Welcome to the official website of the
Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.


Our Vision & Mission

The mission of the Association is to advance psychology as a means of promoting human well-being. We support the field of psychology, in all its branches, by promoting high standards of professional education, ethics and conduct for our community members. The Association achieves its mission through sponsorship of professional meetings and trainings, scientific reports and newsletters, and facilitating social and networking opportunities for its Members.



As one of Southwest PA's oldest and largest organizations for behavioral health professionals, GPPA offers a wide variety of networking and educational opportunities designed to help you grow your professional career.

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Joining our organization is easy and convenient. We offer four levels of membership.  Find out which one is right for you.

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2017 Legacy Award Dinner honors Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.

January 26th

Cocktails at 6:00 followed by family style dinner at 7:00.

Bar Marco 
2216 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Register for the Legacy Award Dinner

Robert Marc Schwartz Ph.D. has been in professional psychology since the early 1970s, making contributions to research, clinical work, and professional practice.  Jokingly referring to his career as having experienced “the worst of both worlds,” Dr. Schwartz has had significant impact in both academic and clinical circles.

Dr. Schwartz’s academic research on the “States of Mind” model has gained international attention in clinical and positive psychology circles, and it is regularly discussed in leading psychology and psychiatry journals.  Dr. Schwartz also taught in various academic institutions including the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. 

Clinically, Dr. Schwartz has again found himself “riding multiple horses,” through his dedication to an integrative approach that spans across the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral schools.  The very name for the group practice that he co-founded, Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates, speaks to his dedication to cultivating a professional clinical psychology that is diverse.  He also developed a clinical specialty as a certified sex therapist, which led to his co-founding the Kurtz Center for Love & Intimacy, one of the premier national training centers for sex therapy. 

Dr. Schwartz is equally devoted to his family and his faith. He is the father of four young men of whom he is very proud, and the husband of Amy, the love of his life. He currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Pittsburgh and he continues to write professional papers.  Please join us to celebrate Dr. Schwartz’s legacy.