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)?
An active trainer and ECP mentor, I will prioritize making APA more relevant and attentive to ECPs by: 1. Ensuring an ECP slot on all boards and committees; 2. Including one-third ECP representation on all groups I initiate; 3. Instituting an ECP track at leadership conferences; 4. Increasing ECP programming at conventions; 5. Spearheading an ECP leadership program; and 6. Convening an Internship Crisis Summit. Working with APA's Early Career Psychologist Committee, I will guarantee information dissemination about employment opportunities, handling debt and navigating jobs. I will invite training directors to contribute innovative plans to promote ECP leadership within APA.
Q2: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
Interdisciplinary education and training, research, practice and policy endeavors are exciting realities and challenges to psychology. Interprofessional models for training undergraduates to become mature professionals can be developed and implemented, ensuring that psychologists are competent in program evaluation, quality improvement and leadership. Through application of psychological science, interdisciplinary evidence-based practices will be created and assessed; interprofessional team-building and program effectiveness evaluated; and the impact of technology on teamwork, communication and outcomes better understood. Social communication tools can enhance communication with STEM discipline colleagues to foster novel collaborations. An APA-sponsored, cross-discipline "Summit for the Future of Science" will advance these efforts.