Candidates for APA President
What are your top three priorities for APA and how do you plan to achieve these?
Expand the practice of psychology and access to psychological services. Broaden our focus as a health profession and become full partners in the health-care arena. Increase services to underserved children and families.
Expand funding for psychological science and education. Less than 5 percent of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget is spent on behavioral and psychological research. Enhance access to psychological services for the underserved and homeless. Achieve these goals by developing better partnerships with our primary health-care colleagues and organizations, increasing advocacy for psychology in federal health programs, increasing NIH funding for psychological science and enhancing member services so all members feel APA does something that directly benefits them as individuals.
How can APA maintain and extend mutual support and collaboration between science and practice?
APA is a strong and powerful organization representing all psychologists. The practice and science communities are working together within APA for greater accomplishments. We need an equitable solution so that all divisions and states are represented in the Council of Representatives. Promoting the "Decade of Behavior" is evidence that APA is the place to be for psychological science and practice. Electing a president who will represent both practice and science interests further enhances our collaborative atmosphere. As a scientist/practitioner, I will effectively represent the multiple points of view within APA and foster an ongoing, collaborative approach for the organization.