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Fact Sheet: Georgia Psychological Association

GPA Membership:

GPA has over 850 members. Members consist of private practice practitioners, academicians, industrial/organizational psychologists and government/agency employees. Also, GPA has student members who are enrolled in universities throughout the state of Georgia and neighboring states.

Origin:

In 1946, a small group of psychologists met to discuss writing legislation that would create a licensing law for the emerging profession of psychology. On August 27, 1947, this group of psychologists incorporated the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA). One of GPA’s founders, Hermon Martin, Ph.D., served as its first President (1946-47). The group also included Atlanta psychologist Robert Hughes, Ph.D., who served as GPA’s second President (1947-1948), and Athens psychologist Austin S. Edwards, Ph.D., who later became GPA’s fourth President (1949-50). Three years after its incorporation, with assistance from the American Psychological Association (APA), the new state association began to formulate plans for legislative action in obtaining a licensing law. In 1950, GPA’s Legislative Committee formulated a brief précis of the proposed licensing bill to be used in an educational campaign to create favorable public opinion for its passage. At the GPA Annual Meeting, final plans were made to secure enactment of the bill by the Georgia General Assembly. In 1951, with passage of Act No. 276, Georgia became the first state in the country to enact a licensing law for psychologists. Governor Herman Talmadge announced members of the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. On July 13, 1951, the first Georgia applied psychologists, including the initial founders of the movement, were licensed as Applied Psychologists.

Values:

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Dedication

Mission:

Advancing the profession of psychology in Georgia

Major Events:

  • Mind/Body Health Fair
  • Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards
  • GPA Annual Meeting

Public Services:

  • Psychologist Referrals
  • Mental Health Events
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Supply of Resources and Articles
  • Protecting patients and psychologists at the Georgia Capitol