Q5: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
Promoting psychology as a STEM discipline that provides the foundation of psychologists' work supports scientific collaboration, yields significant advances in health, deepens our knowledge base and builds respect from peers. Psychologists' working with other disciplines enhances our effectiveness, expands our influence and prestige, increases funding opportunities and assures the public of our discipline's value by grounding our work in empirical science. Treatment guidelines for mental health care, research protocols and social policy are stronger when championed by multiple groups coming to similar conclusions from different perspectives. Working together, contributions from psychological science provide a core component of the knowledge base.
Q6: The average age of an APA member is now over 55. What are your ideas for recruiting, retaining, and engaging younger psychologists?
Membership opportunities, emphasizing minimal membership fees, meaningful benefits and publications, should expand into high schools and community colleges. Mentoring programs sponsored by Psi Chi, APAGS and the Committee on ECPs and strongly supported by APA can attract younger members. Psychology fairs with representation by psychologists can spur interest in ever-broadening careers in psychology. Resources like APA's psychotherapy videos and extensive social media outreach can engage undergraduates. Funding for students and ECPs for conference participation is as vital and urgent as ensuring representation by students and ECPs within governance. My proposed international summit will recruit young psychologists to chart our future.
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