Q5: What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of increasing interdisciplinarity?
As a nexus of the natural sciences, the social sciences and ethics, psychology is well positioned for the growth of interdisciplinarity. Psychology adds to, and is informed by, fields as diverse as neuroscience, linguistics, computer science and philosophy, yet offers unique insights into the subtleties of human thought and action as expressions of both internal biological processes and external psychosocial contexts. While reductionism can be valuable, it will never provide a complete answer to the important questions with which psychologists and sister disciplines grapple. As president, I will advocate for career opportunities and funding for psychologists pursuing interdisciplinary research. Reisner for President.
Q6: The average age of an APA member is now over 55. What are your ideas for recruiting, retaining, and engaging younger psychologists?
First, APA must better address the need for internships; the debt crises of students, trainees and early career professionals; and the limited availability of attractive and socially responsible jobs. Second, APA must again serve as an inspiring beacon for idealistic younger professionals by more clearly delineating the professional ethics that guide our work and altering our subservient relationship to corporate, military and intelligence interests. Third, APA governance must become more open and welcoming to younger members, rather than remaining the sole province of an entrenched inner circle. It is time to welcome, train and empower our young professionals!
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