Candidates for APA President
Q1: What concrete steps will you take during your term to encourage the engagement of early career psychologists (ECPs) in APA (scientists, educators and practitioners)?
"The Year of Our Youth" is the foundation of my candidacy. This foundation will serve as my litmus test for selecting policy priorities while serving as your president. When elected, I will recruit a working group composed of early career psychologists and members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to identify issues of greatest importance to our nascent scientists, educators and practitioners. Based upon input from this working group, I will focus presidential initiatives specifically on promoting the best interest of the youth within our profession. If early career psychologists are flourishing, we will all benefit.
Q2: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
Psychology is a STEM discipline, but should not be viewed as being set apart from other scientific disciplines. When behavior is a dependent or independent variable in any scientific research, psychologists should strive to be involved. Psychology has benefited from embracing interdisciplinarity. Psychologists received the Nobel Prize in 1981 in medicine and 2002 in economics. By embracing an increasingly transdisciplinary future, I envision psychologists receiving the Nobel in other divergent fields of science. To the extent behavior plays a role in any domain of scientific inquiry, psychologists should bring our knowledge and skills to bear on this body of research.