Candidates for APA President
What specific psychology scientific initiatives would you promote during your presidential year?
My highest priority is to promote initiatives already identified by APA's science community as part of the Decade of Behavior agenda. Additional initiatives include those which: 1.) are relevant to society's most pressing needs, such as in addictions, lifestyle management, ethnic warfare and terrorism, 2.) expand our knowledge to address unique differences for targeted populations, such as children, women, persons of color, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender persons, elderly and others, 3.) allow greater understanding of the mind-body relationship, including psychology's interface with traditional healers and practitioners of complementary and alternative health care, and, 4.) encourage early career scientists to pursue basic science research.
How would you enhance resources for the APA Practice Organization?
Practice Organization staff and the governance oversight group have been working diligently to answer this question. The outcomes of those deliberations would be the foundation for any leadership I would offer.
Fortifying efforts to increase membership would be an integral part of the resource enhancement plan. Increasing the membership not only improves the financial base, but strengthens the overall Practice Organization resources available for activities such as the advocacy and practice research networks. Along with membership, staff is our greatest resource. As president I would support the availability of staff with the unique competencies necessary to achieve the mission.