In Brief

In a thought-provoking 2001 Annual Convention forum, "APA presidents predict values for the future of psychology," APA leaders shared their hopes for a more diverse but united psychology:

Norine G. Johnson, PhD
APA's current president said that in a country where the top killers are cancer, heart disease and mood disorders, "psychological science is seen as critical to health care and understanding health conditions. We need to partner with the policy-makers and managed care to enact policy change."

Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD
APA's president-elect lauded recent forays into interdisciplinary areas, such as cultural psychology, spirituality, conflict resolution and poverty, and called for more open-mindedness. "We must open ourselves to groups that never existed before," he said. Change "will make our discipline that more exciting. How will psychology change by 2020, when 70 percent of psychologists are women?"

Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD
APA's 1996 president voiced her hope that future leadership will reflect the female majority while "the male point of view remains on board." Collaboration of any kind--of practitioners against managed care, of scientists and practitioners, of minority and underrepresented psychologists--protects APA from "becoming irrelevant by the end of the next century," she said.

Bonnie Strickland, PhD
APA's 1987 president said psychologists should look to the past to secure the field's future. She spoke not about change, but rather that "those simple values that served us well in the past and the present will keep us vibrant." She warned against "modern values of consumerism, achievement, power, tenure and full practice." Psychologists should never lose sight, she said, "of the key values that bind us to the family of humankind and help us build a more just and peaceful world."

Raymond D. Fowler, PhD
APA's current chief executive officer and 1988 president highlighted the globalization of psychology as "essential to future careers and advancements in our field." He called upon APA "as the oldest, largest and strongest association to promote psychology where it can and to build into curricula the importance of understanding the international scene."

Jack Wiggins, PhD
APA's 1992 president also emphasized psychology's need to reach out and help others. "Advocacy, service and sharing society's common experience," he said, is key to securing "our future as a science and a profession."

Pat DeLeon, PhD
President in 2000, DeLeon stated his belief that "psychologists have a commitment to give away their time and expertise, not only during therapy."

--E. O'CONNOR