Candidates for APA President
What are your top three priorities for APA and how do you plan to achieve these?
Managed care is deliberately dismantling American health care and its related educational systems. I would first seek an expanded APA Office of Managed Care to systematically disseminate information on the reality of managed care and expose the fundamental fraud that managed care represents.
Second, as Pat DeLeon asserted, "Psychologists spend too much time talking to themselves." I would seek to increase funds available for the distribution of psychological research via the Internet and popular press.
Third, APA must encourage more relevant psychological research. If we take care of society, society will take care of us.
How can APA maintain and extend mutual support and collaboration between science and practice?
Psychology is a wonder. In a mere century, psychology has significantly altered humanity's view of itself. Our profession has experienced explosive growth based upon the foundation laid by our science. But we must further enhance the link between the two halves of psychology's soul. Clinicians must base their practice on science or be dismissed as charlatans, and researchers must conduct meaningful research, or the science and profession will disappear into historical oblivion. APA must involve all the directorates to encourage the development of practice-research networks and ensure our mutual success. We can do better and, with strong leadership, we will.