Candidates for APA President
Q1: How will you integrate/reflect APA’s commitment to diversity in all of your presidential endeavors?
APA’s practices should demonstrate respect for the growing diversity of our discipline and society. Examples include the following:
APA can work with other educational societies to address obstacles to the entry of women and individuals of minority background into academia.
APA must be vigilant about confronting efforts to misuse psychological research to justify continued discrimination against members of sexual minorities.
When selecting participants for APA committees, we should consistently consider the extent to which diversity in the age, race and culture, sexual orientation, gender and disability of its members can contribute to the goals of the group.
Q2: Specifically, where does education and training appear in any of your planned presidential initiatives?
I have been an educator for 25 years, from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level, so I am deeply committed to enhancing the quality of psychology education. Key issues include:
Addressing the ongoing crisis in internships for health-care psychologists in training. No truly ethical discipline would allow this imbalance to continue year after year.
Generating better estimates of the need for psychologists in the future.
Making the case for the importance of continued support for education and training in federal and state budgets. Such efforts must focus on the value of training both clinicians and researchers.