Q3: How can APA best lead the discipline of psychology to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
First, we must value and reflect diversity in our membership, our governance and our students. We must recruit diverse students and faculty at our universities and for positions throughout psychology. Second, we should consider diversity as an integral component of quality. Third, APA must be an active player internationally. To do so, we must communicate and partner with international societies and learn from them while we work collaboratively with them. International issues need to be part of our undergraduate and graduate curricula, much as diversity has become a vital component of training programs.
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?
Opportunities for psychologists under ACA are boundless if APA and the practice community can:
- Position psychologists as primary-care practitioners for mental health, health and addictions.
- Assure fair and adequate coverage levels for mental health services under Medicare, Medicaid and ACA (including, where appropriate, services provided by interns).
- Advocate for psychologists as experts on behavior change, treatment compliance and body-mind interface.
- Assist psychologists with proper training to obtain prescription privileges where appropriate.
It's time for psychologists to assume center stage in treating distress and promoting health as part of the new health-care systems.
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