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The San Mateo County Psychological Association grew from a small collegial gathering of psychologists who wished to establish a formal voice for their profession in the community.  One of those colleagues was a member of the California State Psychological Association (CSPA) Task Force on Reorganization, which developed a plan that encouraged the formation of both local chapters and divisions. To provide an incentive for the formation of these groups, CSPA offered a seat on the CSPA Board of Directors to each chapter and division.  There were 6 to 8 chapters at that time; however, with this incentive the numbers more than doubled to 15 chapters over a five year period in the mid 1970’s.

In 1976, SMCPA became a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA), a state association of the American Psychological Association (APA). APA is the national association with over 150,000 members in the United States and Canada.  As a chapter of CPA, SMCPA follows the ethical standards and guidelines of the APA and the State of California. 

Through the years SMCPA has grown and changed with the times to better serve our community in San Mateo County.  SMCPA has over 100 licensed psychologists along with affiliated doctoral students. SMCPA members are dedicated to serving the public in a manner that is professional, compassionate, and comprehensive.  We work together to maintain high standards of clinical competence, professional ethics and conduct, continuing education and training, and public service. We hope you enjoy browsing through our website, learning about this organization, the field of psychology, and the many resources available to the public and to our members.

2019 SMCPA Board Members 

Interim Presidents:  open position
Past President:  open position
President Elect:  open position
Secretary:  Jan Fisher, PhD
Treasurer:  open position
Member-at-Large:  Steven R. Tulkin, PhD  
Member-at-Large:  open position 
Member-at-Large:  open position
CPA Liaison :  open position
Continuing Education:  Reina Remigio, PhD
C.A.R.E.: open position
Diversity:  open position
Disaster Response:  open position
Ethics:  open position
Government Affairs:  open position
Hospital & Privileges:  open position
Membership:  open position
Newsletter:  open position
Website & Marketing:  Larry Feinstein, PhD
Speaker's Bureau:  open position