Candidates for APA President

Q5. As APA president, what specific actions would you take to support education and training at all levels, as well as address the issue of inadequate numbers of training sites in the current economic climate?

Psychology is one of the most popular majors on college campuses and is being offered in an increasing number of high schools. This is welcome news because exposure of large numbers of high school and undergraduate students to psychology will create a more educated public that respects psychological science and demands greater access to psychological services. For this reason, APA must support teachers of psychology at all levels. Federal advocacy is one important way APA can work to increase resources for more graduate training sites; medicine has benefited from this for many years. Psychology needs to do the same.

Q6. What specific initiatives will you offer, that fit within the strategic plan, for the future of psychology practice?

My experiences as a practitioner in medical settings and as a health legislative aide for Sen. Hillary Clinton are particularly relevant to APA’s strategic plan to expand psychology’s role in advancing health. With the passage of mental health parity and health-care reform, APA has the opportunity to make psychology an integral part of health care. To do this, APA must advocate for a larger role for psychology in health care, expanding its traditional emphasis on mental health care, and APA must provide needed leadership to assure the next generation of psychologists is appropriately trained to serve in this role.