improve, help/heal “the patient.”
My professional background includes private practice, being
a university professor and a clinical director of a community
mental health center.
In my late 30s, the retinas of my eyes began to tear. I was
legally blind for years. I now have fairly normal sight in one eye.
My left eye is totally blind. I’ve not even started to tell the story
of my experiences publicly. However, I believe these experiences
guide me in my personal life and will make me a unique APA
president for our time. I hope to become the first bipolar visual
president of APA.
Cohen’s candidate statement
No human being can relate face-to-face personally to 7 billion-plus fellow citizens of the world or to 300 million-plus fellow
Americans or to 150,000-plus fellow APA members of national
APA.org. One challenge in the 21st century is to create town-hall-like genuine democratic long-distance communication
spaces within which people can easily share information, ideas
The second related challenge is about human nearness,
closeness and here-and-now immediacy. How do we upgrade
(make better, fix, improve, help/heal) this person, this
relationship, this family, this group, this community, this
organization, this nation? What is the best way to maximize
self-actualization/minimize waste of their human potential?
To learn how I’ve been working on these challenges, go to
www.meyercohen9islovelove.blogspot.com and www.facebook.
I’ve been posting on the APA Facebook site since August
2010. Take a trip back and forth on this site with me. I want to
be a new age APA president who would continue to work on
these challenges with you. n
Paul L. Craig, PhD
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— not parochial advocacy for a specific interest group. As APA
president, I will continue to focus on integration, collaboration
and advancement of all facets of professional psychology.
I am board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and served
on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical
Neuropsychology. I am a former president of the Alaska
Psychological Association. In 2006, the U.S. Secretary of Health
and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, appointed me to the
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human
Services, which provided a venue to use psychology research in
relation to development of federal health policies and programs.
I am a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School
of Medicine — a regional health-care training consortium. In
addition to earning my living through clinical practice in Alaska
for 32 years, I have published more than 25 peer-reviewed
articles and chapters on neuropsychology and rural health. I
have served as a consulting editor for Professional Psychology
and Journal of Rural Community Psychology and as a guest
editor for several other journals, including Journal of Clinical
and Experimental Neuropsychology. Practice, science and
education are the fabric of my career.
My presidential theme is “The Year of Our Youth.”
Specifically, the foundation of my presidential platform is built
on addressing the needs of our diverse students, early career
and midcareer psychologists in the context of their educational,
scientific and practice pursuits. To the extent APA’s leadership
tenaciously focuses on the well-being of our next generation of
psychologists, the future for all members of our profession will
Beyond my passion for psychology, I am an avid bicyclist. In
1976, I pedaled a bike loaded with camping gear from New York
City to Oregon. As APA’s president, rest assured that I will bring
the same level of persistence and determination that helped me
bicycle from coast to coast, as I focus on how our association —
the APA — can be of service to all of our members.
Visit www.craigforapapresident.net to learn more about
Craig’s candidate statement
“The Year of Our Youth” is the foundation of my candidacy for
When I contemplate serving as APA’s president, I am aware
of the importance of supporting and promoting the youth
within our profession — namely, our students, early career
peers and midcareer psychologists. If the members of APA
address the important issues facing our students and young
colleagues, all facets of our profession will enjoy a brighter
In my 20s, I committed to never becoming a curmudgeon.
Whenever cynicism creeps in, I remind myself to consider
actions I can take to positively influence the circumstances.
Rather than endorsing pessimism, I focus on being creative,
optimistic and forward thinking while working collaboratively
and realistically toward an improved future. Pursuit of utopia
is a fool’s game. But taking personal responsibility for creating
positive outcomes is something all of us can do, individually
and collectively. This attitude defines my leadership style.
A variety of educational, scientific and practice-related
issues merit APA’s attention as we address the future of our
profession. Specifically, during “The Year of Our Youth” I
intend to advance the future of psychology practice and our