Board of Directors Approved Minutes: February 13 & 14, 2002

Present: Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD; Robert J. Sternberg, PhD; Norine G. Johnson, PhD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Raymond D. Fowler, PhD; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; Charles L. Brewer, PhD; Carol D. Goodheart, EdD; Katherine C. Nordal, PhD; J. Bruce Overmier, PhD; Nathan W. Perry, PhD; and Chris I. Loftus (APAGS Representative).

Absent: None.


I. MINUTES OF MEETING

A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of its December 7-9, 2001, meeting.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

A.(2) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following motion regarding the Membership Recruitment and Retention Fund Proposal:

Council approves the inclusion of $100,000 in the 2002 Final Budget to fund special projects for membership recruitment and retention. Council asks that a strategic plan for implementing this program be developed and used in evaluating the request for future funding to be brought to Council for action in February 2003.

Council recommends a close collaboration among the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists and the Membership Committee in implementing this program.

III. ETHICS

A.(3) The Board voted to approve the establishment of an award in the amount of $1,000 to be presented in recognition of excellence in the teaching of ethics.

B.(22) The Board received an update on work by the Ethics Code Task Force in the ongoing revision of the Ethics Code.

C. In executive session, the Board took action on seven ethics cases.

D. In executive session, the Board received information on stipulated resignations with admission of violation.

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(4) The Board voted to allocate $15,000 from the President-elect's contingency fund to support a planning committee for the 2003 presidential initiative on psychology and education. The funds will be used to support two two-day planning meetings and conference calls. (Note: Subsequent to the meeting, $5,000 of the $15,000 was allocated to support the 2003 presidential initiative on unity.)

B.(5) The Board voted to allocate $18,700 from its 2002 contingency fund for a Task Force on Promoting Resilience in Response to Terrorism.

C.(6) The Board voted to allocate $4,300 from its 2002 contingency fund to fund one additional meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists.

D.(6A) The Board voted to allocate $8,000 from its 2002 contingency fund for a working group to meet to explore APA's possible involvement in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

E.(6B) The Board voted to allocate $500 from its 2002 contingency fund to support the involvement of the Illinois Psychological Association in a Chicago area 5 Girls event.

F.(6C) The Board voted to allocate $800 to assist in funding a meeting of the Massachusetts Think Tank.

G.(22A) The Board received an update regarding the Board of Directors' request for staff to develop a plan for coordinating the work of APA toward greater recognition of and involvement by psychology as a health discipline. A request was made that APA continue to explore how to bring psychology and health to the forefront, including ways of coordinating efforts without staff drain or the expenditure of excessive funds.

H. In executive session, the Board took action on the following Psychology Defense Fund Cases:

Petition #2002-1: On recommendation of the Executive Management Group (EMG), the Board recommended against awarding a grant to Jan Grossman, PhD, JD.

Petition #2002-2: On recommendation of the EMG, the Board voted to grant $15,000 to Frank Masur, PhD, to support his ongoing lawsuit against a psychiatrist for interference with a business relationship

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(23) The Board received information regarding the Interdivisional Grants Project.

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA

No items.

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

No items.

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

No items.

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(7) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $6,800 from its 2002 contingency fund to support one meeting of the BEA Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies in 2002

B.(8) The Board voted to allocate $2,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to support the completion of the work of the Task Force on Distance Education.

C.(9) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $8,500 from its 2002 contingency fund to contribute to APPIC's conference "Competencies 2002: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology."

D.(9A) The Board voted to allocate $2,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to support a Children's Mental Health Reception/Roundtable at the 2002 APA Convention.

E.(9B) The Board voted to approve the following activities for APA to collaborate on with the Department of Education: 1) to draft guidelines for a Request for Application (RFA) for pre- and post-doctoral training grants in educational sciences; 2) to draft the outline of a program and a proposal which would be funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by APA, for funding dissertation research, and accompanying meeting of funded students in educational sciences; 3) explore possible ways to help define and raise educational standards at the primary an secondary levels; 4) explore activities to assist as possible the reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement by Congress; 5) draft guidelines for a possible Department of Education RFA for doing research on how educational scientific findings can be translated into practice.

The Board requested that the Education Directorate consult with the Science, Practice and Public Interest Directorates as appropriate to accomplish these goals.

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(10) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $15,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to conduct a legal analysis on how revision to federal statues could potentially increase the ability of psychologists to participate as providers and authorizers of treatment under Medicaid.

C.(11) The Board voted to allocate $6,800 from its 2002 contingency fund for one meeting in 2002 of a working group to design a practitioner education project curriculum. Members of the working group will be appointed by the President.

D.(12) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $9,000 from its 2002 contingency fund for a two-day meeting to revise the Guidelines on Cross Cultural Education and Training, Research, Organizational Change and Practice for Psychologists.

E.(13) The Board voted to allocate $12,000 from its 2002 contingency fund for four psychologist briefing presenters to participate in three briefing sessions with Congressional and federal agency staff to inform them about research areas, issues and findings relevant to anti-terrorism efforts. The Board requested that it receive copies of the briefing papers.

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(14) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $7,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to cover one, two-day meeting of the Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet to be held in 2002.

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(15) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $15,000 from its 2002 contingency fund to support the formation and two meetings of a Children and Adolescents Task Force of the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues that would be charged with producing a report on practice, research, training, and policy issues for psychologists involved with children and families dealing with the end of life.

B.(16) The Board voted to allocate $5,000 of its 2002 contingency fund and recommend that Council allocate $15,000 of its 2002 contingency fund to support publication of a book on Women of Color Leader Psychologists.

XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

A.(17) The Board voted to allocate $20,00 from its 2002 contingency fund to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs to support efforts to solicit outside funding for the proposed conference entitled, "Psychology, Public Policy and Communities of Color in the United States and Throughout the World: Critical Issues, Knowledge and Skills."

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

No items.

XVI. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

A.(18) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendments to Association Rule 210-1.1 (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

The Finance Committee shall be composed of seven voting members and up to [three] four non-voting members. Of the voting members, two shall be elected each year for terms of three years; one slate shall be limited to first-year and/or second-year members of Council and the second slate shall be limited to first-year and/or second-year Council members or former or outgoing members of the Finance Committee. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. The seventh voting member of the Committee is the APA Treasurer, who shall serve as its Chair. The non-voting members shall be representatives from the investment community and are not [necessarily] usually psychologists. The non-voting members will be recommended by the Finance Committee and appointed by the Board of Directors for terms of three years not to exceed three consecutive terms.

B.(19) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendments to the Association Rules (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

210-2.10 [Contingency] Discretionary funds. The Board of Directors and Council each shall have a [contingency] discretionary fund of up to $100,000 to be used at their own discretion. After APA Council and Board have adopted a budget, new unbudgeted expenditures to be made from their respective [contingency] discretionary funds shall be approved as follows:

(a) If emerging from Council action, the proposed allocation from the Council [contingency] discretionary fund shall require approval by a simple majority vote of the Council members voting.

(b) If emerging from Board action, the proposed allocation from the Board [contingency] discretionary fund shall require approval by a two-thirds majority of Board members voting.

(c) If either action involves the support of a task force and/or ad hoc committee, the authorization would be for one year only and assigned to the appropriate office/program. If the mission of the task force or committee is to continue beyond one year, it must be reauthorized and funded on a year-to-year basis.

(d) All allocations other than those described in (c) will be sent to Council for review if authorized for an additional period of time.

210-2.11 Special [Contingency] Discretionary Funds. The President and President-Elect shall have a special [contingency] discretionary fund of up to $35,000 and $15,000, respectively. Use of these special [contingency] discretionary funds must be approved in advance by the Board of Directors and be limited exclusively to presidential initiatives. Costs related to each initiative must be incurred with the respective President's and President Elect's term (calendar year).

30-1.4 No matter may be properly placed before the Council for its votes that has not been disseminated to the members of Council, in its final form and with a response from the Board of Directors, at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which the matter is to deliberated.

"Final form" shall mean that all sections of the agenda item are complete. Agenda item sections that must be complete include (1) a description of the issue, (2) a description of the implementation plan, (3) the fiscal implications of passing the main motion or any amended or substitute motion, (4) the exact wording of the main motion and any amended or substitute motion, and (5) the recommendations of the Board of Directors and any other board or committee that has reviewed the issue. Agenda items that do not meet the definition of "final form" will not be accepted for the Council agenda. The Board of Directors's recommendation is not required in advance of the meeting on any items requesting Council [contingency] discretionary funds at Council's February meeting. The Board of Directors shall make its recommendation regarding such requests at the Council meeting….

50-3.1 The standing boards and committees and continuing committees may, in exceptional circumstances, appoint, for designated time periods, such ad hoc groups (e.g., task forces, work groups, ad hoc committees, subcommittees) as may be necessary.

If funding is already available for an ad hoc group, the Board of Directors shall be informed at its next meeting of the establishment of the group and provided with a description of the following: purpose; progress to date; membership roster (if available); duration of the group's appointment; funding amount and source of funding. If new funding is needed for the ad hoc group, prior approval must be obtained from the Council of Representative or Board of Directors as appropriate. The request for approval shall include a description of the following: purpose; membership roster (if available); duration of the group's appointment; funding amount required and the source from which funding is requested. Requests for Council [contingency] discretionary funds or for funds to be added to the budget require Council approval….

C.(20) The Board voted to accept the updated/revised short and long-term policies as presented. The Board commended the Finance Committee for its outstanding work with investment policies.

XVII. COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS

A.(21) The Board discussed the item "Facilitating APA/ABA Relations."