It is a joy to belong to a group of people who share my passion and never hesitate to offer help and advice. The relationships I have cultivated with the incredible men and women of Division 51 continue to inspire me in my work in the area of men and masculinity.”
Jeri Newlin, MS
If you are a female or woman-identified member of SPSMM and would like to contribute a testimonial, please contact us.