Candidates for APA President
Q3. What would you do to lead the profession to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
Working with others for decades to make psychology more inclusive to the range of human experience leads me to the following goals:
• Using methods of demonstrated effectiveness to ensure that identity factors, such as race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, are not barriers to full participation in our discipline or society.
• Applying effective interventions to reduce prejudice and discrimination.
• Prioritizing efforts to understand and prevent hate-based forms of violence, like terrorist attacks, immigrant assaults and the recent murder at the Holocaust museum.
• Broadening communication and collaboration with international colleagues.
• Enhancing communication among those who hold differing views about achieving diversity in psychology.
Q4. Given the current economic situation and budget deficits in APA, what would be your top priorities and why?
Our strategic planning provides a framework to review our current expenditures and to ask: Why are we doing this? Are we using funds efficiently and wisely? I would prioritize funding communications with legislative, policymakers, granting organizations and individuals to secure funding for our trainees (e.g., more internships) and researchers (basic and applied), and to ensure that psychology's voice and values influence health-care reform, including making mental health parity a reality. I would prioritize effective communication between APA and our members via the full range of methods, leading APA to master the use of new technologies.
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