What role will science play in your agenda for the year that you are president of APA?
Science will play a central role in my agenda. I can't imagine a psychologist for whom science could be other than central. I think it's critical to our future to keep APA close to its roots as a scientific organization.
I will work tirelessly to protect the integrity of peer-reviewed research. When my own research was caught in a political undertow, APA cast a lifeline. I want to serve as APA president to ensure that the support I received will be available to researchers in similar circumstances and to foster an environment in which such support will become unnecessary.
What steps would you take to ensure the success of the annual convention during your presidential tenure?
Most broadly, I will promote a focus on the core aspects of our practice, research, training and policy. I hear no calls for less substance. While in Toronto, I will take every opportunity to partner with the Canadian Psychological Association to develop a shared global psychological agenda. This would be a limited first step toward true global collaborations. I will organize programming that emphasizes multi- and interdisciplinary collaborations, both to support those already engaged in interdisciplinary work and to point the way to unexplored directions.