How will you support and broaden the science agenda at APA?
To augment the science agenda, I would:
1.) Increase communication with the public and policy-makers on our remarkable science contributions (e.g., neuroscience, adult development and aging);
2.) Identify and work on shared priorities (e.g., research funding) with other basic and applied sciences;
3.) Foster theory and research on how culture, identity and diversity exert influence;
4.) Increase Web resources for teaching psychology from kindergarten through high school and college;
5.) Feature scientific methods that are infrequently taught in psychology (e.g., rigorous qualitative research); and
6.) Mobilize coalitions among all APA Directorates to advance these ends.
What do you view as the most pressing challenges and opportunities for public and private practice in the next decade?
Key challenges include delivering care to those in need and conveying the broad relevance of our interventions for educational, psychological and medical conditions. We need:
1.) A portfolio of clinically viable and effective interventions that vary in their ease, scope and cost of dissemination to surmount traditional barriers to access; and
2.) Alleviation from restrictions on treatment delivery (e.g., portability of licenses, prescription privileges).
We need strategic plans to identify the steps to obtain, disseminate and deliver our current knowledge and to provide interventions that can reach a broader range of individuals and cultures globally (please see http://votekazdinapa.yale.edu).
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