Candidates for APA President

Q3. How do you see science and practice informing one another? Specifically, as national health care increasingly moves toward treatment guidelines, how might the science and practice communities work together to develop guidelines appropriate for psychology?

Psychology is the only behavioral health profession that requires its practitioners to have solid grounding in research design and methodology and an abiding appreciation for its scientific foundations. Given the demands of the new health-care environment, including emphasis on comparative effectiveness research, practitioners and scientists must collaborate. Thus, I would convene a summit of members of both communities with the goal of creating a general template for practice guidelines. The applied specialties could then adapt them as they develop their own specific guidelines that are both scientifically rigorous and sensitive to the realities of practice.

Q4. What actions would you take to enhance the standing and reputation of psychology around the world?

APA has already taken significant steps for promoting psychology globally through its Committee on International Relationships in Psychology and Div. 52 (International). But what will enhance psychology’s reputation even more around the world is creating practical, supportable solutions to real-life and often intractable problems. For example, psychology can produce and disseminate research on patient compliance with medical regimens in developing countries. APA must also be mindful that 20 percent of U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home. We must show the world that American psychology is serious about training ethnically and culturally diverse practitioners.