Executive Director's Column Archive

2014

March 
Enhancing support for research ethics 
New Monitor feature “Ethically Speaking” represents APA’s focus on topics in research ethics. 
Steven Breckler

2013

March 
Politics, science and the suppression of research 
Political interests have suppressed research on gun violence, depriving society of the tools needed to combat this pernicious problem. 
Steven Breckler

2012

March
What everyone needs to know about psychology
APA Willpower Report highlights the science of psychology.
Steven Breckler

December
Answering the call, again
A major new opportunity at the National Science Foundation.
Steven Breckler

2011

January
Working from the inside
Psychologists can influence psychological science through service at federal agencies and national research institutions.
Steven Breckler

June
Psychology is the pipeline into science
Students’ existing attraction to psychology can be leveraged to attract more students to all sciences.
Steven Breckler

September
The door is re-opened at NSF
After APA’s urging, NSF reversed a decision rendering some psychology students ineligible for Graduate Research Fellowships.
Steven Breckler

2010

January
Hiding Behind a Veil of Science
It is reprehensible for attacks to be directed at researchers who use nonhuman animals in their efforts to advance knowledge. That is why APA lobbied hard for passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) of 2006.
Steven Breckler

They Saw a Study: Clinicians Do Rely on the Science
Judgmental biases apply to everyone, scientists included.
Steven Breckler

February
APA’s Strategic Plan
APA’s Council of Representatives has approved the first strategic plan in the Association’s history, organized around three strategic objectives: Maximize organizational effectiveness, expand psychology’s role in advancing health, and increase recognition of psychology as a science.
Steven Breckler

March
APA’s Strategic Plan, Part 2
One goal of APA’s strategic plan is to expand psychology’s role in advancing health. The science of psychology is an integral part of this goal.
Steven Breckler

May
Psychology in a Vacuum
The best psychological research is inspired simultaneously by a quest for fundamental understanding and a consideration of use.
Steven Breckler

October
Advising the President on STEM education
A recent report from PCAST demonstrates a failure to understand the essential role psychological science must play in solving societal challenges
Steven Breckler

December
Don’t like Wikipedia? Change it
Using our combined knowledge to edit and update Wikipedia is a high-impact and immediate way to increase the presence of psychological science
Steven Breckler

2009

January
Looking Ahead in 2009
Steven Breckler

February
Making the Case for Behavioral and Social Research
Steven Breckler

March
Exclusive Clubs
Steven Breckler

April
Between Timidity and Temerity
Steven Breckler

May
Teaching the Science of the Origins of Life
Steven Breckler

July
Slow Going
Steven Breckler

September
No Denial Here
Steven Breckler

October
The Fuzzy Boundaries of Science
Steven Breckler

November
Does APS Really Want to Accredit Science Training Programs?
Steven Breckler

2008

January
The Strategic Plan of NIMH
Steven Breckler

February
Psychology and the Grid
Steven Breckler

March
Small Science is Big
Steven Breckler

April
The Power of Partnership
Steven Breckler

May
More on Continuing Education
Steven Breckler

June
Answering the Call
Steven Breckler

July
Gearing Up
Steven Breckler

September
Public Education
Steven Breckler

October
Making Science a Priority
Steven Breckler

November
Science and the New Parity
Steven Breckler

2007

January
Healthy Science at NIH
Steven Breckler

February
APA Council of Representatives Moves Forward on Science Issues
Steven Breckler

March
IRBs, Again
Steven Breckler

April
Science, Practice, and Federal Funding
Steven Breckler

May
Here For You
Steven Breckler

June
Big Dog…Little Dog
Steven Breckler

July
Translational Psychology
Steven Breckler

September
Continuing Education for Scientists
Steven Breckler

October
Just Curious
Steven Breckler

November
The Next Big Step
Steven Breckler

December
Research Ethics
Steven Breckler

2006

January
A Rose by Any Other Name
Steven Breckler

February
Growth for Science
Steven Breckler

March
Psychological Science and National Defense
Steven Breckler

April
Open Access and Public Understanding
Steven Breckler

May
Red Alert
Steven Breckler

June
APA Governance 101: The Association
Steven Breckler

July
APA Governance 101: Science
Steven Breckler

September
A Discipline by Any Other Name?
Steven Breckler

October
The Archival Literature
Steven Breckler

November
The IRB Problem: A Call to Arms
Steven Breckler

December
The Second APA Science Leadership Conference
Steven Breckler

2005

January
The Importance of Leadership
Steven Breckler

February
Associative Learning and the Hippocampus
Wendy A. Suzuki

March
A Golden Opportunity
Steven Breckler

April
Psychological Science in the Public Eye
Steven Breckler

May
Ethics for Psychological Scientists
Steven Breckler

June
All that we do for Science
Steven Breckler

July
Again the Target
Steven Breckler

September
Psychological Science in the Response to Disasters
Steven Breckler

October
The Importance of Disciplines
Steven Breckler

November
The Problem with IRBs
Steven Breckler

December
A Good Year
Steven Breckler

2004

January
Did Someone Move the Cheese? 
Merry Bullock

February
Is APA an 800-lb Gorilla?
Merry Bullock

March
What is Evidence and What is the Problem?
Merry Bullock

April
Homecoming
Steve Breckler

May
The Mosaic of Scientific Psychology
Steve Breckler

June
It Takes a Village
Steve Breckler

July
Infrastructure for the Science of Psychology
Steve Breckler

September
Where’s the Science?
Steve Breckler

October
I Call That Science
Steve Breckler

November
The Imbalance of Priorities at NIMH
Steve Breckler

December
Who Speaks for Our Science?
Steve Breckler

2003