Candidates for APA President

Bray (University of Houston, 1980, Clinical Psychology) is associate professor of family and community medicine and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Bray was the 2009 APA president. Bray was on the faculty at Texas Woman’s University, Houston Center for six years. He teaches psychology students, resident physicians and medical students and directs the faculty development program. He conducts research on developmental and family factors in divorce, remarriage, adolescent substance use; applied methodology; and collaboration between physicians and psychologists. In addition to his internationally recognized research, he maintains an active clinical practice specializing in children and families, behavioral medicine and child custody issues. He has been active in APA governance for over 22 years focusing on science, practice, education and state issues.

Effective leader within psychology: 2009 APA president; chair, APA Rural Health Committee and Task Force; APA Council of Representatives; president, Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology); chair, Board of Educational Affairs Awards Committee; chair, Texas PSY-PAC.

Internationally recognized scholar and researcher: Over 175 publications (Multivariate Analysis of Variance with Scott Maxwell, SAGE; Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage and Parenting in the First Decade, Broadway Books).

Four National Institutes of Health grants: Developmental Issues in StepFamilies and A Longitudinal Study of Stepfamily Development (two RO1s from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development); Alcohol, Psychosocial Factors and Adolescent Development (two RO1s from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism); SAMHSA-funded projects on treating the homeless, and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for substance use problems. Consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health Consortium on Families and HIV/AIDS research program and planning committee for annual conference, Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS. NIMH SRCM-D Review Group, MHAI-1 Initial Review Group; National Science Foundation grant reviewer; Department of Army reviewer.

Active in APA governance: Board of Educational Affairs; Board of Scientific Affairs observer; Primary Care Task Force; State Leadership Organizing Committee; President’s Mini-Convention Program Task Forces; treasurer for five APA divisions; member-at-large, Divs. 29, 34, 55; chair of Family Therapy in Independent Practice Task Force, Psychologists in Independent Practice. Fellow of Divs. 5, 7, 12, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 42, 43, 46, 55. Member of Divs. 21, 30, 50, 53.

Strong advocate for all of psychology: Federal advocacy coordinator for Texas and Divs. 12 and 43; APA Public Policy Advocacy Network; APA Education Advocacy Network; fund-raiser for Association for Advancement of Psychology; Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Child Visitation; National Health Policy Council, steering committee.

Recognized for achievements: Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice for Psychology; Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Professional Psychology; Federal Advocacy Award from the APA Practice Directorate; Family Psychologist of the Year; Psychologist of the Year, Houston Psychological Association.

Recognized by the national media: Research featured by ABC’s “20/20”; “Today”; CNN News; USA Today; New York Times; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; U.S. News & World Report; Time and National Public Radio.

See Bray for APA for more information.

Candidate statement

I am honored to run for APA president. I am running to continue to get things done for our profession. In 2009, we began some very important work with the Future of Psychology Practice and Science initiatives and they need to be continued and expanded. I also want to ensure that we complete our five-year strategic plan and help develop the next phase of the plan. Three areas need our immediate attention:

  • The Future of Psychology Practice Task Force recommended a strong focus on economically viable models for the current generation of psychological services, while continuing to transition to new models of practice created in federal health-care reform legislation. We need a strong APA Practice Organization for this.
  • The Republican Congress has taken aim at behavioral science funding. This is a veiled attempt to undermine psychological science at a time when understanding the integration of behavior, genetics and neuroscience are at a critical juncture and vital to our national interests. We need strong advocacy from all psychologists to fight this.
  • New educational models to train the next generation of practitioners and scientists to be successful in the changing health-care and academic environments are needed. We must attract a diverse group of the best and brightest students into our field. We must address the financial burdens of training and the internship and postdoctoral crisis.

I have the knowledge, experience and working relationships with governance, staff and Members of Congress to get things done. Unlike other candidates, there is no learning curve for me. I know how to be president and can focus efforts on getting more things accomplished for our profession. My track record is clear and compelling — see APA’s 2009 Annual Report and Bray for APA.

Thank you for your No. 1 vote — see you at the 2013 Hawaii convention.