Q1: How do you envision an APA that both embraces its considerable history and reinvents itself in order to remain relevant for 21st-century psychologists?
Psychology has much to be proud of in its relatively short history. But because ours is a science-based discipline, it is inherently re-inventive. No psychological knowledge or practice can be assumed to be sacred or forever.
We honor those who preceded us by recognizing their work and by helping to advance our own areas of psychological practice and research. One way we can do this is by using psychology to address the issues of our day. This can help change and improve psychology (as did Kurt Lewin's work), help to keep us relevant and also assist the world around us.
Q2: Although the public is often fascinated by human behavior, it does not always view psychology as a science. What are your ideas for making APA the go-to place for the public to get information about the science of human behavior and its applications?
APA's website is already widely used by the public as an information source, but the scope of its current coverage is limited. APA can become a "go-to" place by providing a forum on its website for the public to pose questions. Such issues can be addressed in a way that is both understandable and faithful to the relevant psychological science and practice knowledge. Other social media (YouTube, Twitter, etc.) can also be used to diffuse our field more broadly. Since people often seek simple answers to complicated questions, this process requires effective translational skills.
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