Emory University School of
Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
Eager to ensure that psychologists take
a lead in serving diverse people in the
evolving health-care climate, I will:
• Foster collaborations to champion
a science-oriented practice agenda that
capitalizes on changing demographics vis-à-vis implementing
and disseminating patient- and family-centered, preventive,
integrated health services.
• Form an interdisciplinary workgroup that 1) conducts
a needs assessment analyzing relationships among changing
demographics, health and behavioral health needs, and
preventive-interventions; and 2) recommends culturally
relevant, evidence-based strategies that advance an
interdisciplinary, collaborative, coordinated care model.
• Forge interorganizational, interdisciplinary alliances
focused on health care for our diverse nation that endure
beyond my presidency.
It is imperative that APA become a telepsychology leader by:
• Prioritizing the significance of technology, attending
to legal, regulatory and ethical concerns; access; and type of
• Developing standards or guidelines for telepsychology in
applied areas and education and training.
• Educating members about appropriate uses of
electronically mediated services.
• Promoting technology initiatives within each directorate.
• Lobbying for grant funding related to telepsychology.
• Contributing to the knowledge base on methods to
enhance communication in telehealth.
• Seeking consultation to achieve optimal interactive
technology that facilitates communication among
constituencies and with the public.
• Partnering with health-care organizations to advance
technologically based practice.
Independent practice, Phoenix
Sheldon M. Cohen, PhD
Assuming my fellow APA
members wanted to become more
interorganizational and interdisciplinary,
I would: 1) Encourage members of other
organizations and disciplines to join APA
as full members with the right to one
vote on all issues and the right to propose issues directly to the
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entire APA community for a majority vote. 2) Encourage them
to become members of APA’s Board of Directors. 3) Create
interorg/interdisciplinary workshops to improve multi-modal
functioning skills: Practice flexible shifting from one perspective
to another, from one technique to another, from one self to
An appropriate role for APA to take on technology is to
differentiate constructive versus destructive use of technology;
include disagreement. Example: I believe APA has arbitrarily
deleted much more than 100 of my posts from www.facebook.
com/AmericanPsychologicalAssociation. That’s destructive
use of technology. When Gov. Romney is extremely critical
of President Obama, does the U.S. government delete Gov.
Romney’s critique? Debate me, don’t delete me! I took screen
shots of some of these deletions and sent the evidence to APA’s
CEO. I believe that’s a beginning to reconstructive use of
Paul L. Craig, PhD
APA publishes the world’s preeminent
journals on psychological science and
practice. Research contained therein
is consumed far beyond the APA
membership and is cited by a diverse
spectrum of health, human service and education professionals.
Our research has affected public policy (e.g., Head Start) and is
poised to continue doing so (e.g., same-sex marriage; diagnosis
and management of dementia). As your president, I will actively
reach out to the leadership of other national and international
associations to promote psychology’s science and practice
expertise. Psychology has much to offer in an increasingly
specialized, transdisciplinary and diverse society.
APA must be in the vanguard of health policy development.
Rather than adapt to change, we need to create the changes
that will enhance psychology practice. Development of
practice guidelines by and for psychologists is imperative.
APA’s proactive involvement in the design and promotion of
the electronic health record system is critical to ensure that
psychological assessment and treatment records are not reduced
to mindless, forced-choice menu selections created by computer
programmers who presume to understand psychology practice
because they have read the DSM-IV and the CPT. Let’s endeavor
to create the changes needed so psychologists can flourish. n