Candidates for APA President
Q5. As APA president, on what specific education issue(s) would you focus?
As chair-elect of an advisory committee in HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions, I have taken a leading role advocating for funding for interprofessional education, training and services with a focus on psychology's place in health-care reform.
I support APA's responsibilities promoting quality education in psychology from high school through lifelong, professional development in practice and basic and applied science.
We must focus on:
Science, psychology's educational foundation.
Work force analysis of employment opportunities guiding students toward new and traditional careers.
Diversity throughout the "educational pipeline."
Relevant continuing education for license renewal and lifelong learning.
Global competency for all psychology.
Q6. What actions would you take to enhance the standing and reputation of psychology around the world?
APA must expand its public education campaigns, congressional fellowships and "media footprint" as a science and profession. We must:
Go beyond "pop-press" images of psychology and communicate that psychological principles underlie all domains of the human condition.
Demonstrate how psychological science positively impacts crucial issues like public health, quality-of-life, longevity, safety (Healthy People 2010), education, international relations, economics, global warming, workplace performance.
Assure policymakers understand that effect-sizes for psychological treatments equal those in medicine, newest scientific findings inform practice, and investing in research and service yields high returns.
APA should produce NPR-like news segments highlighting "Psychology and Healthy Living."
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