Q5: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
New discoveries are occurring at the frontiers between disciplines and from differing perspectives. Interdisciplinarity is not unique to psychology; it affects all knowledge. Psychological science will adapt as other disciplines do. Today's students are learning more about interdisciplinarity in their studies. However, depending upon the area of psychology one is in, different disciplines apply (neurology, genetics, education, public health and medicine are a few). Psychologists working in boundary areas need teaming and communication skills, including the ability to communicate to policymakers and lay audiences. The modeling of interdisciplinarity also needs to be practiced in graduate education and even undergraduate learning.
Q6: The average age of an APA member is now over 55. What are your ideas for recruiting, retaining, and engaging younger psychologists?
To engage APAGS members and early career psychologists (ECPs), we must ask every board, committee, division and state organization to include ECPs and APAGS liaisons. We need their perspectives and input to determine how best to achieve engagement and to be responsive to all our constituents. To recruit them, we must reach out to faculty members, especially at graduate institutions, where many academics have resigned their memberships, to find role model members. We must identify ways to recruit faculty mentors and increase APA's attractiveness for academics. Retention will follow if we can rejuvenate APA for younger members and engage them.
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