APA President

Nadine Kaslow, PhD

Welcome from the APA President


Nadine Kaslow, PhDThe theme for my APA presidential year (2014) is Uniting Psychology for the Future. I will focus on three main initiatives during the year: (1) Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job, (2) Translating Psychological Science for the Public, and (3) Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs. Each initiative will be co-chaired by a senior psychologist and an early career psychologist.

Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job

The “psychologist development pipeline” can be conceptualized as broadly encompassing all components of education and training that contribute to one’s development as a psychologist, from K-12 education to professional development until and beyond retirement. From doctoral education to first employment is a segment of the pipeline that poses multiple challenges and barriers for individuals interested in pursuing careers in psychology related to practice, science, education and the public interest. Commonly cited challenges include (1) responsiveness of educational/training institutions and workplaces to an increasingly diverse trainee population; (2) relevance of doctoral education to the job market, (3) internship imbalance/crisis; (4) postdoctoral experience (e.g., availability of postdoctoral positions, formal HSP postdoctoral positions versus supervised postdoctoral experience, length of research postdoctoral fellowships); (5) challenges for international students, including those who remain in the US after graduation and those who return to their home countries; (6) job opportunities for doctoral level graduates; (7) licensure (e.g., timing, mobility); and (8) economics of education/training, credentialing, and the job market including costs to students and availability of funds for education/training and for research.

Consistent with APA’s vision to be the premier innovator in the education, development and training of psychological scientists, practitioners and educators, a summit will be held with individuals representing relevant components of the pipeline who will be invited to collaboratively (1) secure relevant data in preparation for the meeting; (2) understand the barriers or limitations that prevent or slow students from moving through the doctoral pipeline to entering the profession; (3) think “outside the box” to formulate creative solutions to address the key transitions in this segment of the pipeline; and (4) craft recommendations for gathering additional relevant data (e.g., workforce analysis) that can guide efforts to improve transitions through this segment of the pipeline. Outcomes for the summit will include, at the least, resources for addressing transition barriers and challenges, publications in relevant journals and possibly a book. 

Translating Psychological Science for the Public

Psychologists produce a wealth of scientific findings of vital importance that merit translation and distribution to the public, including other psychologists, scholars and service providers from other disciplines, policy makers and interested youth and adults through public education materials. Such materials can be delivered through multiple channels using existing and novel communication technologies (e.g., blogs, webinairs, podcasts).  In keeping with APA’s strategic goal of and increasing the recognition of psychology as a science, a task force has been formed to serve as an advisory and strategic planning group to assist APA staff in creating and disseminating new public education materials that translate psychological science to the public.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs

The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act promotes patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) to provide comprehensive coordinated care to children, adults, older adults and families. PCMHs provide a unique and timely opportunity for integrating physical and behavioral health. Psychologists as health service providers bring essential clinical, research, training and organizational  competencies to improve interprofessional care; patient, family and cost outcomes; patient experience; and provider and staff satisfaction. Related to APA’s strategic goal of expanding psychology’s role in health, a task force will be formed to evaluate and communicate the data demonstrating the extent to which psychologists in PCMHs are “value added” vis-à-vis enhancing patient and family behavioral and physical health outcomes, enhancing patient and family satisfaction with care, ensuring more cost-effective services, improving quality of life, reducing health disparities and improving job satisfaction for health professionals.

The co-chairs for each initiative are: Debra Bangasser, PhD, and Steve McCutcheon, PhD, (Pipeline Summit: Doctoral Education to First Job), Susan T. Fiske, PhD, and Dawn W. Foster, PhD, MPH, (Translating Psychological Science for the Public), Kimberley E. Hiroto, PhD, and Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, (Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs). Biographies for the Presidential Initiative Co-chairs can be found below. 


Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, is a professor with tenure, Emory University School of Medicine department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; chief psychologist, Grady Health System; vice chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and director of the postdoctoral fellowship program in professional psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of psychology, pediatrics and emergency medicine, and in the Rollins School of Public Health. In 2012, she received an honorary degree (doctor of humane letters) from Pepperdine University, where she also gave the commencement address. At Emory, she is past president of the University Senate, past chair of the Faculty Council and former special assistant to the provost. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin. Before joining the faculty at Emory University in 1990, Kaslow was an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry, Child Study Center and pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.

President-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA), she serves as editor of the Journal of Family Psychology®. She is past president of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Div. 12), Society of Family Psychology (Div. 43), and Division of Psychotherapy (Div. 29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology, the American Board of Professional Psychology, Family Process Institute and the Wynne Center for Family Research. From 1998-2002, Kaslow was the chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and she is now a board member emeritus of this organization. In 2002, she chaired the multinational 2002 Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology. Kaslow was a fellow in the 2003-2004 class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a fellow in the 2004 Woodruff Leadership Academy and a primary care public policy fellow through the U.S. Public Health Service - Department of Health and Human Services.

She has been a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Interventions and Treatment and Child Psychopathology and Treatment Institutional Review Groups. She is the recipient of grants from the (1) National Institute of Mental Health focused on the treatment of intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior in African-American women and the (2) National Institutes of Mental Health examining evidence-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder. Kaslow has more than 280 publications on the assessment and treatment of family violence (intimate partner violence, child maltreatment), assessment and treatment of depression and suicide in youth and adults, post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment, couples and family therapy, women’s mental health, pediatric psychology, and a competency-based approach to psychology education and supervision.

Kaslow has received a number of awards including APA's Heiser Award for legislative advocacy, APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, APA's Presidential Citation, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training, the Dr. Rosalee Weiss Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Foundation, the Educator of the Year Award from Emory’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, the Grady Health Foundation Inspiring Mentor Award and Emory University’s Thomas Jefferson Award.

A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she has served on a number of community boards. Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs, and is often called upon by print media to comment on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women, families, stress and coping during times of tragedy. Kaslow remains passionately involved in ballet, taking classes and teaching ballet, and serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet.

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