Candidates for APA President
What would you do to increase the representation and participation of minority members among APA governance structure?
Membership and governance have designated this an association priority. It is also a priority of mine. Several divisions have established the principle of a minority slate to deal with this issue, which partially addresses the problem. A more systemic approach is called for, however. A comprehensive "Affirmative Action Plan" needs to be developed to look at the system, locate the problem or problems, and make recommendations for correcting them. The appointment of an affirmative action officer to keep track of progress, with a report to the Council of Representatives each year, would keep such a plan on track.
How would you address issues affecting women, both within psychology and among consumers of health care?
Psychology must be in the forefront of the revolution in health care for women. This involves making psychology primary in the health care of women through the integration of physical and mental health. Practice, science, education and public interest must be involved. More women and minorities have to be trained to deliver services. Prevention and self-care have to be central, and services have to be affordable. APA's conference on women's health has to be followed up with advocacy for appropriate legislation, training models and research. In addition to our efforts, we will need to develop partnerships with other health professions.