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?
I will lead APA in reaffirming psychology's position at the forefront of culturally aware delivery of behavioral and mental health services via our participation in coalitions that include other health and cultural organizations. Our inclusion in groups that are developing legislative agendas on all matters relating to health, such as Medicare regulations, is essential for practitioners to meet society's needs. I will actively pursue collaboration with other health, scientific and cultural organizations to ensure psychology's influence. I have been part of developing some of APA's guidelines for working with more diverse groups, which positions me strongly to lead in this area.
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?
I support the integration of technology into psychologists' work, and would use advances in technology to make APA the primary source of mental and behavioral health information for all Web consumers. I will lead APA to develop high-quality, Web-based interactive products addressing the questions raised by our increasingly diverse world. Members and the public alike will have easy access to information that addresses mental (depression, anxiety, workplace stress, everyday trauma) and physical (exercise, eating behaviors, sexuality, disability) concerns through podcasts, apps and Web-based therapeutic resources.