Candidates for APA President
Q5. As APA president, on what specific education issue(s) would you focus?
I give priority to empirically supported educational strategies across the life span. I advocate innovative learning strategies for advancing scholarly strategies to propel everyone to seek and respect intellectual and positive attainments. Education must be bias-free and unimpeded by culture, geography, finances, individual characteristics or personal preferences. Developmental learning opportunities should be afforded to those with disabilities and unfulfilled potentials. Emphasis should be on educational interventions to modify maladaptive behavior of all ages, including for rehabilitation of social offenders. Traditionalism and faddism should be avoided, with favor being given to educational planning embracing empirical research and data-based decision-making.
Q6. What actions would you take to enhance the standing and reputation of psychology around the world?
I would ensure that APA leads the effort for federal and state legislative funding for international research collaboration and communication about research that will create universal benefits. Distance learning programs (with quality control) and technology relevant to psychology should be available everywhere. APA should also seek to move psychology into multicultural services, whether for community, educational or clinical purposes. I want APA to be the world's leader for the promotion of the science and profession of psychology and the many resources psychology can offer. Stated simply, APA leadership can influence global, societal, governmental and domestic relationships, priorities and ethics.