The Role of the Professional Association

Psychology in Quality Assurance
  • William J. Chestnut
  • Nancy Lane-Pales
  • Elizabeth Meid


Quality assurance, in its broadest sense, is a traditional concern of the mental health professions, professions strongly committed to promoting human welfare. Psychology, as a profession, has historically demonstrated its concern with quality assurance in mental health in a number of ways (see Young, 1982, for an overview of the history of quality assurance). Many past activities have kept pace with the profession and are still operating; other means of ensuring quality assurance in mental health have developed more recently. Current forces in the mental health professions and in society in general are operating to suggest the development of future mechanisms to ensure quality.


Quality Assurance American Psychological Association Professional Association Health Service Provider Professional School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Chestnut
    • 1
  • Nancy Lane-Pales
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Meid
    • 3
  1. 1.Student Health CenterIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.USA
  3. 3.AuburnUSA

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