Candidates for APA President
Q3. What would you do to lead the profession to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
The general public and human service professionals alike must be aware of the unifying research on cultural diversity. Throughout the life span, education should be directed at eradicating bias, prejudice and discrimination, and elevating appreciation of individual and collective uniqueness. Psychological ideas about cultural factors should be integrated into all academic subjects. I shall assertively pursue fostering individual and collective values that honor humanity, and seek to persuade government, education and mass media sources to espouse socially responsible messages about multiculturalism. The international psychology community must be unified, such as by collaborative research, education and social/health service programs.
Q4. Given the current economic situation and budget deficits in APA, what would be your top priorities and why?
My top two-fold priority will be authoritative, transparent and persuasive communications to the membership about finances and eliciting members' ideas about solutions. To circumvent further budget problems, I commit to strategic planning for improved cost control and increased revenues. Oppositional influences, such as crass commercialism, must be contradicted forcefully, which I will promote by asserting that psychology is a prototype for advancing human welfare. Whether in my personal or professional life, I live by fiscal prudence, which facilitates healthful conditions and constructive productivity. Professionalism requires resources, and society benefits from supporting APA's contributions to research, education and social/health services.