Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

American Psychological Association (APA), Division 22

  • William StiersEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_594


The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 22 – Rehabilitation Psychology is composed of 1164 psychologists (as of December, 2017) who provide health services, teach, manage rehabilitation programs, conduct research, and perform other professional activities. They work in hospitals and clinics, in independent practice, in other human service settings, and in universities and colleges.

Major Areas or Mission Statement

The Division of Rehabilitation Psychology works to unite psychologists and others interested in the prevention and rehabilitation of disability and chronic illness. Rehabilitation Psychology practice is a specialty within the domain of professional healthcare psychology, which applies psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to maximize their health and welfare, independence and choice, functional abilities, and social role participation. Such disabilities include spinal cord...

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References and Readings

  1. American Psychological Association. (2008). A closer look at Division 22: A growing field meets the challenges of war. Monitor on Psychology, 38(8), 54–55.Google Scholar
  2. Frank, R., Rosenthal, M., & Caplan, B. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of rehabilitation psychology (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
  3. Larson, P., & Sachs, P. (2000). A history of Division 22. In D. A. Dewsbury (Ed.), Unification through division: Histories of the divisions of the American Psychological Association (Vol. 5, pp. 33–58). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Division Sections

  1. Pediatric RehabilitationGoogle Scholar
  2. Women in Rehabilitation PsychologyGoogle Scholar

Special Interest Groups

  1. Assistive TechnologyGoogle Scholar
  2. Psychologists with DisabilitiesGoogle Scholar
  3. Early Career PsychologistsGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA