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?
There's nothing like a cup of coffee — especially when cups of coffee are enjoyed together at joint conferences and collaborative projects. As co-founder of PsychContinuingEd.com, I know all about how people from different backgrounds can come together to present their findings, discuss issues and find common ground. Let's not simply "promote APA's science and practice expertise" and our own agenda. Let's find a common purpose and consider the needs of other organizations so we'll have success in joining forces in effective alliances. Great alliances start by daring to try; daring to try starts by pouring more cups of coffee.
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?
We can't simply react to changes from external sources like new technology by endlessly debating guidelines. We must actively stimulate innovation. Technology is only one piece of a comprehensive, innovative approach to health-care reform. We'll expand the influence of psychology and improve the lives of those we serve. We won't form another insulated, closed-off committee — we'll crowdsource innovative ideas with the Psychology Innovation Challenge. We'll actively seek out great ideas no matter who they come from, and give them the national attention APA can provide and connections to grant funding. Read more about the Psychology Innovation Challenge online.