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 key to progress on diversity issues is framing multicultural perspectives as central to psychological inquiry and practice rather than as an "add on." A science of human behavior is necessarily a science of the behavior of all humans. Conclusions that are local in their scope are not the powerful generalizations to which our discipline must aspire. This framework allows us to recruit, train, inquire and think about policy implications in a way that can command broad support and generate excitement.
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?
The greatest problem in psychology becoming influential is that the public is not clear about what psychology is. The science-practice split has created a fuzzy "brand" for our discipline. Are we quasi-shrinks or quasi-scientists? If we are quasi-shrinks, are we second-class ones? If we are quasi-scientists, where are our test tubes, or do we just discover what grandma already knew? The key to influence begins with healing the science-practice split. We can get clues about how to do this from medicine, for which people have a better understanding of the complementary roles of basic medical research and clinical practice.
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