Subdisciplines of Psychology


A subdiscipline is a specific area of study within a broader field.  Examples of subdisciplines in psychology include experimental psychology, educational psychology, and clinical psychology.  While most of psychology's subdisciplines are represented among the psychology departments of universities across the country, some are integrated into the departments of other fields of study such as biology and neuroscience.  There are 54 subdivisions of psychology within the American Psychological Association (APA), comprising diverse areas of practice and research.  What's more, some of the APA's subdivisions are further divided into smaller subdivisions.


The following are the 54 Divisions of the APA

(There is no Division 4 or 11):


  1. General Psychology

  2. Teaching of Psychology

  3. Experimental Psychology

  5. Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics

  6. Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

  7. Developmental Psychology

  8. Personality and Social Psychology

  9. Psychological Study of Social Issues

10. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

12. Clinical Psychology

13. Consulting Psychology

14. Industrial and Organizational Psychology

15. Educational Psychology

16. School Psychology

17. Counseling Psychology

18. Psychologists in Public Service

19. Military Psychology

20. Adult Development and Aging

21. Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology

22. Rehabilitation Psychology

23. Consumer Psychology

24. Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

25. Behavior Analysis

26. History of Psychology

27. Community Psychology

28. Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

29. Psychotherapy

30. Psychological Hypnosis

31. State Psychological Association Affairs

32. Humanistic Psychology

33. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

34. Population and Environmental Psychology

35. Psychology of Women

36. Psychology of Religion

37. Child and Family Policy and Practice

38. Health Psychology

39. Psychoanalysis

40. Clinical Neuropsychology

41. Psychology and Law

42. Psychologists in Independent Practice

43. Family Psychology

44. Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues

45. Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

46. Media Psychology

47. Exercise and Sport Psychology

48. Peace Psychology

49. Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

50. Addictions

51. Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

52. International Psychology

53. Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

54. Pediatric Psychology

55. Pharmacotherapy

56. Trauma Psychology


American Psychological Association. (2010). Divisions of APA.
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