Candidates for APA President
Q5: What are your plans to increase significantly the number of new members and retain current members?
Current and potential APA members view other organizations (state associations, APS) as more directly relevant to their needs and willing to listen to their concerns. To counteract this trend, I would urge APA to provide more substantial support to our science members, advance the interests of those practitioners who labor on behalf of patients in their private offices, and ensure that APAGS lobbies its constituents to become full-fledged APA members. We must recruit Hispanic students (future APA members) to our graduate programs, as by 2040, non-Hispanic whites (future clients) will be in the minority in the United States.
Q6: What steps must APA take to ensure it has a legitimate, compelling and persuasive voice before the various state and federal legislatures and courts?
When I served as APA’s lawyer, we filed 25 amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. In a speech, the then-deputy clerk of the court specifically named APA as one of two organizations that the justices relied on for accurate information. That is because the positions APA advanced were based on valid science. APA will only have a compelling and legitimate voice before legislative and judicial policymakers if two conditions are met: 1. Its advocacy is based on sound science; and 2. What it advocates for serves not only parochial interests but, most importantly, serves the public interest.
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