Candidates for APA President
Q3: What key initiatives do you think will enhance the practice of psychology as a profession in the 21st century?
Educating the public, government and industry decision-makers about how psychological services promote health and decrease health-care costs, thus assuring psychology's inclusion in any future national health-care system.
Preparing psychologists to practice within an evidence-based and pay-for-performance health-care system through relevant, high-quality education and training.
Advocating for enhanced reimbursement for psychologists in independent and institutional practices, including schools, hospitals, community health centers, government agencies and industry. This will assure a strong psychological workforce and availability of quality psychological healthcare services.
Promoting cultural and global competency in clinical and consulting practices to assure psychology remains a viable profession.
Q4: Some of our members believe that the association should avoid political and moral stands on pressing social issues. What relationship(s) do you see as desirable among psychology, the association and social justice issues?
Psychology, the science of human behavior, should be called upon by society to offer comment on important issues impacting the health, welfare, education, peace, security and safety of everyone. APA's 1969 President Leona Tyler wrote that when APA addresses issues of public affairs, there should be a definitive statement of policy with supporting evidence. APA rules require that such comment must be vetted through APA's elected governance before it becomes association policy. This check-and-balance ensures that our association's policy statements covering these important topics have gone through a due-diligence review by elected governance representing the membership.
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