Q5: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
Interdisciplinarity that includes psychology is increasing because our research methods are scientific and rigorous and because diverse scientific fields can benefit from partnering with the "hub science" of psychology. Conversely, psychology benefits from interaction with other fields (e.g., biology, genetics, sociology and education) as we seek to better understand complex problems such as violence, mental illness, health disparities and work stress. Seeking interdisciplinary funding will also help offset rapidly shrinking grant opportunities. Ironically, as interdisciplinary science has expanded, barriers between the subdisciplines of psychology have increased. Fostering "interdisciplinarity" within psychology is as important as reaching across disciplinary boundaries.
Q6: The average age of an APA member is now over 55. What are your ideas for recruiting, retaining, and engaging younger psychologists?
More early career psychologists will join APA when they have a clear understanding of what it can do for them. We need to better communicate the benefits of APA membership. Too few ECPs know the impact of APA's efforts in promoting psychology as a STEM discipline, in advancing professional practice by setting standards and providing guidance in emerging areas of practice, and in increasing approved internships. As the one national U.S.-based psychology organization that serves all areas of psychology, APA uniquely provides knowledge and networking opportunities for ECP psychologists, both with each other and with more senior psychologists.
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