Q3: How can APA best lead the discipline of psychology to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
Changing global demographics demand inclusion, coalitions, awareness, and actively embracing diverse perspectives and experience. APA's commitment to diversity is reflected in both our strategic plan and our long history of sustained advocacy for all segments of society. APA must continue to provide leadership in multiculturalism within our governance and initiatives, as well as expand our collaborations internationally and with the ethnic-minority psychological associations. My proposed international summit on psychology and integrated care will bring together a diverse, global group of policymakers, stakeholders, practitioners, scientists and educators to exchange views on education, science, practice and public interest.
Q4: What do you see as the most significant challenges and the greatest opportunities for doctoral-level psychologists in the context of the Affordable Care Act?
The ACA offers psychologists leadership opportunities, and our "value-added" traditional and innovative treatments and techniques in an integrated-care team system that will cover 30 million newly insured. Challenges include recognition as providers and integration into the ACA that provides fair funding for services and continued access to care and reflects psychologists' extensive education, training and skills. Advocacy for CPT codes that accurately reflect mental health treatments is essential. Universities and training sites must be flexible in teaching students to participate in this new market. The strongest possible advocacy for financial support for internship and postdoctoral training is necessary.
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