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Addiction Project - produced by HBO in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), HBO's Addiction Project provides the public with an in-depth picture of the science of addiction, treatment, and recovery, with contributions from the Nation's leading scientists and the personal narratives of addicts and their loved ones.

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) - a professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment.

Institute for Research, Education,& Training in Addictions (IRETA) – an organization that works with national, state, and local partners to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) - purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State.

National Cancer Institute: Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) - leads and collaborates on research, and disseminates evidence-based findings to prevent, treat, and control tobacco use. TCRB is within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP),in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) - informs Americans of the economic and social costs of addiction and risky substance use and its impact on their lives; assesses what works in prevention, treatment and disease management; and encourages every individual and institution to take responsibility to reduce these health problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) - NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. Psychology Today: Addiction – An overview on addiction including symptoms, causes, treatment, relapse, compulsive and addictive behaviors, drug trends, recent posts on addiction, and essential reads.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)- agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.


Science of Addiction: Genetics and the Brain - a nationally and internationally-recognized education program that translates science and health for non-experts. Explores the Brain’s Reward Pathways, Addiction and Genes, Drugs and the Reward Pathway, Timing and Circumstances, and Challenges and Issues.

State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose membership consists of state associations of addiction treatment and prevention providers. SAAS is the only national organization of state alcohol and drug addiction treatment and prevention provider associations.

Gender Diversity

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Title IX – Gender Equity in Education - The ACLU works to preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. This page presents Title IX, a groundbreaking statute intended to end sex discrimination in education.

Catalyst – Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organisation working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.

Equality and Human Rights Commission – catalyst for change and improvement on equality and human rights. Part of the Commissions remit is to tackle sex discrimination and promote gender equality.

European Parliament: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality – Presents publications, reports, meetings, activities, opinions, working documents and more on women’s rights and gender equality in European Parliament.

Gender Odyssey Professional - increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender variations in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.

Gender Spectrum - provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

UNICEF: Gender Equality - UNICEF aims, through its country programs, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social and economic development of their communities.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): Gender Equality – UNFPA is the lead UN agency expanding the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. This page on Gender Equality includes the latest news as well as key publications.

United Nations Rule of Law: Gender Equality – The United Nations Rule of Law Website and Document Repository is a promotional and educational tool for practitioners and the general public. This page outlines the United Nation’s responsibility to ensure that all its actions promote and protect gender equality and women’s empowerment.

General Psychology

American Counseling Association (ACA) - The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.


American Psychiatric Association - The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization.

American Psychological Association - The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

Association for Psychological Science (APS) - The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

Discovering Psychology - Discovering Psychology enables students, as well as general viewers, to learn psychology's history, observe psychology in practice, and better understand its relevance to their own lives.

Encyclopedia of Psychology – This website is s intended to facilitate browsing in any area of psychology. It features original information generated by respected researchers and practitioners in various fields of psychology as well as a hierarchical database of links to websites providing information about scientific psychology.

Frontiers in Psychology - Frontiers is a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network. This section on psychology covers a number of areas including cognition, cultural psychology, emotion science, perception science, and psychopathology.

Psychology Today – This website has gathered over 750 renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and authors in the field of psychology to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick.

Science Daily: Psychology News - one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. This section on psychology provides featured research, videos, news, most popular stories, and strange & offbeat stories.

Social Psychology Network - one of the largest Internet sites devoted to psychological research and teaching. The mission of Social Psychology Network is to promote peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.


Administration on Aging (AOA) - develops polices, plans, and programs that promote the welfare of the elderly.

AgeSource & AgeStats Worldwide - two databases have been created by AARP to facilitate the international exchange of policy and program-relevant information in aging. - encourages cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and prepares collaborative statistical reports on aging-related data.

Alliance for Aging Research - works to improve the lives of Americans as they grow older by advancing biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) - nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older.

American Geriatrics Association (AGS) - provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Aging - includes reports like The State of Aging and Health in America, data and statistics, links to state agencies on aging.

ElderLawAnswers - reader-friendly news and explanations of Medicaid coverage of long-term care, Medicare benefits, estate planning, guardianship, and other legal issues affecting seniors.

Family Caregiver Alliance - first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.

Gerontological Society of America - provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) - up-to-date information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

National Council on Aging (NCOA) - programs give older adults the knowledge and tools to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions, and improve their lives.

National Institute on Aging (NIA) - dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.

NIH Senior Health - makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.

RAND Center for the Study of Aging – conducts and publishes objective, independent, behavioral research on elderly populations worldwide.

United Nations DSPD Ageing - produces reports on ageing issues and facilitates agreement on ageing resolutions and international standards and norms.

U.S. Census Bureau: Age Data - features census data about the older (55+) and elderly (65+) populations on the national, state, and county levels, including surveys, estimates, and future projections.

Health Psychology - Health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Society for Health Psychologoy – The APA Division of Health Psychology is focused on promoting education and services in the psychology of health and illness.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, the NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of people.

National Register of Health Service Psychologists - The National Register serves the public interest in efficiently disseminating information to the marketplace with respect to the training and experience of healthcare providers.

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) - Reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities.

Office of the Surgeon General - As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

PubMed - Run by the National Institute of Health, PubMed contains over 20 million citations to scholarly medical journals.

Society for Health Psychology – The APA Division of Health Psychology is focused on promoting education and services in the psychology of health and illness.

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services - The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives.

Industrial Organizational Psychology

APA Center for Organizational Excellence - public education initiative designed to educate the employer community about the link between employee well-being and organizational performance. Provides Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards and Best Practices.

Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations – dedicated to advancing research and practice of emotional and social intelligence in organizations through the generation and exchange of knowledge.

SIOP Webinars for Students and Career Changers –webinars introduce the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and showcases the hottest trends and career paths within the field.

Social Psychology Network: Industrial-Organizational Psychology Links - links related to organizational psychology, industrial psychology, human resource management, and more.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – professional organization providing resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management.

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) – professional organization and division within the American Psychological Association which provides I-O resources, including the SIOP White Paper Series.

Society of Personality and Social Psychology – APA division produces and disseminates Knowledge to the areas of personality and social psychological science.

Work, Stress and Health Office - APA division promotes research, training, practice and policy to examine the impact of the changing organization of work on stress, health, safety and productivity in the workplace.

YouTube: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Topic Page – automatically generated channel by YouTube's video discovery system gathers relevant videos on this topic.

Mental Healthy Policy & Practice

Affordable Care Act and Expanding Mental Health Coverage - summarizes the 2013 White House gathering which focused on the mental health benefits in the health care law and what can be done to help Americans get the affordable health care coverage (including mental health care coverage) they need.

Children’s Mental Health Network – provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 - Alliance for Children & Families site provides an overview of the proposed bill, as well as a link out to the full-text document. – searchable consumer mental health website from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service.

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) – law which requires group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure that financial requirements and treatment limitations applicable to mental health or substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than the requirements or limitations applied to substantially all medical/surgical benefits.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC) - provides support, policy development, knowledge products, and technical assistance to the nation's State-based mental health planning and advisory councils.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) - national representative and advocate for state mental health agencies and their directors and supports effective stewardship of state mental health systems.

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) - develops and promotes private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.

National Council for Behavioral Healthcare - policy initiatives combine the work of our own policy experts and analysts with organized grassroots outreach experience to translate behavioral healthcare providers’ power into effective advocacy for federal addiction and mental health policy.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

World Federation for Mental Health - international organization dedicated to advancing the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.

World Health Organization: Mental Health in Development – provides mental health policy, planning, and service development resources.

Trauma & Disaster Relief

American Red Cross: Disaster Relief – Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S.

American Trauma Society (ATS) - American Trauma Society (ATS) is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. - The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services and a mechanism to access and apply for disaster assistance through collaborative, data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners.

Emergency Response Safety and Health Database - published by the CDC. "The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is a rapidly accessible occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event."

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Disaster and Crisis Management - The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters. Their work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.

NIH: Publications About Coping with Traumatic Events – booklets and fact sheets provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. - Learn how individuals and business can prepare for and respond to all kinds of disasters and emergencies.

SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. This page features resources for students, parents, teachers, responders, and health professionals.

SAMHSA Trauma and Violence - Reducing the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.