This article serves as a guide to members who aren't sure about their Area
The APA Bylaws stipulate that APA's district branches be grouped into
Areas, not to exceed a total of 10 Areas, from which Area trustees shall be
elected. Currently there are seven Areas; the district branches within each
Area are listed at right.
Area membership is determined by district branch membership; that is, one
must be a member of a district branch within an Area to be a member of that
Area and eligible to elect the Area trustee. Area trustees are elected every
three years on a rotating schedule. Areas 3 and 6 will elect their Area
trustees in 2007, Areas 2 and 5 in 2008, and Areas 1, 4, and 7 in 2009.
All APA members, except medical student members, international members,
international fellows, honorary fellows, and a small number designated as
members-at-large, must belong to the district branch where they live or work.
Members are expected to transfer district branch membership when they move
their residence or practice from the jurisdiction of one district branch to
another. Members who need to transfer should contact the APA Membership Office
by phone at (888) 35-PSYCH or (888) 357-7924, or by e-mail at
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