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METRO The Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology: 76 Years and Still Going Strong! Terri Shapiro Hofstra University Anna R. Erickson CEB–SHL Talent Measurement William L. Farmer U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel The Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO) was founded in 1939 as a not-for-profit professional associa- tion, and it is the oldest and largest local pro- fessional association of applied psychologists in the U.S. METRO takes pride in serving as a role model for other applied psychology orga- nizations now operating in various locations across the U.S. As the immediate past pres- ident (first author Terri Shapiro), I’m proud to report that METRO is still going strong after 76 years, with 230 dues paying mem- bers, 99 of them student members (reduced membership rate), with an additional 1,845 nonmembers on our web-based mailing list receiving regular communications. This year’s METRO Board includes Wendy Becker, President, Katherine Bittner, Vice President, Rania Vasilatos, Treasurer, and Anthony Boyce, Secretary. METRO’s mission is: • To promote and maintain high stan- dards among professionals in the applied psychology field. • To help the advancement of applied psychology as a science and profession. • To further educate our members, col- leagues in adjacent disciplines, and the public at large. 132 METRO was highlighted previously in TIP in January 2003, with a spotlight article by Brian Ruggeberg and Janis Ward. As in the past, being located in the NYC area is MET- RO’s biggest advantage, with a high concen- tration of applied psychologists and organi- zations, and numerous universities located in the tristate area. METRO currently has fewer than the 400 members reported in 2003, but many of the 230 current members are highly active and regularly attend meetings. The meeting schedule is still linked to the aca- demic calendar, with monthly meetings held between September and June. Attendance at these meeting, where noted speakers are invited to present on current topics of interest (expenses paid by METRO), ranges from about 50 to 100 attendees, although in the past few years, there have been several room-busting meetings topping the 120 mark. Nonmembers also attend meetings fairly regularly (for a small fee). Faculty at local universities, from Connecticut to Long Island, have also brought their (relatively small) classes to meetings that are relevant to class topics. Meetings begin with net- working, wine, and food (definitely an incen- tive!), followed by the speaker presentation (no more than 1 hour), and finally a Q&A. Meetings usually end around 7:45pm. January 2016, Volume 53, Number 3