consistent with our values. More and more, our research is
influenced by for-profit corporations or government agendas;
our clinical work by managed care, insurance and pharmaceutical
companies; our education and training by the dubious
homogenization of psychology curricula. What happened to
the joy of learning and discovery, appreciation for wise teachers
and clinicians, and the shared belief that a psychologist can be
counted on to be knowledgeable, ethical and caring?
I am running for APA president because I am confident that
together we can turn this around.
My primary aim as president will be to move psychology
forward by returning to our core values. I want to restore
respect and excitement for psychology as a calling, as a source of
empowerment for ourselves and those we help, as an inspiration
to international psychologies, and as a field we’d welcome seeing
our children enter.
To accomplish this, I offer a vision for the APA of transparency,
democracy and courage — a vision in which leadership strives to
fulfill the needs and mandate of the membership and council
shapes this organization’s policies and its future accordingly.
I believe our president should be a spokesperson for
psychology, effectively communicating our values, our
compassion and our capabilities, not just to other psychologists,
but also to the public and to the international community.
I would be honored to have your support. For more details,
please visit www.reisnerforpresident.com. n
Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD
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model; over the course of my career I have published extensively
and been featured in two APA psychotherapy videos. I have
written five books and edited three books and texts. I served as
president of Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) in 2010 and established
a task force that set up APA’s largest divisional grant to fund
research. I created and host the program “Psychotherapists
Face-to-Face,” which features interviews with eminent
psychotherapists. I serve on APA’s Treatment Guidelines
Advisory Steering Committee. If I have the honor to serve
as APA president, I will strive to advance the unification of
clinical science, education and practice, continue to establish
psychology as a leading scientific discipline and ensure
psychologists are the pre-eminent mental health professionals at
the cutting edge of science and practice.
Magnavita’s candidate statement
Psychologists must embrace our future! We are in a period
of seismic change. Advances in technology and informatics,
developments in biomedical-neuroscience, changes in health
care and shifting global forces are altering the landscape for
educators, scientists and practitioners. It is imperative to
support our members and attract the best and brightest, with
diversity, to solve the problems of our times by advancing
psychological and clinical science. Old ways are familiar and
change is stressful, but we can capitalize on opportunities for
growth and advancement in uncertain times. We need to learn
to think “out of the box” so we can develop novel, creative
solutions by blending psychological science and technology to
solve challenging health-care and societal problems. APA can
serve as the leading psychological organization by anticipating
and acting on emerging and future trends.
Psychology needs to consider developing psych-incubators —
interdisciplinary teams of researchers, scholars and practitioners
— for new problems as well as existing ones, in conjunction
with the best minds from other disciplines. The problems of
our times are characterized by great complexity and will not
be solved by linear thinking or simplistic conceptualizations.
We need to think beyond interdisciplinary competition and
focus instead on trans-disciplinary problem-solving, as the
daunting issues of our times require multiple perspectives. We
must jump ahead of the pack and embrace the challenges that
“big data” is presenting to science, technology and health care.
We also need to encourage entrepreneurship, something most
psychologists have eschewed in the past. Early in my career, one
of my colleagues told me that another established practitioner
called me an “entrepreneur.” I remember feeling ashamed! I am
no longer ashamed and believe that science, practice, education
and public service can be enhanced by the creativity and risk-taking that comes with entrepreneurship. Please join us at www.
Rodney L. Lowman, PhD
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University School of Medicine and University of North Texas.
Since 1998, I’ve been with the not-for-profit California School
of Professional Psychology (now part of Alliant International
University) where I am a distinguished professor. Having lived
abroad twice and three times in U.S. border cities, I care deeply
about internationalizing psychology.
Science and scholarship: I’ve written or edited nine books
and edited two APA journals (including, currently, Consulting
Psychology Journal: Practice and Research). I have published over
100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and made hundreds
of presentations on six continents. The themes of my work
include professional ethics, career assessment and counseling,
psychotherapy of work dysfunctions, and internationalism-multiculturalism. My latest book is “Internationalizing
Multiculturalism: Expanding Professional Competencies for a
Professional practice: I have practiced psychology
throughout my career, including full time for seven years. My
areas of professional practice include both I-O consulting and
clinical. In clinical, I’ve worked with children, families and