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The Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) includes approximately 150 licensed psychologists, registered psychological assistants, and student members within Santa Barbara County.

Our Santa Barbara County Psychological Association is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of committee chairs. The officers are elected by the general membership annually and are installed in office at an annual dinner meeting of the membership. The board meets on a monthly basis, and attendance is open to all SBCPA members.

Founded as a informal group in 1947, some Santa Barbara psychologists began to work within the community addressing local mental health problems and the broader spectrum of professional interests. In 1977 SBCPA became a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA), a state association of the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA is the national psychological association with over 159,000 psychologists, and SBCPA members follow the ethical standards and guidelines for professional practice set forth by APA.

SBCPA Mission

The mission of SBCPA is to proactively represent, strengthen, and promote the discipline and practice of psychology within Santa Barbara County. 

The specific purposes for which the SBCPA is organized are to: a). maintain high standards of ethical practice in the science and profession of psychology; b). provide instruction and dissemination of material in the public interest including, but not limited to, information relating to the field of psychology through publications, lectures or otherwise; c). facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among members of the profession; d). represent the science and profession of psychology to the public, governments, and information media throughout the County of Santa Barbara; e). offer collegial support to members.


  • Revise the existing bylaws to include more diversity, equity and inclusive language. 

  • Plan and successfully implement continuing education, social and community service that reflects the values and priorities of the SBCPA community.

  • Include diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice considerations in all Board related decisions as well as all events held. 

  • Create the Student of Color Equity Award.

  • Keep the website current and up to date with news and events that are important to the SBCPA community.

  • Revive the mentorship program to support students and early career members.

  • Collaborate with other psychological association chapters to bring a variety of programming for continuing education.

SBCPA Programs

  • Culturally sensitive and diverse continuing education salons and workshops
  • Membership and networking opportunities
  • Public education, marketing and media outreach
  • Social events
  • Opportunity to join a support space for BIPOC psychologists
  • Disaster response (prevention, preparedness, response, referrals)
  • Outreach and mentoring of graduate students and early career professionals
  • Opportunity to serve on various committees according to your interest
  • Coordination with other professional organizations
  • Local, state and national advocacy in coordination with CPA and APA
  • Dynamic email outreach to members

Contact SBCPA

For general inquiries, please contact us at: 

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