Membership Types

Member

Members of the Houston Psychological Association shall have received a doctoral degree in psychology conferred by a graduate or professional school that is regionally accredited, and are provisionally or fully licensed as Psychologists by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  Members will also receive inclusion in the Psychologist Locator Service.

Associate

Associates shall be persons who have a doctoral or master’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school and are licensed as Psychological Associates or Specialists in School Psychology by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Associates may not hold Association-wide offices, nor may they be entitled to vote. Associates may hold office in the Special Interest Groups of the Association if permitted by Special Interest Group By-Laws, and shall be entitled to all other rights and privileges of the Association as may be granted by the Board of Directors.

Sustaining Member and Sustaining Associate

Sustaining Members shall be members who volunteer to pay Sustaining Member dues and Sustaining Associates shall be Associates who volunteer to pay Sustaining Associate dues.

Life Member or Life Associate

Life Members or Life Associates are persons who have reached the age of sixty-five (65) and are fully retired, and have been Members or Associates for not less than ten (10) consecutive years. Membership is granted by the Board of Directors. Life members are exempt from payment of dues; however, a nominal administrative fee may be charged as set by the Board of Directors.

Non-Resident Member

Non-Resident Members shall be Members of the Association who move their residence from Texas and request continued membership. Non-Resident Members shall be exempt from paying one-half the annual dues, and shall retain all rights and privileges of the Association except the rights to vote and hold office.

Student Affiliate

Student Affiliates shall be qualified graduate and undergraduate students in psychology who are recommended for this status by their department chairperson or faculty advisor and who are recommended for Student Affiliate status by the Membership Committee. Student Affiliates may not hold office in the Association, nor shall they be entitled to vote except in elections for the Student Affiliate Group. Student Affiliates shall be exempt from paying the annual dues of the Association, but shall pay a small fee to be established annually by the Board of Directors.

Affiliate

Affiliates of this Association shall be selected persons approved by the Board of Directors with interests consonant with the purpose of this organization as stated in Article II of the By-Laws, who apply in writing for affiliation, and who pay yearly dues. Such Affiliates shall have all the rights, responsibilities, and duties of members as may be granted by the Board of Directors, except Affiliates may not hold office in the Association, nor shall they be entitled to vote.

Honorary Affiliate

Honorary Affiliates of this Association shall be persons who have shown evidence of outstanding contribution or performance in the field of psychology or to the Association, or persons of distinction in fields other than psychology. Honorary Affiliates shall be elected by the Board of Directors and shall have all rights, responsibilities, and duties of Members as may be granted by the Board of Directors except that Honorary Affiliates may not hold office in the Association nor shall they be entitled to vote. Honorary Affiliates shall be exempt from paying the annual dues of the Association.