Candidates for APA President
Q1: What do you see as the most critical issues facing psychology with respect to education and training at all levels (including internships) and how would you focus on these concerns?
We must infuse psychology into all levels of education, educate the public about the relevance of our science and services to their everyday lives, and ensure we all employ multicultural competency throughout these endeavors.
Critical challenges: Increase internship positions, ease student-debt burden, increase research funding, improve IRB processes, facilitate interdisciplinary training, promote access to quality continuing education and identify new employment prospects.
Ways forward: I fully support enhanced information (e.g., work-force analysis), expertise (e.g., competencies-based education), leadership (e.g., public education campaigns), advocacy (for research, education and training funds) and the use of new information technologies to meet our challenges.
Q2: What do you see as the role of science in psychology?
Science is the bedrock of our discipline and is fundamental to APA's mission. Consistent with that mission, I will propose the development of a new think tank as a partnership among psychologists with expertise in science, education and practice to address targeted societal problems and to influence public policy. In addition, I fully support:
Advocacy for behavioral science research funding.
The science strategic communications plan.
Our pre-eminent publications program.
Initiatives to increase the number of quantitative psychologists.
Psychological science must inform APA's daily activities. It is integral to us and our identity. www.CarolGoodheartForAPAPresident.com.