Welcome to the Rehabilitation Psychology website!

Rehabilitation Psychology is a specialty area within psychology that focuses on the study and application of psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to maximize health and welfare, independence and choice, functional abilities, and social role participation across the lifespan. We welcome visitors of this site to learn more about the field of Rehabilitation Psychology and join the Division (Division 22 of the American Psychological Association).


Lisa A. Brenner, PhD

Transitions are important.  This year, in addition to the transition to a new leadership team, we are transitioning as a Division in terms of our focus and goals.

As many of you are aware, we are in the midst of a strategic planning process that this summer culminated in the adoption of new mission and vision statements (see here).

APA HUMAN RIGHTS SURVEY: PLEASE NOTE SHORT TIMELINE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 – FIRST THING (7 AM MT) - The American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors recently appointed a Task Force on Human Rights to provide strategic advice to the Association in its engagement in the promotion and protection of human rights.  You can read more about APA’s human rights activities on our website here and here, and more about the Task Force charge and membership here.  APA would like all Divisions to respond to 5 questions regarding Human Rights.  As this is so integral to our work as Rehabilitation Psychologists – I would like to open up our response to the widest possible audience.  One of our vision statements is: Champion disability as a human rights and social justice issue. You can respond to 5 questions at the this survey link and I will compile answers and send ahead.

Full President's message here.