Candidates for APA President
How are you going to recruit, retain and involve individuals primarily engaged in scientific research?
Steve Breckler, the new executive director for science, is highly regarded by the scientific community, and APA's publications and professional development programs are well respected. But many scientists judge APA by its effectiveness in advocating for federal research funding. Today when the critical synergy among basic research, applied research, and practice may not always be fully appreciated by funding agencies, the best safeguard is a large, inclusive organization, working for all psychologists, united in supporting each other. APA is that organization and, as its president, I will be unrelenting in striving to increase public and financial support for psychological science.
Approximately one-third of APA members work in educational settings (across all levels of education). What would you do as APA president to address their issues of concern?
APA must be a vital resource for all psychology teachers in all colleges and universities. I will actively promote the following priorities: protecting the quality of doctoral-level psychology programs to ensure our continuing credibility and effectiveness in teaching, research, and practice; providing strong advocacy for federal funding of psychology education and training programs; publicizing the value of psychology as a liberal arts major; leading the scholarship of teaching and learning; developing curricula materials; improving teaching effectiveness for at-risk students and in science and math; and supporting the Education Leadership Conference's efforts to strengthen collaboration among psychology education and training organizations.