In Brief

At its June meeting, APA's Board of Directors dealt with numerous issues, ranging from practice guidelines and the establishment of key task forces to freedom of scientific inquiry. The board:

  • Approved the establishment of a Working Group on Genetics Research Issues. The Board of Scientific Affairs will appoint this working group.

  • Approved the establishment of a Task Force on the Undergraduate Psychology Major. APA's Board of Educational Affairs, through its Curriculum Working Group, will appoint the task force.

  • Approved the creation of a Working Group on Ethical and Scientific Issues Related to the Conduct of Research Over the Internet. The Board of Scientific Affairs will appoint members to serve on this working group.

  • Recommended that the council approve a Net Worth Allocation Plan, which is designed to systematically increase the association's net worth over time. Once the goal has been attained, the net worth will serve as a base, contributing to the long-term stabilization of dues as well as increasing the long-term availability of funds for association programs and special projects that are deemed to be of high priority to the association.

  • Recommended to the Council of Representatives that it find that the proposed Training Guidelines for Practice in Clinical Geropsychology can be promulgated as division policy. However, the guidelines would carry a disclaimer stating that they are a product of the divisions involved in their creation and not the position of APA or other APA divisions or units.

  • Recommended that the council adopt an APA policy statement on freedom of scientific inquiry and presentation of research results. The statement reiterates APA's commitment to "a vigorous science of psychology through the open exchange of ideas and data." The resolution is an outgrowth of last year's controversy about a Psychological Bulletin article on the effects of child sexual abuse.

  • Recommended to the council that it recognize behavioral psychology as a specialty in professional psychology. If adopted, the number of recognized specialties would increase to nine.

  • Recommended that the council approve the report, Task Force on Test User Qualifications, which provides guidelines that will inform test users and the general public of the qualifications that APA considers important for the competent and responsible use of psychological tests.

  • Recommended to the council that the slate for one of the nine members of APA's Policy and Planning Board be reserved for a representative to council serving in their first or second term.

As the Monitor went to press, many of these action items were awaiting action by APA's Council of Representatives at its August meeting. An article updating its action will appear in the October Monitor.

--R. FARBERMAN