Candidates for APA President
What is the greatest single challenge facing the practice of psychology?
The major challenge for psychological practice is to establish a long-term competitive advantage. This requires 1.) vigorous collaboration between science and practice to develop and implement successful interventions, 2.) expanded scope of clinical practice (e.g., clinical and prescription privileges), 3.) diversification of practice focus (e.g., psychological health, physical health; prevention, coaching, consulting, counseling, therapy; individuals, couples, groups, organizations), 4.) cost-effectiveness, and 5.) sufficient availability of practitioners. A strong competitive advantage will help sustain the prestige of psychological practice, attract talented individuals into the field, and secure appropriate economic rewards to retain them. This must be a top priority for APA.
In the past, psychology has had little influence on K-12 education. How can psychology (in all of its applications) be brought to bear to improve how children are educated?
I believe that psychology has had significant influence on K-12 education, but we must continue to strengthen crucial efforts to: advance understanding of children's learning; develop and implement early intervention and special needs programs; work with children, parents and teachers to promote the psychological health of children and their school environment; highlight the importance of social and emotional factors in academic performance; and assist school personnel in preventing and responding to violence. As president, I would work to expand psychology's role in enhancing teaching and learning, with a specific emphasis on at-risk students and the teaching of math and science.
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