Candidates for APA President
How would you continue and enhance the work of your predecessors relative to multiculturalism/diversity related to education, practice, research, public policy and training?
The president has the power to keep a focus on issues andif elected, diversity will be a priority. I strongly support the successful programs at APA. We require more psychologists who are culturally and linguistically competent, and to get more minority students we need to start earlier in the educational pipeline--high school. For practice, we need more funding for community health psychology and to eliminate managed care so that practitioners have decent reimbursements and can provide needed services. We need to work more in primary care, since people of color are more likely to receive psychological services in those settings.
As the largest psychological organization in the world, APA should take the lead in making psychology an influential presence. How would you go about realizing this goal?
Continue to work with and expand our presence in international organizations, such as the International Congress of Psychology and International Union of Psychology--a U.S. psychologist is its president. Invite leaders from other nations to liaison with APA governance, as we are doing with minority psychological associations. Create stronger connections with psychological associations in other countries and initiate collaborative projects to develop international standards for psychological education, training and practice. These collaborations will support our multicultural/diversity efforts within APA. Expand NIH funding for international collaborative research in psychology. Join with other countries to make psychology a household word throughout the world.
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