Answered By: Terri Bogan Last Updated: May 24, 2023 Views: 14747
APA 7th edition, section 4.8 discusses contractions. Any paper you are turning in that requires APA style should adhere to APA standards. As such, contractions are not "academic" enough to be used in papers.
Here is a link to the APA Blog on style: https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/concise-guide-formatting-checklist.pdf.
When in doubt, consult with your instructor.