Candidates for APA President
What specific psychology scientific initiatives would you promote during your presidential year?
As an NIH-funded scientist, I know that over 50 percent of health problems are caused by psychosocial and lifestyle factors, yet less than 5 percent of NIH's budget is spent researching these factors. This must change. I will work to increase funding for psychological science and gain additional funding for new and minority scientists. I will work to protect our peer-review process and fight against undue restrictions on research through encroachments from the media and the government. Finally, it is time for APA and the American Psychological Society to work together for the benefit of all psychologists.
How would you enhance resources for the APA Practice Organization?
As an effective advocate for psychology, I will strongly support the mission of the Practice Organization (APAPO): to advocate and lobby for changes and enhancements to benefit the practice of psychology. APAPO needs additional resources to accomplish its mission. As president, I will educate members about the importance of political giving, getting involved in the political process and contributing to APAPO. We need to better include graduate students as untapped resources to achieve our goals. I will work closely with the new APA CEO and APAPO Board to develop services and products that will increase resources to accomplish its mission.