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?
Understanding the "education pipeline" and assuring expanded funding for education and training in all branches of psychology is critical. I helped secure funding for APA's new Center for Workforce Studies that will provide information to help guide students toward career opportunities and provide data to help advocates secure funding to support our students and help solve the "internship imbalance problem."
To assure quality education we must focus on: diversity throughout the educational pipeline; competency-based education; relevant continuing education for license renewal and lifelong learning; global competency for all psychology; and limiting government regulations threatening academic freedom.
Q2: What do you see as the role of science in psychology?
APA's bylaws call for psychology "to advance scientific interests and inquiry, and the application of research findings to the promotion of health, education and the public welfare." Psychology's long-term success is based on being both a basic and applied science as well as using our critical thinking skills in our work in the clinic, lab, industry, schools and public service. The role of psychological science is to study and apply knowledge to solving the world's concerns about climate, peace, poverty, hunger, health and education. Science, a core value of psychology, must be supported to keep our agenda strong. www.rozenskyforapapresident.com.
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