Candidates for APA President
APA members have nominated the five candidates for the association's 2002 president. The candidates and the number of nominating votes they received are:
Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD 277 votes
Stanley Moldawsky, PhD 226 votes
Gerald C. Davison, PhD 162 votes
George P. Taylor, PhD 41 votes
Alice F. Chang, PhD 36 votes
Catherine Acuff, PhD, had originally been one of the five candidates. However, due to her untimely death on April 21 (see "In brief" article), a recount of the nomination ballots was done in accordance with the association rules to fill the vacancy. Alice F. Chang, PhD, was then added to the election slate.
APA mailed the presidential nomination ballots to all Fellows, Members, and Voting Associates on Feb. 1. The balloting period closed March 17. Ballots for the presidential election will be mailed on Oct. 16 and the election closes on Nov. 30.
Look for more information about the candidates in the June, July/August and September issues of the Monitor. Next month, the candidates will publish their statements on why they are running for office. The candidates will also answer the following questions in future issues:
What steps would you take in the next three years toward accomplishing your vision for APA?
What would you rank as your top three priorities for APA and why?
How will you advance the Decade of Behavior and how will you advance the education of the general public about the value of psychology?
How will you advance the protection of the doctoral standard and address the supply and demand issue?
What social or professional issues, e.g., diversity, aging, managed care, prescription privileges, will you emphasize during your term?
How do you propose to deal with membership recruitment and retention?
Candidates answers are limited to 100 words for each question.
Alice F. Chang, PhD, a classic scientist-practitioner, has worked to promote the discipline and serve organized psychology throughout her career. She used her position as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors (1994-96) to reinforce APA's commitment to expanding the opportunities available to psychologists and the role of women and ethnic minorities within psychology, while also maintaining APA's standard of prudent financial planning and resource management.
Chang served on the Council of Representatives as a state representative or liaison from 1985 until her election to the Board of Directors. She has been secretary/treasurer of the Council's Ethnic Minority Caucus (1990-92), treasurer of the Kansas Psychological Association (1979-85), president of the Kansas Psychological Foundation (1986-92), treasurer of Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs, 1994-95), and an accreditation site visitor (1976-93). She has served on the Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council, and the Board of Professional Affairs. She is member of 14 divisions.
While active in the Kansas Psychological Association, Chang helped develop a model licensure law for psychologists and continuing education criteria for licensure. The products of both efforts were adopted by the Kansas legislature and became law.
Her contributions have been recognized with the 1994 APA Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for outstanding professional accomplishments on behalf of psychology, the 1995 UCLA Alumni Association Award of Excellence, the 1996 APA Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service Award and the Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service)Harold M. Hildreth Award. In addition, she has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Asian-American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Practice in Psychology.
Chang received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1968 and her PhD from USC in 1973. She began her career as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. In addition to her academic and administrative duties, Chang helped to establish the Marana Community Mental Health Clinic,which serves Yaqui Indians, migrant workers and indigent people in the rural communities around Tucson. It also remains an externship site for doctoral trainees in clinical psychology.
In 1975, she moved to Kansas City, Kan., and a position as assistant professor and staff psychologist with the University of Kansas Medical Center. Here Chang also began to open new avenues for psychologists to offer their expertise in medical settings. Her subsequent work as staff psychologist at the VAMC in Kansas City overlapped with the start-up of her private practice. After 15 years in private practice, working with clients across the socioeconomic spectrum in Shawnee Mission, Kan., Chang returned to Tucson, Ariz., in 1993 to pursue her original career goal of research on ethnic minority and women's issues.
Chang's own experience with breast cancer lead her to found the Academy for Cancer Wellness, a non-profit organization benefiting champions of cancer, their relatives, and friends and to publish a memoir and professional guide to diagnosis, treatment and survival, "A Survivor's Guide to Breast Cancer."
Gerald C. Davison (BA, Harvard, 1961; Fulbright Scholar, University of Freiburg, West Germany, 196162; PhD, Stanford, 1965) is professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, where he was also director of clinical training (197984) and chair of the department of psychology (198490.) From 1994 to 1996, he served as interim dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Previously he was on the psychology faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (196679). In 196970 he was visiting associate professor at Stanford University and in 197576, a National Institute of Mental Health Special Fellow at Harvard.
Davison is an APA Fellow and has served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology, the Board of Scientific Affairs, the Committee on Scientific Awards and the Council of Representatives. He is also a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society and serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He is a past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and served as Publications Coordinator of that organization. He served two terms on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance.
In 1988, Davison received an outstanding achievement award from APA's Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility. In 1989, he was the recipient of the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award from USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. In 1993, he won the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, a university-wide prize. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. In 1997, he was given the Outstanding Educator Award of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
Among his more than 120 publications, his book "Clinical Behavior Therapy," (1976, Holt Rinehart & Winston; expanded edition 1994, Wiley-Interscience) co-authored with Marvin Goldfried, is one of two publications that have been recognized as Citation Classics by the Social Sciences Citation Index. It appears in German and Spanish translation. His textbook "Abnormal Psychology" (2001, John Wiley & Sons), co-authored with John Neale and recently published in its eighth edition, is a widely used abnormal text. It is translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
Other recently published books are "Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology," Fifth Edition (1999, John Wiley & Sons) with Oltmanns and Neale and "Exploring Abnormal Psychology" (1996, John Wiley & Sons) with Neale and Haaga.
Davison is on the editorial board of several professional journals, including Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Journal of Clinical Psychology and In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice. His publications emphasize experimental analyses of psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic change.
His current research program focuses on the relationships between cognition and a variety of behavioral and emotional problems via his articulated thoughts in simulated situations paradigm. He is licensed in California and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Please visit his Web site at www-rcf.usc.edu/~gdaviso.
Stanley Moldawsky (Bronx High School of Science; BS, University of Wisconsin; PhD clinical psychology, University of Iowa, 1951), interned at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. (1949), doing psychodiagnostic evaluations, research, psychotherapy, psychodrama and dance therapy. He was employed half time in the Iowa Counseling Center.
He became chief psychologist at the Veterans Administration Mental Hygiene Clinic (19511955). While there he helped create the Nebraska Psychological Association, serving on its first board. He transferred to the East Orange VA Hospital in New Jersey as a staff psychologist (19551957) and started private practice, which continues to date. He was trained at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and is recognized as a training and supervisory analyst by the International Psychoanalytic Association.
He was newsletter editor and fourth president of the Essex County Society of Psychologists in Private Practice. This group of activists stimulated the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) to become active in seeking licensure, which succeeded in 1967. In 1969, while he was legislative chair, the second half of the Freedom of Choice legislation successfully passed (adding group policies). He served NJPA as president and council representative.
Nationally, Moldawsky was elected to APA's Committee on State Legislation and was chair in 1974. This committee wrote the guidelines for licensure at the doctoral level. He was elected to APA's Board of Professional Affairs (chair, 1978). He chaired the Committee on APA/State Association Relations. He helped found APA's Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis) in 1980 and was elected to its board for six years. He helped found Div. 42 (Independent Practice) in 1982 and served as a consultant to its board. He was elected to APA's Board of Directors (198285).
He represented Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy), 42 and New Jersey Council from 1976 to 2000. Her represented private practice on APA's Committee on Accreditation and helped write new guidelines for accrediting programs and internships. Div. 42 elected him president in 1991. He currently serves on the Committee for Advancement of Professional Practice and co-chairs the Division 29, 39, 42 Task Force on Managed Care.
Moldawsky helped found the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and served as a visiting professor for 14 years teaching psychoanalytic therapy, supervising dissertations and supervising students He served on the Executive Committee of the faculty. He teaches in the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey.
His awards include ABPP Diplomate in Clinical Psychology; Heiser Award for Advocacy; election to National Academies of Practice; Psychologist of the Year, NJPA (1978); Psychologist of the Year, Div. 42 (1988); Psychologist of the Year, Div. 29 (1995); APA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice (1988), AAP Award for Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy for Psychology; and American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal award for Lifetime Achievement in the Practice of Psychology (2000).
Philip G. Zimbardo grew up in the South Bronx ghetto of New York City (193354), in a poor, uneducated Sicilian-American family. Some lessons learned from that survival experience are that people, not material possessions, are our most valuable resource, diversity is to be embraced because it enriches us and education is the key to escaping poverty and to thriving. Those experiences fueled his desire to become a psychologist-educator.
His educational track went from P.S. 52, to Monroe High School (with classmate Stanley Milgram), to Brooklyn College (where he published his first research article on race relations), and to Yale University for his PhD. Zimbardo has been on the faculty at Yale, New York University, Columbia University and now Stanford University. Among his honorary degrees are those from Aristotle University and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology--in clinical psychology.
Zimbardo is considered one of the diminishing breed of psychology's generalists because of his interests in teaching, basic scientific research, the practice of psychology and applying psychological knowledge to improve the human condition.
Zimbardo has taught introductory psychology for the past six decades, as well as courses at all levels of the curriculum. He trains his students to become effective teachers through his innovative practicums in teaching. Zimbardo has received honors for his distinguished teaching from New York University, Stanford, the American Psychological Foundation, APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), the Western Psychological Association, Phi Beta Kappa and others. Zimbardo has also had a major impact on psychology through his textbooks, notably "Psychology and Life," in its 15th edition, honored recently for its excellence and longevity.
Zimbardo has become the voice and image of modern psychology primarily through the PBS TV series, "Discovering Psychology," that he designed, co-wrote and hosted, shown for the past decade on educational TV channels and used in colleges, high schools and 10 countries world-wide. Its blend of the best in scientific and applied psychology earned Zimbardo an APA Presidential Citation.
Zimbardo has authored over 200 articles, chapters and books representing his broad interests in topics ranging from exploratory and sexual behavior in rats to persuasion, dissonance, hypnosis, cults, shyness, time perspective, deindividuation, prisons and madness. He will receive the Div. 1 Hilgard Award for lifetime contributions to theory and research in general psychology.
In 1975, Zimbardo started the first shyness clinic devoted to the treatment of shyness in adolescents and adults, still functioning in the community (and now expanded to include a research/education/training center, The Shyness Institute, co-directed with Lynne Henderson.)
Through Zimbardo's leadership--as Western Psychological Association president and board member for 15 years--WPA has become one of the most vital and successful of our regional associations. He will bring those talents to the presidency of APA.
The most characteristic feature in all of Zimbardo's teaching, research, practice, writing and national media appearances is his unbridled passion for psychology revealed in his love of communicating the joys of psychological science and practice to students and the general public.
George P. Taylor is a generalist fundamentally, a facilitator and problem solver. He is an educator, a scientist and a practitioner. These roles are suffused with a commitment to the principle of equal opportunity. Pragmatic efforts to encourage change within the profession so it more fully serves and benefits from the richness that comes with inclusion have marked his work.
After receiving an MA from the University of Chicago in English language and literature, he graduated from the University of Minnesota's scientist-practitioner clinical psychology program (PhD, 1967). At Ohio State University (196770), he established the physical medicine department's psychology unit and taught in the psychiatry and psychology departments. As a member of Georgia State University's psychology department (197076), he taught graduate courses and was director of the department's practicum setting.
He has practiced in three states and is an ABPP diplomate in clinical psychology. Since 1976 he has been in independent practice full time.
In the Georgia Psychological Association, Taylor served as president, Georgia's representative to APA's Council of Representatives, chair of the Independent Practice Division and on the Board of Directors.
Taylor has been active in APA matters since the mid 1980s. During two terms on the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP, chair his last two years), national health-care reform and the attendant problems with the rise of managed-care companies were major issues. CAPP expanded focus on practice groups, ensured the continued use of the States Grant program and crafted the prescriptive model legislation and model curriculum, documents used in the ongoing efforts to obtain prescriptive authority.
Taylor helped gain the science community's support for the APA Public Education Campaign and the practice community's support for the science members' dues reduction, aimed at stemming that group's membership erosion. He was a member of the Science/Practice Integration Working Group. When the College of Professional Psychology was established, he served as vice chair of its initial Board of Governors.
APA attention to the field of geropsychology was increased through his papers and work to establish the Committee on Aging.
His APA Board of Directors efforts have focused on three key matters. He initiated action and co-chaired the committee leading to APA's establishing a companion organization, which will allow the discipline to engage more actively in lobbying and advocacy, thus enhancing both service and survival.
He helped further solidify relationships between the Committee on Accreditation (COA), APA generally and especially the Board of Directors, an activity important to all domains of psychology.
Taylor co-chaired the Teletechnology Applications Advisory Group, comprised of representatives from all directorates in APA. Its task was to assure involvement and efficiency in this arena, by governance, membership and staff.
He has also served as liaison to the Board of Educational Affairs, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and COA, which has led to advancements.
George and his wife Meg have been married forever. Most Wednesdays, he reads to their grandson's kindergarten class and enjoys being a grandfather.