tops council’s agenda
Action by APA’s Council of Representatives also included
funding work on telepsychology guidelines and the
approval of two more APA journals.
BY RHEA K. FARBERMAN • Monitor executive editor
Psychology education and the dissemination of the discipline’s scholarship were at the forefront of many actions taken by APA’s Council of Representatives at its
Feb. 24–26 meeting.
In addition to her duties as presiding officer, Johnson
updated the council on her three presidential initiatives, which
focus on the nation’s obesity crisis, how to attract more early
career psychologists to APA and interdisciplinary practice and
Johnson’s obesity initiative targets the role that psychologists,
as experts in behavior, can play in addressing the alarming
rates of obesity in the United States. According to data Johnson
shared with the council, 33 percent of boys and 39 percent of
girls born in 2000 will develop diabetes at some time during
their lives because of obesity.
For more information about these presidential initiatives,
including a link to Johnson’s Presidential Report to Council, go
The council also devoted more than a half-day of its two-and-a-half-day meeting to a “mega issues” discussion as part
of APA’s Good Governance Project (GGP). The GGP task force
recently concluded an assessment of the APA governance system
and brought forward recommendations designed to more
fully align the system with what is needed for a 21st-century