History and goals

At the first European Congress of Psychology, held in Amsterdam in 1989, representatives of the Spanish Society of Psychological Assessment (SEEP) proposed the foundation of a European Association of Psychological Assessment. The proposal was well received, and in 1990 in Madrid the SEEP was turned into the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA).

The EAPA was officially established on June 7, 1990, with the following members being elected to the Executive Committee: R. Fernandez Ballesteros (President), K. Miller (Vice-President), B. De Raad (Secretary-General), M. Forns (Deputy Secretary), M.O. Marquez (Treasurer), and N. Bomholt, G.H. Fischer, F. Silva, and H. Westmeyer (Members).

The European Association of Psychological Assessment European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) pursues the following aims:

  • Increase the scientific interest in psychological assessment;
  • Improve the study of psychological assessment;
  • Improve theories, methods, and the practice of assessment;
  • Promote the interest of young professionals and scientists in the science of psychological assessment
  • Create opportunities for scientific exchange about psychological assessment.

Although these aims are pursued globally, there is an emphasis of EAPA on Europe in terms of locations of conferences and summer schools. In addition, EAPA aims to:

  • Intensify exchanges on psychological assessment among Europeans and between Europeans and scholars from other parts of the world;
  • Maintain exchanges between the EAPA and other associations throughout the world.


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