Origins and History


In July 1953, a group of Texas psychologists felt the time had come for a new regional association of psychologists and mailed a letter stating their interest to all American Psychological Association members living in New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. This effort culminated the following December in San Antonio as the Southwestern Psychological Association met for the first time. Although Arizona and New Mexico today stand with the original states to form the Association’s core, SWPA’s membership continues to reach across international boundaries and includes members in states from Washington to Florida, California to Connecticut. From its founding to the present, SWPA works to promote and strengthen psychology’s scientific, professional and educational facets. SWPA celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary meeting in April of 2004 in San Antonio at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, site of its original meeting.

Read more about SWPA’s 50th Anniversary History: Approaching 50 (.pdf format) written by Stephen F. Davis, Randall D. Wight, and Marian C. Moore