Candidates for APA President
Q1. What do you see as three of the biggest challenges facing psychology in the next 10 years?
First, APA must move psychology to the forefront of health care. Second, persuasive communications are needed to gain more resources for advancing science, training and practice. Third, accreditation/approval should upgrade requirements for training and continuing education. My background in health care, law and education complements my efforts as a psychologist. I will help our membership:
Gain authority (evidence-based), special competence (psychopharmacology, primary care), and confidence through enhanced professionalism (minimizing governmental regulations, returning monitoring/control of practice to the discipline).
Generate greater acceptance and cultivate resources (third-party/governmental funding).
Extend psychological services to ALL people, especially those facing adversities. www.BobWoodyHelpsPsychology.com.
Q2. What would you do to lead the profession to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
I will provide assertive, open-minded and confident leadership for APA's being more prominent globally. Embracing evidence-based research and scholarly knowledge, I will help APA address the effects of adverse conditions (e.g., natural disasters, chronic illnesses, disabilities, infectious diseases, hunger, poverty, terrorism, war, unemployment and crime) and underserved populations (e.g., rural, military, homeless, offenders).
I will advocate:
Protecting human rights.
Counteracting biases, prejudices and discrimination.
Respecting and reinforcing individual and group uniqueness.
With multidisciplinary expertise and relying on the wisdom of the APA strategic plan, I will energetically and tirelessly champion benefits for APA members and society. www.BobWoodyHelpsPsychology.com.