Candidates for APA President

Given that modern psychology must contain science, scholarship and ethics to benefit all people in our global society, I am a supporter of the scientist-practitioner model and excellence in psychological research and practice.

In pursuit of these objectives, my studies have included psychology, law, public health and education. My university degrees include: PhD (Michigan State), ScD (Pittsburgh) and JD (Creighton), with postdoctoral studies at the University of London (Maudsley Hospital) and the Washington School of Psychiatry. I have expressed my scholarship in 34 books and over 200 articles. With these credentials, I advocate strengthening psychology (specific credentials).

Since 1966, I have been active in APA. I have served on the Council of Representatives (two terms), the Ethics Committee, Div. 12’s (Society of Clinical Psychology) Board of Directors (treasurer) and on numerous division-level committees. I support linkage between APA and state/provincial/territorial psychological associations, and positive communications with other professional associations involving mental health practitioners (e.g., APA and NASP).

For the Florida Psychological Association, I have been president, on the Board of Directors and on various committees (Education and Conference Planning). I have also had leadership roles in other national mental health associations, usually involving ethics and standards.

I am a licensed psychologist in Florida and Michigan, an ABPP diplomate (Clinical and Forensic), and an APA fellow of Divs. 12, 16, 17, 18, 38, 40, 41, 42 and 43, and a member of Divs. 1, 31 and 49. I am admitted to the Florida, Michigan and Nebraska Bars.

Within the scientific-practitioner model, I teach social, family, forensic, school, clinical and counseling psychology and administrative (leadership/organizations) courses as a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (formerly dean for graduate studies and research). My teaching emphasizes empirically based advances — I seldom use the same textbook twice.

For 40-plus years, I have engaged in clinical-forensic-family independent practice. I am devoted to helping psychologists avoid or resolve ethical and legal dilemmas, and provide them with evidence-based strategies, supervision and psycholegal consultation.

With persistent diplomacy and without apology, I assertively advocate improved economic conditions for psychologists. I strive to motivate psychologists to develop new roles and income streams, including prescription authority and primary-care status.

My qualifications support making psychology a first-class citizen among the health-care professions. By being in the forefront of research and practice, psychologists can lead the effort to provide quality services for all people, regardless of global, cultural or individual characteristics.

Families and communities must be a primary focus for contemporary psychological services, addressing critical problems like discrimination, abuse, crime and failures in governmental policy. Among other things, I am prepared to promote a resurgence of community mental health principles, as will address the unmet needs of the chronically mentally ill, homeless, disabled and poor people of all ages and cultures, including in disasters.

With open-mindedness and persuasive communications and relying on tact and scholarship to gain desired outcomes, I shall constructively pursue these professional objectives. I will appreciate your support of my candidacy for APA president-elect.

Woody’s candidate statement

Psychology is science for developing a healthy and productive society for all people. If elected, my presidential initiative will be four-fold:

  1. Help psychology be a STEM-quality science.

  2. Assure psychological practice provides science and scholarship to benefit all people.

  3. Bridge schisms among psychologists.

  4. Cultivate government resources to improve the human condition globally.

Being a professor and practitioner, I know that efficacious learning, assessment and treatment require allegiance to the scientist-practitioner model. We must continue the efforts to better integrate the results of research and scholarly thought with the wisdom that comes from practice.

The scientist-practitioner model can persuade third-party payment sources to accept the value-added results of psychology in health care, such as the benefits from prescription authority. Psychology should be linked to primary care, with respect and acceptance from all health-related professions. Certainly neuropsychology, prescription authority, and empirically derived assessment and interdisciplinary interventions should be prominent.

APA must embrace multiculturalism in all pursuits, and attend to people affected by natural disasters, chronic illnesses, disabilities, infectious diseases, hunger, poverty, terrorism, war, unemployment and crime. Too often, the neglect of those in need of basic care and support comes from prejudices and discrimination — that must no longer be tolerated.

Government funding for research, training and community programs must be consistent and increased. Empirically based professionalism will increase resources for mental health research, training and service, lessen governmental regulations and return disciplinary control to psychologists.

APA faces many new challenges. Wise and creative decision-making requires leadership, teamwork, open-mindedness, critical analysis, strategic planning and effective communication. I will bring high energy and interdisciplinary knowledge to the table, and work tirelessly for the creation of effective strategies and solutions — I do not waiver in the face of adversity. I will appreciate your support. More information at Web site.