Candidates for APA President

Q3: What three steps would you take in order to enhance APA’s science agenda consistent with the strategic plan goal of enhancing science in APA?

APA’s mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. The successful achievement of that goal, therefore, depends on the production and dissemination of valid and practical science. To do that, APA must:

  • Attract and retain academicians and scientists as members — we cannot pay lip service to this goal, we must make genuine efforts.
  • Promote scientific findings in the mainstream media, e.g., science section of The New York Times.
  • Ensure that governmental policymakers and the judiciary are informed of psychological data.

Sound policy must be informed by sound science.

Q4: The increasing use and availability of advanced technology has important implications for psychology. Please describe how you will ensure psychology remains on the cutting edge of these developments.

APA has a task force to examine this issue with knowledgeable and diverse representatives from APA, ASPPB and APAIT, despite criticisms of its membership from the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions. The feasibility and efficacy of Internet interventions have been demonstrated in controlled conditions — for, e.g., anxiety, PTSD, depression, eating disorders. The Internet can also be useful in validating new online tests, including shortened versions of existing scales. Thus, the task force ensures that APA remains on the forefront of this vital emerging area and as president I will fully support its mission.