Email List

The APA Division 54 email list provides a forum for members to keep apprised of division activities and pediatric psychology issues, to discuss topics relevant to the field, and to exchange relevant information (e.g., job openings, patient referrals). The areas of discussion are guided by the email list members and all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Involvement in the email list is critical to maintain frequent and current discussions, which are educational, practical, and beneficial to its members. The Division 54 email list is open to all members of SPP and has approximately 1,000 subscribers. The email list is managed by Heather Yardley, PhD.

Posting Messages

Members may post messages at any time by emailing to

Messages are not archived by the division and are therefore not searchable after they have been posted to the email list.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing from the Email List

To join the email list, send an email to with the command:

ADD DIV54-MEMBERS [Email address] [First name] [Last name] in the body of the message. Do not include parentheses and do not write anything in the subject line.

For example: ADD DIV54-MEMBERS Jane Doe

Members may unsubscribe from the list at any time by sending a message to and typing SIGNOFF DIV54-MEMBERS in the body of the message. Do not type anything in the subject line of the message.

Email List Options

A list of commands/options can be obtained by sending a message to with the words INFO REFCARD in the body of the message (do not type anything in the subject line of the message).

There is a digest option that may be requested. If members choose the digest option, messages posted throughout the day are stored and consolidated and mailed to members at midnight each night. Note: the digest feature does not store attachments.

Email List Rules

Rule 1: Do not use the forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.

Rule 2: Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of unsolicited advertisement or chain letters, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the forum.

Rule 3: Do not use the forum for commercial purposes. "Commercial" as used for purposes of evaluating email list messages means communications whose primary purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the author directly or indirectly. Examples of prohibited communications include advertisements for products or services, notices regarding rental of office space, or direct solicitations of email list members to purchase products or services.

Examples of messages that may be of financial benefit to email list members but are not prohibited because they do not inure to the financial benefit of the author include news of job listings or position openings, or discussion of professionally-related products or services where the email list member conveying the information is not in the business of selling the products or services. Announcements that provide useful professional information to list members but may also have some incidental commercial benefit to the sender (e.g., an author who is a list member merely advising the List of publication of a professional book) typically would not be “commercial” for purposes of this restriction.

Rule 4: Do not use this forum for any communication that could be construed in any way as support for or opposition to any candidate for a federal, state or local public office. The Federal law providing for the American Psychological Association's tax exempt status absolutely forbids the use of APA resources or facilities, including this forum, in any way that would even appear to support or oppose such a political candidate.

Rule 5: Maintain client confidentiality when discussing clinical issues.

Rule 6: The list may not be used for electioneering (e.g., campaigning, solicitation of support)

Rule 7: Do not post messages that contain defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal information.

Rule 8: In order to protect member’s privacy and to avoid scientific flaws related to conducting research via email distribution lists, Division 54 will not release division members’ email addresses for the purposes of research solicitation or sampling. APAGS has created a policy on solicitation of research participants which states the following:

Outside research requests or requests for research participants will not be posted to email lists maintained by APA.
Research that samples via email list postings relies on flawed and indefensible methodology. Research that must discuss and defend its sample, the population, response rates and representativeness or generalizability of the data would be hampered in these pursuits by using mailing lists.


  • Email lists (division and other APA discussion lists) make no claim to be exhaustive collections of members who may fit into one or more specific category (e.g., clinical psychologists, practitioners, educators, and so on). In fact some 45% of APA members do not belong to any one division. By using a division as the "universe" for one's respondents, researchers are excluding a large number of eligible participants and hence may be introducing bias into their research.
  • Many members belong to more than one Division, and if the research is being sent to more than one division, the researcher faces the problem of defining response rate given duplication.
  • APA members and others belong to divisions and topical email lists for a number of reasons, some of these may not reflect the fact that the member works in the area covered by the Division or list in any more than a tangential sense - raising questions about the suitability of the sample to the research.
  • Concern was raised as to whether the APA could be seen as condoning this poor methodology by allowing these requests to be posted.
  • These weaknesses in sampling can cast serious doubt on the defensibility and worth of research that was conducted using email lists. Cases in which division electronic mail lists would be a good choice as a source for respondents include projects that are looking at how the Division (or APA offices) serves the members, or why members may have joined, among other division specific questions.

Failure to comply with the above rules and stated purpose of this email list will result in removal from the list by the email list manager.

Thank you for participating in the APA Division 54 email list.

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