Candidates weigh in
Beginning this month and continuing through the September Monitor, the five
candidates for APA’s 2014 president are answering two questions per issue. Balloting begins Sept. 14 and the election closes Oct. 29. For biographical information on
each candidate and the candidates’ election statements, see the May Monitor.
Q1 What concrete steps will you take during your term to encourage the
engagement of early career psychologists (ECPs) in APA (scientists,
educators and practitioners)?
Q2 What is your vision of the future of psychological science in an era of
Paul L. Craig, PhD
“The Year of Our Youth” is the
foundation of my candidacy. This
foundation will serve as my litmus test
for selecting policy priorities while
serving as your president. When elected,
I will recruit a working group composed of early career
psychologists and members of the American Psychological
Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to identify issues
of greatest importance to our nascent scientists, educators and
practitioners. Based upon input from this working group, I
will focus presidential initiatives specifically on promoting the
best interest of the youth within our profession. If early career
psychologists are flourishing, we will all benefit.
Psychology is a STEM discipline, but should not be viewed as
being set apart from other scientific disciplines. When behavior
is a dependent or independent variable in any scientific
research, psychologists should strive to be involved. Psychology
has benefited from embracing interdisciplinarity. Psychologists
received the Nobel Prize in 1981 in medicine and 2002 in
economics. By embracing an increasingly transdisciplinary
future, I envision psychologists receiving the Nobel in other
divergent fields of science. To the extent behavior plays a role in
any domain of scientific inquiry, psychologists should bring our
knowledge and skills to bear on this body of research.
Todd Finnerty, PsyD
Quick question: When was the last
time you heard of a local get-together
for specifically APA members? APA
membership should lead to automatic
membership in a state association. All
objections can be addressed through organizational adaptations.
Money and council positions flow to SPTAs, members should
also flow to SPTAs. APA’s “severed head” structure unnecessarily
inhibits engaging members. You can’t engage members
remotely from Washington, D.C., and scientists, educators
and practitioners all need local and regional opportunities for
mentorship, networking and service. No volunteer should ever
be turned away. We’ll increase contacts among ECPs, researchers
and practitioners at a local level.
I envision a future where no person or academic discipline
is unjustly deprived of the benefits of psychology. William
Gibson said, “The future is already here, it is just not yet
evenly distributed.” Implementing evidence-based practice
is our future; it’s time to evenly distribute it. I started
PsychContinuingEd.com and am running now to ensure that
all people — no matter where they live, how much they make
or who their ancestors were — have access to the best available
care. In the future, we’ll need more psychologists, not fewer.
This vision reflects our principle of justice; share it with me.
MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY • JUNE 2012