Board of Directors Approved Minutes: February 20 & 21, 2008

Approved Minutes

Present: Alan E. Kazdin, PhD; James H. Bray, PhD; Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD; Barry S. Anton, PhD; Paul L. Craig, PhD; Norman B. Anderson, PhD; Armand R. Cerbone, PhD, Lisa Grossman, JD, PhD; Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD; Nadia T. Hasan, MA; Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD; Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD; Michael Wertheimer, PhD

Absent: None.

I. MINUTES OF MEETING

A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the December 7-9, 2007, Board of Directors Meeting.

II. ELECTIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES

No items.

III. ETHICS

In executive session, the Board took action on three Ethics cases.

B. In executive session, the Board was informed of the plan of some members of Council to request that Council amend the "Resolution on the Reaffirmation of the American Psychological Association Position Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Its Application to Individuals Defined in the United States Code as Enemy Combatants" previously passed at its August 2007 meeting.

IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.(2) The Board voted to allocate $16,500 from the President-elect's discretionary fund to support Dr. Bray's 2009 presidential initiatives.

B.(3) The Board voted to allocate $8,900 from its 2008 discretionary fund for one meeting in 2008 of the APA Presidential Task Force on the Psychological Needs of U.S. Military Service Members and Their Families and recommend that Council allocate $8,900 from its 2008 discretionary fund for the second meeting of the Task Force.

C.(4) The Board voted to reject the motion requesting that the Board allocate $15,900 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support one meeting in 2008 of the Task Force on Taxonomy: Developing a Structure for Specialties, Specialists and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology.

D. Dr. Anderson provided the Board with an update on the development of a strategic planning process for the Association.

E. The Board received an update regarding the public access policy of the National Institutes of Health.

F. In executive session, the Board was informed that the Executive Management Group will forward

the Report from the Task Force on External Funding and the American Psychologist article, "Corporate Funding and Conflicts of Interests: A Primer for Psychologists" to relevant groups (Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, Continuing Education Committee and Ethics Committee) for consideration.

V. DIVISIONS AND STATE AND PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

A.(5) The Board voted to approve the following motion regarding the establishment of the Division for Qualitative Inquiry as a candidate division:

The Board of Directors reviewed the petition for the establishment of the Division for Qualitative Inquiry in the context of the requirements for the establishment of a new division as set forth in the APA Bylaws. At this time, the Board concluded that it could not make a recommendation to Council concerning the petition due to questions about whether the proposal meets those criteria, specifically Bylaws Article VI, #3 a and d: would the new division represent a "functionally unitary interest" and would the new division be "inimical" to the welfare of any other division?

B.(6) The Board voted to reject the main and substitute motions of the item requesting that funds be allocated for the establishment of and meeting(s) of a Task Force to Address State, Provincial and Territorial Association Impact on and Input in the Development of APA Policy.

VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE APA

A.(6A) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $6,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund for one meeting of the Task Force on Council Representation.

VII. PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A.(6B) The Board voted to approve the expenditure of $383,000 from the Publications and Communications Board's Research and Development Fund (a Board designation of net assets) for the digitization of selected material from the Archives of the History of American Psychology for inclusion in PsycBOOKS and PsycEXTRA databases.

Dr. Wertheimer recused himself from voting on this item.

VIII. CONVENTION AFFAIRS

No items.

IX. EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(7) The Board voted to allocate $10,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund and recommend that Council allocate $10,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support two meetings in 2008 of the joint BEA/CAPP Task Force to Develop an APA Designation Process for Postdoctoral Psychopharmacology Education and Training Programs.

B.(8) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $10,000 from its 2008 discretionary fund to provide funding for eleven participants to attend the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology.

Dr. Anton recused himself from voting on this item.

C.(9) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $10,500 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support a joint meeting of the National Standards Working Group and Standards Advisory Panel.

D.(9A) The Board voted to allocate $3500 from its 2008 discretionary fund for the purpose of creating a database of psychology teachers at community colleges.

X. PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A.(10) The Board voted to allocate $10,600 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support one meeting in 2008 of the Task Force to Revise the APA Model for State Licensure of Psychologists.

Drs. Anton and Vasquez recused themselves from voting on this item.

XI. SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

A.(11) The Board voted to recommend that Council allocate $24,400 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support the 2008 three-day conference to provide qualitative training and support for students from underrepresented groups.

B.(12) The Board voted to allocate $14,400 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support a task force to develop a report and policy recommendations regarding the interface between psychology and global climate change. The Task Force will be staffed by the Science Directorate. The Task Force will include one representative from each of the following nine groups: BPA, BSA, BAPPI, BEA, CIRP, Division 8, Division 9, Division 23, Division 27 and Division 34.

XII. PUBLIC INTEREST

A.(13) The Board voted to allocate $9,300 from its 2008 discretionary fund for the establishment and one meeting of a seven-member Task Force on the Psychological Effects of War on Children and Families Who Are Refugees from Armed Conflicts Residing in the United States.

B.(14) The Board voted to allocate $8,000 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support one meeting in 2008 of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Guidelines Revision Group.

C.(15) The Board voted to allocate $6,000 from its 2008 discretionary fund to support the printing and dissemination of fact sheets on integrated health care for older adults.

XIII. ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS

No items.

XIV. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

No items.

XV. CENTRAL OFFICE

No Items.

FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

No items.