Board of Directors Approved Minutes: August 2 & 4, 2011
Present: Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD; Carol D. Goodheart, EdD; Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD; Barry S. Anton, PhD; Bonnie Markham, PhD, PsyD; Norman B. Anderson, PhD; Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD; Jean A. Carter, PhD; Elena J. Eisman, EdD; Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD; Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD; Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD; Susan M. Wilson, MS; and incoming Board members Josephine D. Johnson, PhD; Ali Mattu; and Susan H. McDaniel, PhD.
I. Minutes of Meeting
A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the June 10-12, 2011, Board of Directors Meeting.
II. Elections, Awards, Membership and Human Resources
A. In executive session, the Board voted to recommend that Council elect 124 members listed to initial fellow status, on the nomination of the indicated divisions, and on the recommendation of the Fellows Committee and the Board of Directors. Drs. Anton, Eisman and Johnson refrained from voting on the approval of the initial fellows.
The Board requested that the Membership Board review the criteria used to review and recommend member nominees for election to Fellow status to determine if changes are needed to increase the number of members achieving Fellow status and to work with the Committee on Division/APA Relations on ways to increase Fellow nominations from divisions.
A.(4) The Board received information on the APA Ethics Committee/Society of Indian Psychologists Ethics Committee Joint Initiative.
IV. Board of Directors
V. Divisions and State and Provincial Associations
A.(2) The Board voted to approve the following Interdivisional Grant Projects for 2011: Increasing Diversity in Psychological Science Through Mentoring; Increasing the Visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Science through an Online Directory of Researchers; Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Clients.
VI. Organization of the APA
A. The Board met with representatives from the four national ethnic minority psychological associations and the Chair of the Ethics Committee . A summary of the joint meeting is attached.
VII. Publications and Communications
VIII. Convention Affairs
IX. Educational Affairs
X. Professional Affairs
A. Pierre L. Ritchie, PhD, Secretary General of IUPsyS, and Geoffrey Reed, PhD, Senior Staff at WHO for the ICD10 revision, provided the Board with an update on WHO activities on the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases.
B. The Board voted to recommend that Council adopt as APA policy the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology and approve August 2021 as the expiration date for the Guidelines.
C. The Board received as information an update on the Final Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology Practice.
XI. Scientific Affairs
XII. Public Interest
XIII. Ethnic Minority Affairs
XIV. International Affairs
A. Officers from the Mexican Psychological Society (MPS) joined the Board to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the MPS and APA.
B. Ann D. Watts, PhD, Secretary-General of the XXX International Congress of Psychology and Fatima Seedat, Congress Secretariat, briefed the Board on preparations for the 2012 International Congress.
XV. Central Office
XVI. Financial Affairs
Summary of the Joint Meeting of the APA Board of Directors and the National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations
August 4, 2011
Representatives of APA Board of Directors
Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, President
Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, President-Elect
Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, Past President
Barry S. Anton, PhD, Recording Secretary
Bonnie Markham, PhD, PsyD, Treasurer
Norman B. Anderson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD
Jean. A. Carter, PhD
Elena J. Eisman, EdD
Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD
Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD
Susan M. Wilson, MS
Representatives of National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations
Alvin N. Alvarez, PhD, delegate to APA Council, Asian American Psychological Association Gayle Skawennio Morse, PhD, delegate to APA Council, Society of Indian Psychologists Linda James Myers, PhD, observer to APA Council, Association of Black Psychologists
Azara Santiago-Rivera, PhD, delegate to APA Council, National Latina/o Psychological Association
Also in attendance: Linda Forrest, PhD, Chair, APA Ethics Committee
APA staff in attendance: Stephen Behnke, PhD, Director, and Lindsey Childress-Beatty, Deputy Director, Ethics Office; Ellen Garrison, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor; Gwendolyn Keita, PhD, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate; Michael Honaker, PhD, Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Rhea Farberman, Executive Director, Public and Member Communications; and Maureen O'Brien, Associate Executive Director, Governance Affairs
Major discussion topics at this very productive lunch included potential joint projects and tasks, areas of consensus and processes to continue the dialogue.
1. Ethics Consultation to the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) — The APA Ethics Committee has been invited to consult to the SIP Ethics Committee as SIP develops an ethics code that is reflective of the cultural worldview it represents and which addresses the ethical challenges faced by Indian psychologists and psychologists who work with Indian populations. The SIP ethics code would be drafted with ethical challenges in mind that are more commonly encountered with Indian populations and in Indian communities and contexts than in other settings where psychologists work. The APA Ethics Committee supports this initiative and will work with SIP to provide whatever assistance SIP deems appropriate. The first meeting to discuss this collaboration occurred in June of 2011, at the SIP annual convention in Logan, Utah. It was described by all parties as a very productive, positive, and meaningful interchange.
2. Potential Projects — The group brainstormed a number of other possible projects, including co- sponsorships of programs, advertising and encouragement of one another's projects, and work on federal policy issues such as health disparities.
3. Structure to Support Communication — There was a discussion of the importance of creating formal structures to enhance the exchange and on-going relationships between the ethnic minority psychological associations (EMPAs) and APA. In addition to opportunities for shared scholarship and joint conferences and projects, there was agreement to expand the charge of the working group to make recommendations for a more formalized relationship between the five associations, with several recommendations to continue a process of dialogue.
4. Representation of the EMPAs on the Council of Representatives — There was ongoing discussion of this very important issue, on which there are multiple perspectives. While the group acknowledged that the issue of seats on the Council of Representatives continues to be a concern for many members, the sense of the meeting was that the on-going relationship between the EMPAs and APA is larger and broader than the issue of Council seats for EMPA delegates. The consensus of the meeting was that building on-going communication and collaboration on initiatives and joint products will lead to better and more specific outcomes than will continuing to focus in the short term on the issue of voting seats on Council (given that the Bylaws amendment has twice not been approved). Therefore, the EMPAs and the Board will not be requesting a vote of Council on the seating of the EMPAs at the February 2012 Council meeting. This issue will continue to remain under consideration and will be an area for continued dialogue.
5. The possibility of the EMPAs and Board of Directors meeting on an annual basis. Possible options presented included each EMPA hosting a meeting on a rotating basis, meeting at the Multicutural Summit or annually at the APA convention. In addition, the possibility of the Board attending/participating at the EMPA conferences was discussed.
In addition to the potential joint project between SIP and the APA Ethics Committee, a second possible specific project discussed was an offer extended from the APA Office of Public and Member Communications to work with the EMPAs on training more EMPA members on how to work with the news media. ABPsi also extended to the APA Office of Public and Member Communications an offer to work with them to develop greater cultural sensitivity and proficiency when dealing with issues of relevance or related to people acknowledging African descent. The APA offer would give the APA office the opportunity to engage more psychologists of color in the APA's media response program and get input from the EMPAs on media habits and leaders within their communities, i.e., which media outlets are most respected by their communities, have best reach in their communities, etc. The ABPsi offer would give the APA Office the opportunity to develop greater credibility and relevance in African descent communities.
Suggestions were made about joining forces with regard to federal advocacy issues of mutual interest/concern and also collaborating at the student level.
All five groups, APA and the four national EMPAS, are committed to working together as equals to expand the communication, increase the interchange, and provide assistance between and among the groups.
Finally, the groups decided to develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the EMPAs and APA and charged the APA Board/EMPA Working Group with prioritizing collaborative projects and determining the best method for continuing future joint meetings of the APA Board and the EMPAs.