Candidates for APA President
What is your understanding of the current role of APA in international psychology? What is your evaluation of that role?
Active in international psychology for over a century, APA has several thousand international members and affiliates. CIRP (Committee on International Relations in Psychology) and Div. 52 (International Psychology) promote (1) international exchange, (2) internationalizing the curriculum, and (3) the development and application of internationally relevant psychological research. This excellent agenda should be enhanced by increasing connections with other international organizations; expanding the number and scope of research projects and professional applications; and strengthening psychology as a science and a profession in all countries. Psychology must develop and enact a multicultural, global vision of human beings and the societies they create.
How do we best ensure the long-range financial health of the association?
There are four basic ingredients. (1) The right people, including a highly skilled CFO along with a CEO, Treasurer, and Finance Committee members who understand budgets and ask good questions; (2) Clear and responsive communication so Council can exercise its fiduciary responsibility and the full membership is informed; (3) Firm commitment to spend wisely and build net worth to be prepared for unforeseeable and uncontrollable contingencies; (4) Developing and investing in revenue-enhancing innovations to fund new ventures vital to the core mission. These ingredients have produced a financially healthy APA. The challenge is to sustain this recipe-for-financial-success in the future.