Q5: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
The future of psychological science looks promising, although challenges exist in research funding. In the last two centuries, the field has experienced exponential growth. Psychology is entering a new era of scientific research where the major challenges ahead, such as mapping the brain, understanding human behavior and solving global problems, require transdisciplinary collaboration. Psychology has a central role to play and APA must strive to be the leading organization in bringing other disciplines to the table. I hope to guide APA in ways to strengthen collaboration and bring our colleagues together to expand the domain of psychological science.
Q6: The average age of an APA member is now over 55. What are your ideas for recruiting, retaining, and engaging younger psychologists?
The aging of APA members is a reality threatening the viability of our organization. It is imperative to engage and inspire the next generation of psychologists through APA initiatives. During my tenure with Div. 29 (Psychotherapy), we explored many avenues to increase our membership. We found that the best way to approach the next generation is on a personal level. My daughters are undergraduate majors in neuroscience and psychology; the most inspiring experience for them has been attending APA conventions and being embraced by colleagues who are passionate about psychology. An APA effort will require a systematic and multi-pronged approach.
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