Candidates for APA President
Q1: What will you do to address the challenges of membership composition, growth and participation in APA?
I shall use innovative ways to inform high school, undergraduate and graduate psychology students about new psychology careers though Web sites and press releases, using intriguing research and well-crafted messages to cultivate public awareness of psychology and its benefits to society. To increase respect for and dedication to APA, I shall shape APA's organizational culture by constructive, scholarly and reality-oriented efforts that support diversity, global perspectives, modern life and positivism about the future. I will strive to replace any dissonance or conflict within APA with unification for improved mental health, education and social/health services to help all people.
Q2: What concrete ideas do you have about how APA can better serve our early career psychologists?
Since society benefits from robust professions, I shall implement communications about how psychological research, teaching and practice create positive conditions for everyone individually and collectively. With interactive technology, I shall mine every service context, organization and culture for more ways that will allow psychologists to be productive. Schools and universities will be encouraged to establish links between psychology and the sciences, humanities and arts, which will broaden opportunities for psychological applications. I shall cultivate expanded training resources (more scholarships and placement sites), and urge every APA member to "partner" with an early career psychologist to bolster professionalism in our society.