Membership Committee Chair Update

Joanne Broder Sumerson, PhD

After a long (and snowy for some of us) winter, we have finally sprung forward to begin a new chapter.  Spring is a precious and beautiful time of year to check-in on how we are doing to achieve our personal and professional goals.

An ongoing goal of the Membership Committee is to grow the division.  More members mean increased opportunities for every single member.  Membership increased 77% from 2012 to 2013 and we have already surpassed our 2013 numbers in 2014. Our membership -as-a-whole consists of students (both formal and informal since we are always learning), psychologists, practitioners, and scholars who work together to publicize, study, research, educate, as well as apply media and technology to improve best practices for individuals, groups, and systems.   We are looking to include Associate Members, like journalists to work with psychologists to bridge the gap between research and practice in the media’s influence on behavior.

The Membership Committee needs YOU in order to grow the division.  Please contact me if you would like to work on the Membership Committee.  It is an exciting opportunity to work with new division members.

Last chance for the Membership Satisfaction Survey!  Please take five to ten minutes to complete the division’s voluntary, anonymous, and confidential Membership Satisfaction Survey.  The purpose of the survey is to get a pulse on how the Division is meeting your membership needs.  We administered a similar survey in 2010 and listened to your feedback.  Thank you in advance for your valuable insight by clicking this link-

Social media is a great way to connect and network with our members.  Follow us on Twitter @APADivision46 to stay in the know with what is latest and greatest. Our Facebook group, APA Division 46|Society of Media Psychology and Technology, is a great place to learn some of the newest trends and controversies on topics of how we are influenced by media, technology, and other related issues in pop culture.  “Like” us on Facebook, for fun and relevant articles and hear members’ news such as links to their blogs, publication announcements, and media appearances.   Plus, the group is always looking for interesting content from you!

I look forward to seeing you in DC this summer!

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