Candidates for APA President
Q1. What do you see as three of the biggest challenges facing psychology in the next 10 years?
Psychology's training models must adapt to the changing face of society, without compromising quality and competence. Training should focus on preparing future psychologists for a broader scope of practice and for new and emerging roles. The internship shortage crisis needs immediate attention.
Psychologists need to be prepared to assume collaborative leadership roles in the interprofessional primary-care health homes that will serve as the backbone of our emerging health-care system.
Finally, psychology must be recognized as a STEM science with increased federal funding for theoretical and applied psychological research. Scientific research, from bench to bedside, is the foundation of psychology.
Q2. What would you do to lead the profession to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
Since 1980, I have practiced in Alaska. Today, more than 80 languages are spoken by Anchorage students. My daughters graduated in a class that ranged from indigenous to immigrant, with no majority race or culture. My community is a cultural melting pot — a crucible of the world's future.
As president, I will embrace diversity, prioritizing inclusion and collaboration among all members of the profession. I support reinstatement of APA's funding for the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training. APA should increase its collaboration with psychological associations throughout the global community, including scientists and practitioners in developing nations.