Who We Are

The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association, advances knowledge in the psychology of men through research, education, training, public policy, and improved clinical practice.

Division 51 believes aspects of traditional gender roles are restrictive in nature and often lead to negative consequences and unhealthy interactions for many individuals and society. SPSMM endeavors to point out constrictive conceptions of masculinity that have inhibited men’s development, reduced men’s capacity to form meaningful relationships, and contributed to the oppression of others. SPSMM supports the empowerment of all persons and believes this empowerment leads to the highest level of functioning in individual men and women.

Mission Statement

The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity:

  • Promotes the critical study of how gender shapes and constricts men’s lives.
  • Committed to an enhancement of men’s capacity to experience their full human potential.
  • Endeavors to erode constraining definitions of masculinity which historically have inhibited men’s development, their capacity to form meaningful relationships, and have contributed to the oppression of other people.
  • Acknowledges its historical debt to feminist-inspired scholarship on gender, and commits itself to the support of groups such as women, gays, lesbians and people of color that have been uniquely oppressed by the gender/class/race system.
  • Contends vigorously that the empowerment of all persons beyond narrow and restrictive gender role definitions leads to the highest level of functioning in individual women and men, to the most healthy interactions between the genders, and to the richest relationships between them.


For a brief History of SPSMM, click here.

For a copy of our Bylaws, click here..

Elected Officers

(terms start January 1 and end December 31)

photo_MemberSpotllight_SweetPresident (2017)
Holly Sweet, PhD



david whitcombPast President (2016 President)
David Whitcomb, Ph.D.



President Elect (2018 President)
Ed Adams, Ph.D.



randa remerTreasurer (2017-18)
Randa Remer, Ph.D.



photo_McDermott_100x100Secretary (2017-18)
Mike Parent, Ph.D.



APA Council Representative (2017-2019)
Vic Frazao, Ph.D.



kate richmondMember-at-Large: Women’s Slate (2016-17)
Kate Richmond, Ph.D.



Member-at-Large: Sexual and Gender Minority Slate (2015-16)
William Elder, Ph.D.

will elder

brooksMember-at-Large: Open Slate (2016-17)
Gary Brooks, Ph.D.



Member-at-Large: Racial/Ethnic Minority Slate (2017-18)
Shalena Heard, Ph.D.




Member-at-Large: Early Career Professional Slate (2017-18)
Matthew Syzdek, Ph.D.

Member-at-Large: Student Slate
Thomas Parkman



Appointed Officers

Brian ColeMembership & Recruitment Co-Chair
Brian Cole, Ph.D.



photo_Singley_100x100Membership & Recruitment Co-Chair
Daniel Singley, Ph.D.



Director, Communication & Media
Ryon C. McDermott, Ph.D.



Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D.



glenn goodMen and Health Task Force Co-Chair
Liaison, APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology
Glenn Good, Ph.D.



Mike_Parent 2015Program Chair for 2017 APA Convention
Mike Parent, Ph.D.



Levant 2015APA Policy Advisor

Division 51 Advisory Committee
Ronald Levant, Ed.D., MBA, ABPP



william-liuEditor, Psychology of Men & Masculinity
William Liu, Ph.D.



Legislative Advocacy Coordinator
Taleb Khairallah, M.S.



Representative to the APA Interdivisional Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education
Steve Smith, Ph.D.



Listserv Moderator (all divisional lists, including student list)
Gerry Crete, Ph.D.



Assistant Listserve Moderator (all divisional lists, including student list)

Tyler Bradstreet




David Shen-MillerEditor: Books, Videos, & Reviews
David Shen-Miller, PhD
davidshenmiller[at]gmail[dot]com or via the contact page