FROM THE CEO
and advancing psychology
BY DR. NORMAN B. ANDERSON • APA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
What does APA do for you? It’s a fair question. Through our membership surveys, you’ve
told us that your top expectations for
1. Connecting you to the discipline
and your colleagues.
2. Being a strong voice for psychology
in Congress, with federal policymakers
and in the news media.
3. Supporting psychological research and access to the
4. Advocating for the highest quality standards in all aspects
of the discipline, from education to research to professional
5. Providing the latest information about what’s going on in
the field in easy-to-digest formats.
We strive to do all that and more, and this column space is
simply not large enough to list them all. For this reason, the
December issue of our new members’ e-newsletter, APA Access,
is devoted to summarizing all the important work APA and
the American Psychological Association Practice Organization
(APAPO) have accomplished during the past 12 months.
This special Accomplishments Report will describe the
programs we’ve launched, the progress we’ve made, and the
projects and milestones that have been most important to
members and the discipline. Those areas include:
• Supporting quality standards in psychology education from
high school to postgraduate.
• Addressing the internship imbalance.
• Protecting funding for psychological research.
• Advocating for the application of psychological research to
public safety, health and wellness programs.
• Educating the public about the science base and value
of the discipline and the unique skills and training of
• Breaking down barriers to quality mental and behavioral
health care and the care disparities they create.
• Through APAPO, advocating for policies that protect and
increase reimbursement rates for psychology practice.
• Supporting the publication and dissemination of high-quality, peer-reviewed science — including greater use of
• Supporting the public’s access to high quality mental and
behavioral health care.
• Supporting early career psychologists and the generation
now in training.
• Collecting and analyzing psychology workforce data.
• Supporting diversity within the discipline to ensure
psychology research and practice will continue to be relevant as
our nation becomes more diverse.
Since I arrived at the association,
my goal has been to ensure that
APA membership provides
psychologists the power of a
collective voice and that the
association is responsive to
your needs and the changing
This year, I complete my 10th year as APA’s chief executive
officer. I am truly grateful for this continued honor. Since I
arrived at the association, my goal has been to ensure that APA
membership provides psychologists the power of a collective
voice and that the association is responsive to your needs and the
changing marketplace. My goal is to ensure that APA’s initiatives,
products and services uniquely serve you and the discipline. You
won’t find their depth and breadth anywhere else.
Your December issue of APA Access with the
Accomplishments Report will arrive in your email on Dec. 11.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to open the email and
scroll through the report’s various sections. You are very likely
to learn about APA initiatives you were previously not aware
of — activities, services and products that I firmly believe will
interest you and be helpful to you in your endeavors.
Thank you for your continued membership. Together, we
make psychology stronger. n