About CPA

Mission and Mandate of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

The CPA was organized in 1939 and incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act, Part II, in May 1950. The CPA received its Certificate of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in August 2013.

Its objectives are:

  • To improve the health and welfare of all Canadians;
  • To promote excellence and innovation in psychological research, education, and practice;
  • To promote the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge; and
  • To provide high-quality services to members.

The CPA’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2019

To ensure the CPA is meeting its mission, objectives and responsibilities, the CPA is guided by a strategic plan that sets out clear goals and strategies for 2013-2019. The CPA’s strategic plan is founded on a vision that the science and practice of psychology has broad and deep relevance to public policy and the public good. The CPA’s intent is to realize this vision through all its principles, policies and activities. It is in its role as psychology’s national voice, that the CPA as an organization helps ensure that the discipline and profession contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians. The CPA’s strategic priorities target the activities that will help us hone this contribution. The impact of our contribution will be measured by the focus and success of our activities, organized to support education and training in psychology, the development and application of research, and the accessibility of psychological practice. Click here to view the 2013-2019 strategic plan.

Note: The 2013-2019 CPA Strategic Plan is currently only available in English. A French version of this document will be released shortly.

Message from The CPA’s President,
2019-2020: Dr. Ian Nicholson

Dr. Ian Nicholson, President

It is my honour to be serving as your President of the Canadian Psychological Association. We are fortunate to have a vibrant national association that represents the breadth of our profession. Its work to educate the public and government on the value of what we do is central to its mandate, as are its efforts to support scientists, practitioners and educators of psychology in that work. Its clear voice for 80 years on the national stage has resulted in Canadian Psychology being one of the most recognized on the international stage. …

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Message from the CPA’s Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Karen Cohen

Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO

As the CPA’s CEO, it is a pleasure to be charged with responsibility for the CPA’s activities and operations and for representing the CPA at the many tables and coalitions on which we sit. Please use the website to familiarize yourself with the CPA’s many activities and follow Psynopsis, the CPA’s quarterly magazine, available online to any member of the public.

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How the CPA Works and Who to Contact for What at Head Office

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With over 7,000 members and affiliates, the CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology.

The vision and policy for the CPA is established by its Board of Directors. Presidential Officers and Board members are elected from among the CPA membership with four seats held by representatives from the CPA partner organizations and one held by a representative from the CPA’s Student Section. A listing of the names and portfolios of the CPA’s Board of Directors can be found by clicking here.

Responsibility for the operations of the CPA rests with its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and through the CEO, with the CPA’s Head Office staff. A listing of the CPA staff, their titles and coordinates can be found on our Contact Us page.

  • Get in touch with Dr. Karen Cohen for any queries, concerns or suggestions about anything having to do with the CPA’s operations, its representation on national health-related alliances and coalitions, in addition to anything related to health and healthcare and the professional practice of psychology across Canada.
  • Contact Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker on matters pertaining to the science of psychology, particularly the development and promotion of psychological research and its funding in Canada, as well as CPA’s representation on science-related alliances and activity with science stakeholders.
  • Any questions related to the accreditation of programmes that train psychologists for practice can be directed to Dr. Stewart Madon.
  • Any queries about the CPA’s annual convention should be directed to convention@cpa.ca.
  • Membership questions and inquiries about the status of your membership can be directed to membership@cpa.ca.
  • Any queries related to communications (media) and public affairs can be directed to media@cpa.ca.
  • Any questions related to the CPA’s education portfolio and continuing professional development offerings should be directed to education@cpa.ca.

Members of the public commonly contact the CPA with questions about psychological disorders (see Psychology Works Fact Sheets), the study, practice and licensing of psychologists, how to get a referral to a psychologist, and what to expect when seeing a psychologist. Answers to these questions are often answered by information found on the public pages of our website. If your question is not answered there, please contact CPA’s Operations Assistant for further assistance.