Candidates for APA President
Q3: Taking into account the changing demographics of our society (e.g., aging population, ethnic diversity), how would you forge effective alliances with other organizations and disciplines to promote APA's science and practice expertise?
APA publishes the world's preeminent journals on psychological science and practice. Research contained therein is consumed far beyond the APA membership and is cited by a diverse spectrum of health, human service and education professionals. Our research has affected public policy (e.g., Head Start) and is poised to continue doing so (e.g., same-sex marriage; diagnosis and management of dementia). As your president, I will actively reach out to the leadership of other national and international associations to promote psychology's science and practice expertise. Psychology has much to offer in an increasingly specialized, transdisciplinary and diverse society.
Q4: Given the growing importance and impact of technology on psychological practice and the positioning of psychotherapy and other psychological treatments, assessment and other services in health-care reform, what do you envision as an appropriate role for the association on these issues?
APA must be in the vanguard of health policy development. Rather than adapt to change, we need to create the changes that will enhance psychology practice. Development of practice guidelines by and for psychologists is imperative. APA's proactive involvement in the design and promotion of the electronic health record system is critical to ensure that psychological assessment and treatment records are not reduced to mindless, forced-choice menu selections created by computer programmers who presume to understand psychology practice because they have read the DSM-IV and the CPT. Let's endeavor to create the changes needed so psychologists can flourish.