Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI): Call for Nominations

The American Psychological Association (APA) Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) is seeking nominations for the position of Public Member (deadline: October 3, 2008).

BAPPI solicits nominees who have exhibited: 1) Commitment to Public Interest ideals demonstrated by a history of working actively for social responsibility and justice; and 2) Substantive knowledge and expertise in integrating diverse communities. Board members serve a term of three years; the member appointed this year will serve beginning in January 2009 through December 2011. For this term, the Board is seeking nominees with experience and knowledge/expertise in issues of public health and/or incarcerated populations.

BAPPI has identified the importance of psychology’s major role in addressing issues of public health, particularly in areas of health promotion and disease prevention. As the largest organization of psychologists in the world, APA must act as a strong catalyst for identifying areas in which psychology can have the most impact and ensuring that psychology’s contributions and involvement are regularly sought in efforts to alleviate conditions that threaten the lives and well-being of so many. BAPPI representation by a member that can provide guidance in identifying important issues and connecting with the larger public health community is critical to the success of relevant initiatives.

Role and Responsibilities: The public member plays a role in publicizing the work of BAPPI outside APA and psychology; in developing contacts and resources; in enabling access to policymakers; in acting as a resource for ideas that might come from outside mainstream psychology; and in providing input on activities of interest to BAPPI. The public member should not be a psychologist, could play a political role or serve in government, advocacy, or foundations/funding organizations.

BAPPI Mission (as it appears in the APA Bylaws): The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) shall consist of not fewer than ten members elected for three year terms. Nine of the members must be members of the American Psychological Association. The tenth member shall be a public member appointed by BAPPI for up to a three year term. The mission of BAPPI shall be to encourage the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well being. It shall have general concern for those aspects of psychology that involve solutions to the fundamental problems of human justice and that promote equitable and just treatment of all segments of society. BAPPI shall encourage the utilization and dissemination of psychological knowledge to advance equal opportunity and to foster empowerment of those who do not share equitably in society's resources. The Board shall be concerned with increasing scientific understanding and training in regard to those aspects that pertain to, but are not limited to culture, class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. The Board shall support improving educational and training opportunities for all persons in psychology and continue the promotion of culturally sensitive models for the delivery of psychological services. The Board shall be sensitive to the entire range of APA activities as they pertain to the mission of this Board and make recommendations regarding ethically and socially responsible actions by APA when appropriate. The composition of the Board shall reflect diversity in terms of ethnic minorities, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religion, as well as the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.

Meetings/Workload: The public member is considered a full, voting member of BAPPI and is required to attend two meetings each year in Washington DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. Meeting dates in the year 2009 are as follows: March 20-22, 2009 and October 23-25, 2009. In addition, as a member of BAPPI, the public member may be asked to work on BAPPI-related issues and projects between meetings.


Nomination Process: Nomination materials, including a letter of nomination indicating the specific characteristics of the nominee that correspond with BAPPI’s criteria (see above), a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve and a current curriculum vitae, should be sent to Sue Houston, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. She can be contacted by telephone at 202/336-6144 or via email at shouston@apa.org. All nomination materials should be submitted no later than October 3, 2008 in order to be considered.