Candidates for APA President
- What specific psychological science initiatives would you promote during your presidential year?
As chair of Pennsylvania's Practice Research Network (PRN) for six years, I have worked to encourage a rebirth of the scientist-practitioner model in which clinicians and research scientists work together to conduct meaningful psychological research that is both rigorous and relevant (See Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, Vol. 8, No. 2). As president of APA, I will work to bring research scientists and clinicians together, focusing on the development of a national PRN. Such a model will provide unparalleled research opportunities for our scientific community while simultaneously validating the work of our practice community. We are, after all, one discipline. Psychology.
How would you enhance financial resources for the APA Practice Organization?
Practice is ideally positioned, at the hub of the wheel, to act as an interface between practicing psychologists and the vast data available through APA. Practice can generate income by selling what clinicians need via www.apa.org/practice. HIPAA DVDs were one such idea. Another? Clinicians daily face the issue of staying in touch with current research and translating sometimes esoteric scientific findings into clinical practice. Practice will select the most commonly encountered clinical problems, present relevant research and, for each, describe some of the commonly accepted treatment protocols used to address those problems on our Web site, available only to paid subscribers.