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?
I support APA's continuing role in promoting and advocating for quality education in psychology from high school through lifelong, professional development in practice and basic and applied science. Cooperative work between APA and all "communities of interest in psychology" should address:
Diversity throughout the "educational pipeline,"
Workforce analysis of employment opportunities to guide students toward new and traditional careers,
More funds for education/training,
Using technology to enhance learning,
Relevant continuing education for license renewal and lifelong learning,
Global competency for all psychology,
Limiting government regulations threatening academic freedom,
Educating the public about the breadth of psychology.
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?
Psychology's inclusion in a future "National Health-Care System" depends upon successfully educating the public, government and industry decision-makers on how psychological services are key to a healthy population and decreased costs. Graduate and continuing education must prepare psychologists to:
Use assessment skills within an "evidence-based health-care system" that will "pay for performance";
Be public health leaders: improving health, preventing illness, managing chronic conditions;
Provide expanded services: Geropsychology, genetics, psychoneuroimmunology, applied neurosciences, pediatrics, school-based programs, VA, rural, community-based health\hospital venues;
Be "culturally competent" providers within a diverse population;
Develop "international practice" in applied scientific psychology and consultation.