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Society’s Grand Challenges: Insights from Psychological Science

Each booklet describes how psychological science is already contributing to and will continue to play a large role in addressing each of these grand challenges.

By Kirk Waldroff

During the past year, the Science Directorate worked alongside then-APA President Alan E. Kazdin to develop his initiative on the grand challenges to society. As one of his presidential initiatives, the ultimate purpose of this endeavor was to identify these challenges and acknowledge how the science of psychology can be used to help in addressing them. From a long and well-thought list, three specific topics were chosen to receive special attention:

Once these topics were selected, the Science Directorate created and published a series of three booklets, one for each topic. Each booklet describes how psychological science is already contributing to and will continue to play a large role in addressing each of these grand challenges.

Currently the booklets are available to the public, free of charge, both in print and electronic formats (ordering details below). It is our goal to widely disseminate these booklets, with a particular interest in targeting educators and policy makers.

The New Year promises to be a crucial decision-making time, particularly regarding  policies that will affect how we, as a society, address some of our greatest challenges. As we look forward, it is of increasing importance that we communicate the powerful role that psychological science can play in creating positive outcomes. These booklets aim to do just that.

If you are interested in viewing the booklets you may do so online.

If you wish to order printed copies, please contact Kirk Waldroff at the APA Science Directorate.