Candidates for APA President
What do you see as the most challenging set of educational issues that APA should address and how would you propose moving on those issues?
We want to infuse psychology into all levels of education, implement multicultural competency (a core frontier for psychology's expertise) throughout, and educate the public about the relevance of our science and practice to everyday lives.
Important challenges: increase the number of internship positions, ease debt burden, ensure license mobility, increase grants for psychological scientists, improve the IRB process, identify new employment prospects for graduates, and facilitate international and interdisciplinary training. Ways forward: enhanced information (e.g., work force analysis), expertise (e.g., revised standards for high school psychology), leadership (e.g., public education campaigns), and advocacy (for research, education and training funds).
What do you see as the big opportunities for professional psychology in the 21st century? And what do we need to begin doing right now to capture them?
A global economy and shifting demographics necessitate change. Exciting opportunities for professional psychology lie in 1) prevention (e.g., health promotion in schools, workplaces, communities and public health projects); 2) partnerships for improved services and visibility within and beyond health care (e.g., science-practice networks, international collaboration and psychological science applied to social policy decisions); and 3) practice expansion (e.g., prescriptive authority, business consultation, interdisciplinary teams, diversification, full inclusion in evolving health systems). Approaches to capture these opportunities include: advocacy and coalition-building, flexible forms of lifelong education, and a new think tank to showcase major projects and change the landscape for applied psychology. www.CarolGoodheartForAPAPresident.com.