“Every day, consumers are
bombarded with ads that tout drugs
as the answer to their problems.
Our goal is to help consumers
weigh those messages with research-based information about how
psychotherapy can provide them
with safe, effective and long-lasting
improvements in their mental and
MELBA J. T. VASQUEZ
APA’s 2011 president
The publication will be APA’s first fee-based journal.
According to APA Publisher Gary VandenBos, PhD, it will
allow APA to gain valuable experience in the growing fee-based, open-access publishing environment. Fee-based
publishing now represents approximately 15 percent of all
• Approved the 2012 class of APA fellows. A total of 109
members were elected to fellow status in recognition of their
contributions to psychology.
• Approved funding for representatives of the four ethnic-minority psychological associations (EMPAs) to continue
to attend APA council meetings as delegates/observers. In a
related action, the council approved a bylaws amendment
to create official council seats for the four EMPAs. Because
the proposed change requires a bylaws amendment, it will
be forwarded to the full APA membership for a vote this
fall. The EMPAs are the Asian American Psychological
Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, the
National Latina/o Psychological Association and the Society
of Indian Psychologists.
• Approved funding for an APA task force that will study
the trafficking of women and girls.
• Approved the 2013 budget revenue forecast of $108
million. APA Chief Financial Officer Archie Turner reported
that the association’s financial position is strong. Licensing
revenue from APA’s databases continues to be the largest
component of APA revenue budget.
• The awarding of the 2012 Raymond D. Fowler Award
to William C. Howell, PhD, was reported to the council.
Howell, a longtime member, governance leader, psychology
researcher and educator, and APA executive director for
science, died in April (See the June Monitor). n
Council votes to make bold changes
to governance structure
APA’s Good Governance Project (GGP) Team is
tasked with ensuring that APA’s governance structure
is appropriate for the challenges psychology faces
in the 21st century. Under the current system,
APA’s council is the only governance body with
the authority to determine policy, yet it only meets
twice a year. The system is often criticized for being
slow, cumbersome and unable to respond to rapidly
changing circumstances, such as new legislation in
With input from members and governance
groups, the GGP team has developed a plan
to create a nimbler, simpler and more flexible
governance system that would allow for more direct
member input and be more strategically focused. At
its August meeting, the GGP team asked the council
to consider the degree of change needed to meet
those goals, whether through incremental change,
moderate change or a “clean-slate” approach.
In a show of overwhelming support for a new
system, the council voted 135 to 22 for bolder
change, moving toward the moderate change and
clean-slate end of the continuum.
The option for moderate governance transfers
responsibility for budgeting, oversight of corporate
responsibilities and internal policies to a newly
created Board of Trustees, while a Communities
of Interest Assembly would concentrate on
strategically driven issues of interest to psychology
and the public. The clean-slate option calls for a
single governing body whose members are selected
based on specific competencies. This body would
be responsible for gathering broad input on a
variety of issues through ad hoc advisory groups,
expert summits, member surveys and more.
Next, the GGP team will work on how these
changes would be implemented, considering, for
example, how members of the new governance
groups could be selected. The GGP team will solicit
further council input at its next meeting in February
and throughout the spring. Final approval of the
new governance plan is expected next August.
For a copy of the GGP report to the council, the
approved motion and the chart outlining the three
scenarios, go to www.apa.org/about/governance/
good-governance/ index.aspx. If you have questions
or ideas, contact APA Executive Director of
Governance Affairs Nancy Gordon Moore, PhD, MBA,