Division 53  | Listserv


The members-only Division 53 listserv is a valuable tool for keeping up with division activities and important issues in the field, and provides a discussion forum for scientific and professional topics and a means for exchanging information (job listings, referrals, etc.).  The DIV53 list currently includes approximately 2000 members. This list is managed by Jennifer E. R. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

You must be a current member of SCCAP to subscribe to the listserv. Your membership will be verified before you are added to the listserv. 

To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to div53list@gmail.com with the command: ADD DIV53 (Email address) (First name) (Last name) in the body of the message (do not include parentheses or add anything in the subject line).  For instance:  ADD DIV53 drjanedoe@childpsych.edu JANE DOE

Members may unsubscribe from the list at any time by sending a message to listserv@lists.apa.org and typing SIGNOFF DIV53 in the body of the message (do not type anything in the subject line of the message).

Posting Messages

This listserv provides a forum for a discussion and sharing of knowledge relevant to clinical child and adolescent psychology. The list is open to all members of SCCAP. The topics of discussion are determined by the listserv members and all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Intellectual contributions offered by each member are vital to an ongoing discussion that is educational, practical, and beneficial to its members.

Members may post messages at any time by emailing to div53@lists.apa.org.

Messages posted throughout the day are stored and consolidated in a DIGEST that is mailed to all listserv members each evening at midnight.  The DIGEST will arrive as a message from APA's “Automatic Digest Processor” with DIV53 Digest listed in the subject line. 

Note: The DIGEST function does not store attachments- please do NOT send attachments with your postings.  Additionally, submitting emails to be posted in Plain Text format, rather than HTML or Rich Text format, decreases the likelihood of the posting losing its formatting, resulting in random text when sent out in DIGEST form.  Thanks!


New SCCAP members are initially subscribed as NODIGEST. If you wish to receive all messages each evening as one email (i.e., eliminating the NODIGEST function) you may send a message to listserv@lists.apa.org and type SET DIV53 DIGEST in the body of the message (do not type anything in the subject line of the message).

A list of other commands/options can be obtained by sending a message to listserv@lists.apa.org with the words INFO REFCARD in the body of the message (do not type anything in the subject line of the message).


1. The list may not be used as a forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.

2. Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of unsolicited advertisement or chain letters, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the Forum.

3. The list may not be used for electioneering (e.g., campaigning, solicitation of support), promotion of political actions (e.g., boycotts, letters suggesting legislation), fundraising activities, actions advancing personal or another's professional gain, advertising professional services, or for any other personal or monetary profit/gain or other commercial purposes. Do not post messages for which the primary purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the author directly or indirectly.
Examples of prohibited communications include advertisements for products or services, notices regarding rental of office space, direct solicitations of listserv members to purchase products or services, and postings that include links to unapproved sites such as political or commercial sites.

Examples of messages that may be of financial benefit to listserv members but are not prohibited because they do not inure to the financial benefit of the author include news of job listings or position openings, or discussion of professionally-related products or services where the listserv member conveying the information is not in the business of selling the products or services. Announcements that provide useful professional information to List members but may also have some incidental commercial benefit to the sender (e.g. an author who is a listserv member merely advising the List of publication of a professional book) typically would not be "commercial" for purposes of this restriction.

4. Do not post messages containing information that is defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal.

5. Maintain client confidentiality when discussing any clinical issues.

6. In an effort to protect members’ privacy and to avoid the scientific flaws associated with accessing research participation via listserv distribution lists, Division 53 will not release division members' email addresses for purposes of research solicitation or sampling.  Readers are referred to the policy on the solicitation of research participations posted by the American Psychological Associations of Graduate Students which identifies the following:

a.  Research that samples via e-mail list postings relies on flawed and indefensible methodology. Research that must discuss and defend its sample, the population, response rates and representativeness or generalizability of the data would be hampered in these pursuits by using mailing lists.
b.  E-mail lists (Division and other APA discussion lists) make no claim to be exhaustive collections of members who may fit into one or more specific category (e.g., clinical psychologists, practitioners, educators, and so on). In fact some 45% of APA members do NOT belong to any one Division. By using a Division as the "universe" for one's respondents, researchers are excluding a large number of eligible participants and hence may be introducing bias into their research.
c.  Many members belong to more than one Division, and if the research is being sent to more than one Division, the researcher faces the problem of defining response rate given duplication.
d.  APA members and others belong to Divisions and topical e-mail lists for a number of reasons, some of these may not reflect the fact that the member works in the area covered by the Division or list in any more than a tangential sense - raising questions about the suitability of the sample to the research.

Division 53 does not wish to condone this flawed methodology by allowing these requests to be posted.

These weaknesses in sampling can cast serious doubt on the defensibility and worth of research that was conducted using e-mail lists. Cases in which Division electronic mail lists would be a good choice as a source for respondents include projects that are looking at how the Division (or APA offices) serves the members, or why members may have joined, among other Division specific questions.

In these cases, researchers are welcome to recruit through our listserv as outlined below.

When submitting a request for research participation please include the following paragraph listing your specific information: “The current study is being conducted by (person requesting involvement) under the guidance of (Advisor, Supervisor, or Mentor’s name) who can be contacted at (address, phone number and email address).  This study is approved by the (name of approving institution) IRB and has been assigned the following IRB number (please enter the assigned number).”

Removal from the List

The SCCAP Listserv Administrator, acting on behalf of SCCAP, reserves the right to remove members from the list who consistently violate its Usage Guidelines.


  • When replying to a previous posting on the list, "repost" only essential text from previous message, rather than the entire previous message. Many members receive the list in Digest form, and lengthy reposts make the daily Digest prohibitively lengthy.
  • Use detailed descriptions of your message in the "subject" line. The Digest is organized by Subject line.
  • Refrain from including styled text or attachments when possible. Neither translates well in the Digest format.