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?
APA’s Council of Representatives approved development of practice guidelines, consistent with the recommendations of the 2009 Future of Psychology Practice Summit. The National Institutes of Health has expressed increased interest in funding translational research — studies that bridge science and practice. Science can inform practice, bringing psychological research from bench to bedside. But practice can also inform science by identifying the clinical questions needing empirical answers. By integrating existing and future translational research findings, science and practice should work synergistically within APA to develop evidence-based practice guidelines to ensure that we, not others, define best practices for our profession.
Q4. What actions would you take to enhance the standing and reputation of psychology around the world?
As APA’s president, I will support the Office of International Affairs to advance its mission and programs. I will encourage APA’s continued involvement as a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations. I will support APA’s continued involvement with the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases to ensure that mental disorders are classified consistent with psychological and neuropsychological research findings. I intend to focus on enhancing the relationships between APA and other national and international psychological societies to promote collaboration among our members. APA should be increasingly visible as an international leader in psychological science and practice.