Candidates for APA President
What specific psychological science initiatives would you promote during your presidential year?
We face the challenge of developing new technologies that facilitate personal and social change, that help us understand violence, crime and terrorism, and that will address the problems of education, diagnosis, treatment, medication selection and patient follow-up. I favor the study and development of computer-assisted technologies that can be applied to management of health-care systems, education and professional training, and that can assist with terrorism prediction and crime prevention, while enhancing education and extending human achievement. We can and should set the standard for ensuring that these procedures support, rather than replace, human wisdom and knowledge.
How would you enhance financial resources for the APA Practice Organization?
It is important to enhance the financial resources for the Practice Organization so it can continue to be an effective voice. Marketing products to help psychologists enhance services is an effective procedure. Some of these products should be developed with a broadened membership in mind. I favor extending membership to multinational groups and issues (social change, violence, public service, etc.). We also should develop joint (associate) memberships with other mental health practitioners and other groups as a means of extending our influence and increasing our resources. Education, science, public service and practice should all benefit from these efforts.