CPA Sections

The CPA actively encourages groups of psychologists with common interests to share those interests within the context of CPA’s objectives. Such groups, termed Sections, may be formed from time to time and certainly change and disappear from time to time as well.

Sections have official status under the By-Laws of the Association (see CPA by-Laws, By-Law VII – Sections, here). They are the primary agents through which the particular and special needs of members are met and interests served, and have the power to:

  • Initiate and undertake activities of relevance to its members.
  • Draft position papers on topics of relevance to the Section.
  • Initiate policy statements in areas of expertise.
  • Organize meetings within CPA’s annual convention.
  • Make specific representation to external agencies or organizations, if it has received the approval of the Board of Directors to do so.
  • Recommend that CPA make specific representations to external organizations or agencies.

Meet CPA’s Sections

Addiction Psychology
Adult Development and Aging
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Community Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Criminal Justice Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational and School Psychology
Environmental Psychology
Extremism and Terrorism
Family Psychology
Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine
History and Philosophy Section
Indigenous Peoples’ Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
International and Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centres
Psychology in the Military
Psychologists and Retirement
Quantitative Methods
Quantitative Electrophysiology
Rural and Northern Psychology
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Social and Personality Section
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Teaching of Psychology
Traumatic Stress Section
Section for Women And Psychology (SWAP)


Section Members System

    Log into your CPA Member account and get access to content and utilities for Sections that you’ve joined. Section Chairs can also Manage all of your Section’s administrative tasks via CPA’s Section Management System.

    Once you’ve logged in, just scroll down the screen until you get to “Spaces”. The Spaces area identifies which Sections you are a member of. Clicking on the Section name will allow you to see Messages sent and Links posted. More features will be added over time.


Joining a Section

Signing up for Section happens in the Membership Renewal/Membership Sign-up phase of registration.

You can add a Sections online at the time of renewal by logging into your account or by contacting CPA by email at or by telephone.