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If you are a psychologist focused on management and you are looking for a professional association that provides you with strong intellectual and collegial support, consider SPIM membership. You will find yourself among the national leaders of our field. Yet there is a “small town” atmosphere of friendliness and support to a degree that is unusual in professional associations.
Here are some examples of what SPIM members say keeps them as active members:

  • “Small group of highly trained and empowered psychologists”
  • “Excellent program content”
  • “Always informative, interesting programs.”
  • “Friends. People who count on me to come.”
  • “A chance, once a year, to know talented professionals and to be known.”
  • “I always make at least one valuable new contact.”
  • “Professional renewal”
  • “Terrific mid-winter meetings – jam packed with interesting people and new ideas.”
  • “Wonderful colleagues.”
  • “Conferences – topics are timely, speakers are top notch”

Speakers at our annual meetings are leading psychologists, business leaders and/or political leaders at the top of their game.

Presenters in recent years have included:

  • Richard Boyatzis, co-author of Primal Leadership
  • Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
  • Bill Greehey, CEO of Valero Energy
  • Al Parchem, CEO of RHR International
  • Mirian Graddick-Weir, Executive VPHR at AT&T
  • Ray Fowler, former CEO of the American Psychological Association
  • Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
  • Martin Seligman, former APA president and leader of the Positive Psychology movement
  • Joyce Shields, Senior Vice-President, the Hay Group
  • David P. Campbell, Smith Richardson Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Dale Thompson, 2004 winner of the RHR Excellence in Consultation Award from APA Division 13
  • Richard Kilburg, 2005 Harry Levinson Award winner.

SPIM’s collegial atmosphere is as strong as our meetings. Many deep friendships have begun at SPIM meetings. There is an unusual degree of interest and support for each other’s activities – both professional and personal. SPIM members reach out to help each other succeed.



SPIM, like any effective organization, has a clear idea about whom we best serve. Our membership criteria help to ensure that our focus is maintained.

SPIM is designed for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school that has achieved accreditation within the last five years of the doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States). They are employed as a manager, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management. Lastly, they are willing to commit to the APA Code of Ethics.



As a general guideline, APA members of Divisions 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) and 14 (Society of Industrial and Organizational Society) have interests most similar to those of SPIM members. SPIM members demonstrate their involvement with management by the following activities:

  • They work as managers or leaders in organizations. A psychologist manager or leader’s duties include responsibilities in such areas as budget, personnel and program decisions, organizational planning and strategy.
  • They teach and/or conduct research in management and/or leadership. Psychologists who teach and do research in management are usually, but not necessarily, on faculty at a university or college.
  • They consult to managers and leaders in organizations. Management consultants are involved in such activities as executive coaching, organizational consultation, assistance with executive selection and succession planning and/or research in such areas.
  • They have academic training in management and or significant management experience.

The direct delivery of clinical services and clinical supervision, in and of themselves, do not fit these descriptions. Membership in SPIM is not likely to meet the interests of psychologists who are primarily involved in clinical activities. However, management of a clinical enterprise in which the psychologist does have such responsibilities as budget, hiring and firing do fit SPIM membership criteria and such individuals are likely to find SPIM rewarding.

SPIM also has membership categories for Affiliates: those who hold a Masters Degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school and are employed as a manager, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management. Doctoral students are also welcome if enrolled in an accredited program and are nominated by a SPIM member.



Complete the online application. A complete SPIM membership application is comprised of two parts: 1) a completed membership application, 2) uploaded copy of your CV

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Call the SPIM Administrator, Liz Woodward at (773) 331-0457 if you have problems with this process. She will be happy to walk you through the procedure.

Interested but not quite ready to apply? Call the Membership Chair, Sarah Early at (303) 916-6232.