Candidates for APA President
What is your understanding of the current role of APA in international psychology? What is your evaluation of that role?
Our Office of International Affairs and Committee on International Relations have taken an active role in promoting communication and collaboration among American psychologists and their international colleagues regarding teaching, research, practice, public service and association management. Our United Nations NGO status allows us to bring our science to the policy table on important issues such as racism, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, aging, women and children. Given the feminization of psychology worldwide, we should consider convening a Woman-to-Woman International Summit to address mutual concerns such as women's reproductive health, infant mortality, sexual trafficking of women and children's issues.
How do we best ensure the long-range financial health of the association?
APA is a membership organization. Our budget is a policy document and must reflect the priorities and goals of our association and its membership. APA's elected governance (Council of Representatives, Board of Directors, treasurer and the governing boards of the directorates) should have significant involvement in the budgetary process. I support a balanced budget. In place of a policy that says we "strive to," I believe the goal of accumulation of a net assets fund equal to one year's operating budget should include a specific target date and a targeted annual contribution until we reach that goal.
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