Candidates for APA President
What is your understanding of the current role of APA in international psychology? What is your evaluation of that role?
Through Div. 52 (International Psychology) and the Committee on International Relations in Psychology, APA has played an active role in the ongoing development of psychology on a global scale. Individual members like Ray Fowler and Charlie Spielberger have served in leadership roles to help facilitate interaction with various international societies. Also, APA hosts an annual reception at our convention for international colleagues and serves as professional ally for psychological associations in other nations. As the world gets smaller and the global village becomes more of a reality, this kind of leadership and interaction is critical for every APA member.
How do we best ensure the long-range financial health of the association?
Most members are unaware that dues income represents just a small portion of APA's annual budget. Most of the budget is derived from other sources such as publication revenue. APA has recently been forced to adapt to changing patterns of revenue generation, and the budget is now recovering long-term stability. However, in order for APA to remain solvent, the Council of Representatives, which is the ultimate governing body of APA, must learn to live within a budget. Council too often acts like the Congress by spending every penny of income and then some. A more financially conservative approach is needed.