About

Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science (CAAPS)

The Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science (CAAPS) strives to promote science to understand, reduce, and prevent the burden of mental illness, and foster adaptive development and well-being. We are an umbrella organization formed in 2016 to provide an opportunity for organizations committed to clinical science to have a means for working together productively on shared goals. Our member organizations work on many different aspects of the creation, dissemination, and application of clinical science and the training of clinical scientists, but share a commitment to prioritizing a scientific epistemology to advance knowledge and improve human well-being.

CAAPS’ mission is to work collaboratively to promote science to understand, reduce, and prevent the burden of mental illness, and foster adaptive development and well-being.

To this end, we seek to establish a field-wide dialogue to better understand and address barriers to the development and implementation of evidence-based practice decision making that can more effectively meet the needs of patients, communities, and the health care system.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Give priority to the public’s welfare over all other competing interests (e.g., guild, personal).
  2. As a public trust, prioritize acting ethically with transparency and integrity.
  3. Prioritize a scientific epistemology to advance knowledge and improve human well-being.
  4. Strive to be anti-racist as an organization.

Operating Principles:

  1. Operate in a way that is inclusive, collaborative, and transparent.
  2. Be nimble and not bureaucratic.
  3. Value and respect equally the generation and application of the science of mental health.
  4. Ensure member groups share a commitment to science.
  5. Examine our actions and decision-making processes from a diversity, equity and inclusion framework.
  6. Aim for consensus when possible, but unanimity is not necessary for action (ideas can be put forward and those who want to work together on them can do so, but not all groups need to be involved in all activities).