The Women's Programs Office (WPO) works to improve the status, health, and well-being of women psychologists and consumers of psychological services. Activities of the office span the science, practice, education, and policy arenas. On a daily basis, WPO provides staff support for the Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) and related task forces and working groups; serves as an information and referral resource on women's issues; and develops and disseminates reports, pamphlets, and other materials addressing research, practice, and consumer concerns relevant to women's lives.
Principal StaffShari E. Miles-Cohen, PhD, Senior Director
Tanya L. Burrwell, Assistant Director
Kari A. Hill, Program Assistant
Areas of Expertise:Women's Networks 
Projects & Campaigns
The United States is one of just seven countries that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. APA has been strongly advocating with the executive branch for U.S. ratification for over 10 years.
APA recently joined the CEDAW Working Group. WPO Senior Director Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen represents APA in this national coalition of 125-plus member organizations. WPO continues to educate members about CEDAW and explore methods for increasing awareness about global issues at the state and local levels.
The “SPARK Summit: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls and Women” was held at Hunter College in New York City on October 22, 2010. The summit brought together girls, women, and media professionals, thought leaders, funders, researchers, and activists – and served as a national call to action and campaign for change. An interactive web site was developed to support and amplify the summit’s ongoing impact. Follow activities on Twitter: @SPARKsummit .
Trafficking of Women and Girls
The APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) approved the establishment of a Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls. The Task Force will review the state of the literature of theory, research, and practice relevant to the trafficking of women and girls. This review will include definitions, prevalence, nature, psychological, physical, and social effects, prevention, identification, intervention, and recommendations for future research, training, practice, and policy. The Task Force will produce a report summarizing its findings. Of the 70 nominations received, ten experts were selected to serve on the task force.
APA is pleased to announce the 43 members of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) Class of 2011. The 4th LIWP will be held from August 1-3, 2011 in Washington, DC. A major focus of the Institute is to ensure that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities.
Mental health problems are not a direct result of choosing to have an abortion, an American Psychological Association task force has concluded.
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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Call for Proposals: Deadline July 8, 2011
Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
October 17-18, 2011 in Washington, DC
The American Psychological Association invites submissions of proposals for an interactive, interdisciplinary conference, “Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities”. We seek proposals for poster presentations, papers, and symposia regarding women with disabilities that address the following topics: Health Disparities and Equity; Access to Healthcare; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Reproductive Health and Sexual Health; Psychosocial Health; Interpersonal Violence and Violence Prevention; Disability across the Lifespan; and Legal Guidance and Public Policy. The conference is cosponsored with the Howard University Women’s Health Institute and Gallaudet University and will be held at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC on October 17 - 18, 2011. By promoting the exchange of knowledge and information among psychologists, other health care providers, researchers, educators, policymakers, women with disabilities and advocates, this conference aims to foster an integrated health care agenda that will improve health outcomes for women with disabilities. Call for Proposals deadline is July 8, 2011.