Through her presidential task forces, APA President Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, has advocated for integrative health care for the growing number of older Americans, sought out ways psychologists can help improve math and science education so that the next generation can compete successfully on the world stage, and emphasized the value of increasing collaboration between psychological scientists and institutional review boards so that psychological research can be both ethical and productive. She has also appointed presidential task forces to address other major issues:
The Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.
The Task Force on the Psychological Needs of U.S. Military Service Members and Their Families.
The Task Force on Licensing Board and Ethics Committee Training.
And she will soon be appointing members of the Task Force on Council Representation that was approved by Council in San Francisco.
With her encouragement, APA has also formed a Task Force on Taxonomy: Developing a Structure for Specialties, Specialists, and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology.