Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

2002 Annual Report

Membership and Meetings

The members of BAPPI for 2002 were: Maria Root, PhD (chair), George Albee, PhD, Gladys Brown, JD (public member), Patricia Arredondo, EdD, Michael Duffy, PhD, Robin LaDue, PhD, Virginia Theo-Steelman, EdD, Bonnie Strickland, PhD, Melvin Wilson, PhD (chair-elect), and Carolyn Vash, PhD. Drs. Albee, Root and Ms. Brown completed their terms of service on BAPPI on December 31, 2002.

On January 1, 2003, Michael Duffy, PhD, Ruperto "Toti" Perez, PhD, Diana T. Slaughter-Defoe, PhD will join BAPPI, appointed for three-year terms by the Council of Representatives. Allan S. Noonan, MD, MPH, was appointed by BAPPI to serve a three-year term as its Public Member..

BAPPI met in the Spring (March 15-17) and via conference call in the Fall (October 17-18). The board wishes to thank Katherine Nordal, PhD, Board of Directors Liaison, for her input and support during the entire year..

2002 APA Convention

BAPPI sponsored two symposia at the APA Convention. Both symposia were very well attended.

The Disproportionate Impact of September 11, was a dialogue on how the world has changed since September 11; how the changes have impacted public interest constituencies (ethnic minorities, women, children, youth and families, the elderly, persons living with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gays and bisexuals); and how psychologist can and should address these issues. Participants were: Meg Bond, PhD (Chair), Carl Bell, MD, Robin Gurwitch, PhD, Linda Mona, PhD, Ethel Tobach, PhD, and Antonette Zeiss, PhD

Diversity and Psychological Services: Preparing Psychology for the Demands of a Changing World, highlighted current efforts being undertaken and future critical issues to meet the needs of psychology's diverse constituencies (ethnic minorities, women, children, youth and families, the elderly, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gays and bisexuals). Participants were: Maria Root, PhD (chair), Bob Knight, PhD, Terry DeRocher Lerma, PhD, Martita Lopez, PhD, Vickie Mays, PhD, Felicisima Serafica, PhD, and Alan Storm, PhD.

The Valuing Diversity Project

BAPPI, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is sponsoring a project that enhances the capacity of professional psychology to promote and support community efforts that value diversity. The Project's objectives are:

To assemble a database of relevant psychological literature and model programs that can assist communities in addressing issues related to diversity;

  • To assist two communities in the adoption and adaption of model efforts to improve intergroup relations and to increase how diversity is valued in the areas of race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or disability; 

To disseminate the lessons learned and resources developed through this project to communities across the country as well as to intermediary organizations, foundations, and government agencies whose mission is to assist communities in improving intergroup relations and promoting diversity.

At the 2002 APA Convention, Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology (SCRA)) and BAPPI co-sponsored a symposium at the 2002 APA Convention that highlighted some of the outcomes of the Project and the activities of the Project grantees.

During the 2002 APA Convention, BAPPI and SCRA, co-sponsored a Social Hour where the Promising Strategy Award for Valuing Diversity was presented to The YWCA of Tucson's Racial Justice Program and The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. These two outstanding community organizations were recognized as outstanding examples for other organizations that want to strengthen their community by valuing its diversity and promoting racial justice.

One of the goals of the Valuing Diversity Project is to assemble a database of relevant psychological literature and model programs that can assist communities in addressing issues related to diversity.

In 2002, the Valuing Diversity Project completed the design and development of two important databases: 1) A Database of Promising Strategies and ; 2) A Database of relevant psychological literature. The databases are available via the Public Interest Directorate website (http://www.apa.org/pi). The databases should be utilized as a resource to individuals and communities seeking information about relevant psychological research, literature and model community programs that promote the value of diversity. The Valuing Diversity Promising Strategies Database is a database of model programs that can assist communities in addressing issues related to diversity. The Valuing Diversity Resource Database is a compilation of relevant psychological literature that support the value of diversity. The database includes references to empirical studies, theories, tools, and intermediaries that confirm the value of diversity.

The Valuing Diversity Project was completed on October 31, 2002. The Final Report on the Project is available via the Public Interest Directorate web site. For additional information on the Valuing Diversity Project please log on to the public interest directorate web page at http://www.apa.org/pi.

CEMRRAT2 Task Force

The APA CEMRRAT2 Task Force met for half a day on March 17, 2002, at the Westfields Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia (after the Spring consolidated boards and committees meetings adjourned) and, due to APA budget shortfalls, convened a conference call meeting on July 25, 2002 in lieu of a face-to-face meeting. Task Force members include: A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, PhD, Victor De La Cancela, PhD, James E. Freeman, PhD, and Frederick Leong, PhD. Dr. Freeman served as 2002 chairperson. The APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) continues to provide administrative staffing support to the Task Force.

During these meetings, the Task Force accomplished the following: (a) Established its 2003 CEMRRAT implementation grant funds priority categories and allocations; (b) identified winners of the 2002 Suinn Minority Achievement Awards (the Suinn Award is presented to those graduate programs exhibiting excellence in ethnic minority recruitment, retention, and training in psychology); (c) held a conference call meet with the Executive Director of the American Psychological Foundation, Elizabeth Strauss, in order to discuss the possible development and submission of a grant application that will be used to support student travel to the APA annual convention in order for students to be present when their program is awarded the Suinn award (only student of Suinn award winning programs will be eligible); (d) allocated 2002 CEMRRAT implementation funds to Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD ($3,000), to support the development of a book project entitled, "Ethnic minority women leaders in psychology," and to Maria Garrido, PsyD ($2,000), University of Rhode Island, in support of the Latino Psychology conference, to be convened October 18-20, 2002, in Providence, Rhode Island; (e) reviewed and endorsed the draft version of the introductory psychology textbook resource brochure developed by its Textbook Guidelines Initiative Work Groups (TGIWG), funded by the APA Council of Representatives (C/R); (f) received a report about the distribution of its CEMRRAT2 button during the Spring 2002 consolidated boards and committee meetings; (g) approved the final version and production of its CEMRRAT Martha E. Bernal memorial bookmark (however, due to budget shortfalls, production of this product was cancelled); (h) defined the parameters and content areas to be included in its progress report to the C/Rs; (i) discussed projects and activities for future directions; (j) discussed strategies promoting the visibility of CEMRRAT-related activities through various APA communication venues; (k) developed a symposium to be presented during the 111th APA annual convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that will focus on the TGIWG brochure (contingent upon the donation of sufficient convention program hours); and (l) defined future challenges such as building linkages with ethnic minority serving institutions (i.e., HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions), and promoting a greater emphasis on the infusion of ethnic minority issues into scientific training areas of psychology.

The Task Force expresses sincere appreciation to the APA C/Rs for its continuing support. Funding contributes to the continued APA-wide implementation of the CEMRRAT Five-Year Plan for ethnic minority recruitment, retention, and training.

APA Task Force on Workplace Violence

The Task Force on Workplace Violence, staffed and supported by the Public Interest Directorate (Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD and Tanya L. Burrwell), convened two meetings in Washington, DC on March 8-10, 2002 and December 13-15, 2002. Task Force Members include Julian Barling, PhD, Joseph J. Hurrell, Jr., PhD, Judith Collins, PhD, Mark Braverman, PhD, Michael Gelles, PsyD and Ellen Scrivner, PhD.

In February of 2002, the Task Force released a fact sheet/informational piece, "Responses to Workplace Violence Post 9/11: What Can Organizations Do?" which addresses the specific needs of organizations (workplaces), including effective leadership strategies, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. This fact sheet is available on the Public Topics section of APA's homepage under both the workplace and violence areas, and on the Women's Programs Office homepage.

As a follow-up to the fact sheet, the Task Force drafted a manuscript, "Terrorized Workers: Employee Well-being Following 9/11" for submission to the American Psychologist. The article builds upon the ideas presented in the fact sheet, while taking a more in-depth look at the current research. More recently, however, this manuscript was revised and submitted to the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Although the task force focused its attention on a specific type of workplace violence because of the tragic events of September 11, members have continued to focus on the original, more general charge of Task Force:

  • The Task Force is continuing with the development of a final report based on a conceptual model which incorporates psychosocial and behavioral factors related to workplace violence, in addition to the range and prevalence of various kinds of workplace violence, the costs and impact of workplace violence on both society and organizations, and recommendations to APA for further action. Members are working to create a document which would also be used as a tool to dispel myths about workplace violence (e.g., mentally ill people are the perpetrators), address the training and intervention strategies, and organizational, Federal and State level policies.

  • The Task Force is developing a short booklet for the public based on the conceptual model developed for the final report. This piece will specifically target employers/managers, human resources organizations, unions, etc. Both the final report and booklet are scheduled for completion by July 2003. 

  • The Task Force is planning a symposium for the 2003 APA Annual Convention in Toronto. The symposium will focus on the ideas presented in their final report and members will present on the various components of workplace violence from their individual areas of expertise.

APA Ad Hoc Committee on End of Life Issues

In August of 2000, the Council of Representatives (COR) voted to establish the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues and charged it with providing oversight and leadership in implementing the recommendations of the Report to the Board of Directors from the APA Working Group on Assisted Suicide and End-of-Life Decisions (Report to the Board) ( see -http://www.apa.org/pi/aseolf.html ). The Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues was also directed to explore and apply for external funding to support the implementation of recommendations contained in the Report to the Board.

Activities & Accomplishments

Five face-to-face meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues have been held thus far: (1) a three-day meeting on April 20-22, 2001 at APA; (2) a two-hour meeting in August 2001 at the APA Convention in San Francisco; (3) a two-day meeting on October 13-14, 2001 at APA; (4) a two-hour meeting in February 2002 at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) End-of-Life Issues Conference in Cleveland, Ohio; and. (5) a three-day meeting on September 6-8, 2002 at APA. Additionally, members of the committee have participated in three, one-hour conference calls.

The foregoing meetings and conference calls have resulted in numerous accomplishments including:

  • Development of organizational linkages with major organizations involved in end-of-life care such as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Last Acts: A Partnership for Caring, Inc., and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO);

  • Development, implementation, and promotion of a Congressional briefing on psychological and psychosocial aspects of end-of-life care;

  • Creation of an APA web site that contains extensive information related to psychology and end-of-life issues ( see http://www.apa.org/pi/eol/ );

  • Development and publication of an APA Monitor article on the role of psychologists in end-of-life care;

  • Development of a review article for journal publication on the role of psychologists in end-of-life care;

  • Development, production, and dissemination of fact sheets on end-of-life care based on behavioral and social science research findings;

  • Appointment of a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues to a governing committee of Last Acts®;

  • Completion of a report that analyzes barriers to reimbursement for psychological services for individuals covered under the hospice benefit of Medicare;

  • Development and implementation of an advocacy strategy to address bearriers to reimbursement for psychological services under the hospice benefit of Medicare;

  • Establishment of collaborative initiative with PsycINFO to publish a book of abstracts on end-of-life issues which will include a comprehensive and integrative overview article on the state of the science;

  • Development and implementation of the first international conference dealing exclusively with psychological and psychosocial issues associated with end-of-life care;

  • Development of six, web-based surveys designed to assess the extent and types of end-of-life activities conducted in conjunction with psychology departments, state associations, and APA divisions;

  • Development of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Proposal to fund an internet-based program for training psychologists to work with people near the end of life;

  • Development of a plan to submit a proposal to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to fund a national conference on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of end-of-life care;

Future Plans

In 2003, members of the Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues intend to complete all unfinished projects listed above and submit a final report to the Council of Representatives at its meeting of August 2003. The final report will include recommendations for the ongoing involvement of APA in the area of end-of-life issues.