Welcome to the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity!


Welcome to the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, also known as Division 51 of the American Psychological Association! We serve as Co-Chairs of the Membership Committee, and we are thrilled to have you join this vibrant organization. Our goal is to introduce you to the individuals, groups, and activities of Division 51 so that you can get involved in the areas that interest you most.

SPSMM is one of APA’s newest divisions. We have existed for only 15 years as a recognized entity in APA. Most current members of SPSMM describe Division 51 as “their real home” in the larger APA. APA is a large organization and for some it is hard to figure out how to connect to such a large organization. SPSMM is a place where you can plant some roots, have some continuity over time, and personally network with others who share your commitment to the psychology of men, women, and gender. Joining Division 51 means having a connection to over 500 other psychologists who value the psychology of men in terms of theory, research, and effective service delivery for men.

In addition to regularly getting together at conferences throughout the year, many of our members keep in touch by taking part in one (or more!) of the Division 51 listserves. To subscribe, contact our listserv administrator at gerrycrete@gmail.com to get connected with the D51 community right away!

We encourage you to join one or more of these as a great way to virtually “meet” our other members, engage in topical discussions, and learn about current research in the field of men and masculinities with experts in the field:

  • Div 51 Discussion (SPSMM) – A lively discussion of topics related to men and masculinity
  • Div 51 Announcements (DIV51ANNOUNCEMENTS) – Periodic postings regarding the Division
  • Div 51 Students (SPSMMSTUDENTS) – Student-specific information and dialogue
  • Div 51 Women – Discussion about clinical and academic issues related to women who work with men or who are doing research on men’s studies


We have developed Special Interest Groups that focus on areas of interest within SPSMM. Contact the Chair of any that interest you to get more information:

  • Race, Ethnicity, & Masculinity SIG
  • Sexual Minority Men’s Issues SIG
  • Mentoring SIG
  • Student SIG
  • Violence & Trauma SIG

You’ll find a lot of information about our other members including our leadership/governance team on our website, and as a way to get to “know” one of our members, we’d also like to direct you to the Featured Member Spotlight.

Many of our Members and Student Affiliates develop friendships and working relationships with other SPSMM colleagues to the extent that Division 51 comes to feel like our “professional home.”

In addition to receiving the print journal, you will have access to the electronic journal for January through December.  You can access the journal through the APA website.  We definitely encourage you to take advantage of reading the print and/or online version of the Division’s journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Top scholars regularly publish in it, our editorial staff have high-level expertise, and the PMM journal has a highly competitive impact factor along with growing submissions.

For additional benefits of membership, please keep reading. We have considerable price reductions in annual fees for students (just $10!) as well as early career psychologists in their first year post-doc. You can join online now by visiting the Join page.

Please contact us with any questions you might have.

All the best,
Brian Cole, Ph.D. | bpcole[at]gmail.com
Daniel Singley, Ph.D. | singley[at]cognitive-health.com
Membership Committee Co-Chairs