Candidates for APA President
Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, is a scholar-practitioner in independent practice in Princeton, N.J. Her career integrates practice, research and service to psychology. Goodheart works at the intersection of physical and mental health, practice and science, humanism and scholarship.
Background: Before becoming a psychologist, Goodheart trained as a nurse. She worked in urban emergency medicine and intensive care, as well as rural public health on two Native American reservations. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University, and she specializes in the treatment of individuals, couples and families coping with physical diseases or disabilities. In addition to her practice, she has served at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in a number of roles: clinical supervisor, contributing faculty and committee on continuing education. She is a founding partner of two organizations: PsychHealth, P.A., a multi-specialty mental health practice offering treatment services, program design and consultation, primarily in health psychology, and W2W, L.L.C., dedicated to the development and dissemination of materials designed to build strengths, promote health, and enhance quality of life for women. She has been a leader in APA for almost two decades.
National and state leadership: Goodheart co-chairs the APA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology Practice. She served as the APA Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors for the past six years. Previously, she chaired the Finance Committee, Policy and Planning Board, and the Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice; she also co-chaired the Task Force on Health and the Congressional Initiative on Serious Illness. She served on the Council of Representatives from both a division (Psychotherapy) and a state (N.J.). Her service also encompasses such diverse leadership activities as: co-chair of the CEO search committee that hired Dr. Norman B. Anderson; senior adviser to the Advisory Council on Genetics; president of APA's largest division (Psychologists in Independent Practice); trustee of the APA Insurance Trust; and a board member of Women in Psychology for Legislative Action. In New Jersey, she has been a long-term New Jersey Psychological Association member, executive board member, PAC president, council representative and advocate.
Scholarship: An author and editor, Goodheart has published extensively on health, women and the practice of psychology. Her books include "Evidence-Based Psychotherapy: Where Practice and Research Meet" (Goodheart, Kazdin and Sternberg, APA); "Treating People with Chronic Disease: A Psychological Guide" (Goodheart and Lansing, APA); "Handbook of Girls' and Women's Psychological Health" (Worell and Goodheart, Oxford University Press); and "Living with Childhood Cancer: A Practical Guide to Help Families Cope" (Woznick and Goodheart, APA). She served as a consulting editor or editorial board member for Professional Psychology, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy.
Honors: Fellow of APA, Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) Distinguished Psychologist Award for Lifetime Contributions, Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Best Practice Award, APA Presidential Citation, Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Psychology, and Distinguished Psychologist of the Year awards from Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and the NJPA.
Goodheart's candidate statement
Every president must articulate the essential challenges, envision where APA needs to go, work on concrete strategies to get there, serve as a good steward and pave the way for the next generation. I pledge effective leadership to fulfill those duties and advance initiatives central to members: economics, advocacy, diversity and partnerships.
There are four key areas for APA growth:
Economic strides. We must address our members' career needs more directly. Career-building support is a practice issue, a science issue, an education issue, a diversity issue and an early-career issue. We must create stronger methods for success in competitive health care, business, education and research funding environments. We need national summit planning, such as the 2009 Practice Summit I am co-chairing. Also, we need reliable, diversified revenue streams for APA so that we can meet members' needs without raising dues.
Advocacy. Psychology has great messages, but we need more messengers. It is vital that we share psychological science and keep our seats at legislative and regulatory tables.
Diversity. We must advocate inside and outside psychology to improve intergroup relations and value diversity. We must collaborate with other organizations that share our goals and with psychology organizations in other countries that share our vision.
Partnerships. We must improve the way the public looks at psychology by refining our strategies and focus. Our common purpose is to generate and use knowledge for change. One powerful way to focus our influence is to develop a think tank designed to advance psychology's agenda by creating a new partnership among psychologists with diverse perspectives.
I am honored to be a candidate for APA President and ask for your No. 1 vote. Learn more about a progressive agenda at www.CarolGoodheartForAPAPresident.com.