APA members have elected Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, a private practitioner based in Princeton, N.J., as the association's 2010 president.
Goodheart is perhaps best known for helping psychology respond to the evidence-based practice movement within APA and throughout the profession. She was chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence Based Practice, which developed guidelines for psychologists who want to better serve their clients.
She has been a leader in APA governance for almost 20 years, most notably as APA treasurer from 2005 to 2007 and a member of APA's Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004. In her private practice as a health psychologist, she treats people with depression, anxiety and chronic physical conditions such as cancer and diabetes.
Before she pursued psychology, Goodheart worked as a nurse in urban emergency medicine and for the U.S. Public Health Service on Native American reservations in Arizona and South Dakota. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology at Rutgers University in 1978.
In addition to a prominent psychology career, she has three grown daughters and five grandchildren with her husband, Hugh. Goodheart spoke with the Monitor about her plans for the APA presidency.
Why did you run for APA president?
I am pleased and proud to serve psychology in this role. I'm excited to work with APA toward my longtime goal of integrating the practice and scholarship of psychology. There is an incredible array of talent in our volunteer leadership. As president, I would like to mobilize their strength and potential.
What are your priorities for APA?
We have to pay attention to economics. Changes in the financial climate profoundly affect research, education and public access to psychological services. I plan to push for more collaboration among health professional groups in an effort to promote a healthier country. I think psychology has a lot to offer in this area. As active partners for policy development and advocacy, we can further integrate psychology and the health-care system. I'm looking forward to enhancing those collaborations.
Any other priorities?
I am also eager to shine a spotlight on an often-overlooked population: caregivers. As baby boomers age, the number of people acting as caregivers is growing. Whether it's professional caregivers or those who care for ailing spouses and parents, their health issues are in need of greater attention. There is a fine body of research out there that can be helpful in determining the needs of this giving population.
What's your approach to leadership?
My leadership style is collaborative and inclusive. I think in these difficult times it's important to realize that leadership is about serving common goals. I hope to do my part in inspiring this level of shared commitment as APA's president. In our nation we are seeing a call to citizen leadership and participation, and I hope we can translate that into psychologist participation.
Do you have a message for members?
There are great challenges in the United States and around the world. If psychologists work together, we can be part of the solution.
AND THE WINNER IS...
APA sent the election ballots to all eligible APA voters on Oct. 15. Intelliscan Inc. counted the ballots and the Election Committee certified the results Dec. 4. The candidates are listed in the order of finish:
Carol D. Goodheart, EdD
Ronald H. Rozensky, PhD
Steven J. Reisner, PhD
Robert E. McGrath, PhD
Jack Kitaeff, PhD, JD