Candidates for APA President
Given that there is only so much that an incoming APA president can do during his or her 12-month presidency, state and then discuss the one issue about which you feel most passionate and will pursue with vigor if you are elected.
The one issue to which I plan to give a major portion of my energies is that of exploring means of limiting population growth, since it is the major cause of despoiling the environment, the depletion of natural resources and the deterioration of the quality of life. Since governmental intervention has failed in most countries where it was attempted, the answers must come from research, education and training. We need to go well beyond protecting "women's right to choose," to make it emphatically clear that limiting the population is the ongoing responsibility of everyone who has reached puberty.
The APA Council of Representatives has named membership recruitment and retention as a major initiative for the association. What proposals do you have in this area?
Membership retention and recruitment is a continuing problem for most organizations when the economy is declining. If there were any magical answers to this problem, these would have been discovered already by our excellent staff at APA. That being said, I would suggest the following:
A one-time very minimal entrance fee for psychologists who have never been a member of APA.
Considering new methods for including members of other national psychological associations, especially those organized to serve diverse populations. * Making it profitable (reduction by 50 percent in dues) for any current member who recruits a new member.