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?

The scientist-practitioner model is superior for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating field trials for empirically validated treatments from which the practitioners’ wisdom can derive reality-based standards and treatment guidelines. Practitioners must be prepared for and engage in:

  • Prevention, crisis and tertiary programs, and

  • Dealing with public health issues (epidemics/pandemics, natural disasters).

Science and practice should seek conceptual and factual integration, requiring open-mindedness to the benefits and necessity of each other. Society and psychology will benefit from the unification of science and practice, whereas a schism will be detrimental to everyone.

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

Internationally, I will tout the high-quality of psychological research and scholarship, pointing out that psychology is the paragon for betterment of all people. I will use my technological competence to promote education and training across borders and advocate the benefits of applying psychology to the world’s problems. For persuasive actions, I will:

  • Emphasize humanitarianism, social virtues and futurism

  • Cultivate individual and collective commitment to constructive, peaceful and healthy living.

One of my presidential initiatives will be to obtain higher quality education, training, research and practice globally by expanding and strengthening APA accreditation and approval of continuing education.