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?

Using science to treat and prevent disease is a core value within medicine, underlies the work of the National Institutes of Health — the world’s largest funder of health research — and is central to psychology’s scientist-practitioner training model. Psychologists are uniquely qualified to participate in treatment guideline development because they are trained as both scientists and practitioners — no other health profession trains in this model. Psychologists also understand the inherently dynamic process that underlies treatment guideline development; practice informs science and science informs practice. Guidelines are never static; they are always changing in response to new scientific evidence.

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

APA needs to collaborate with interested international partners such as the International Union of Psychological Science, the World Health Organization and the International Council of Science — organizations well-positioned to enhance the reputation of psychology worldwide. Here in the United States, APA needs to encourage greater participation in international and cross-cultural educational experiences for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. APA needs to be responsive to developing countries’ requests for greater access to psychological science, educational program development and psychological service-delivery, while remaining sensitive to cultural context, limited resources and the power imbalances such partnerships may entail.