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)?
Quick question: When was the last time you heard of a local get-together for specifically APA members? APA membership should lead to automatic membership in a state association. All objections can be addressed through organizational adaptations. Money and council positions flow to SPTAs, members should also flow to SPTAs. APA's "severed head" structure unnecessarily inhibits engaging members. You can't engage members remotely from Washington, D.C., and scientists, educators and practitioners all need local and regional opportunities for mentorship, networking and service. No volunteer should ever be turned away. We'll increase contacts among ECPs, researchers and practitioners at a local level.
Q2: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
I envision a future where no person or academic discipline is unjustly deprived of the benefits of psychology. William Gibson said, "The future is already here, it is just not yet evenly distributed." Implementing evidence-based practice is our future; it's time to evenly distribute it. I started PsychContinuingEd.com and am running now to ensure that all people — no matter where they live, how much they make or who their ancestors were — have access to the best available care. In the future, we'll need more psychologists, not fewer. This vision reflects our principle of justice; share it with me. Visit my website.