adults and on the organizational and consulting side, with
employees and institutions. I am board certified in assessment
Service to professional psychology: I have served on a
number of APA boards and committees including as chair of
the Board of Professional Affairs, Board of Convention Affairs,
the CEO’s Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, and the
Committee on Professional Practice and Standards. I have
been a member of the Ethics Committee and Committee on
Psychological Tests and Assessments.
Organizational leadership and consulting: I have served in
leadership roles throughout my career, particularly in high-risk
start-ups and turnarounds. I’ve been a department chair, dean,
provost, acting president and president of two universities,
president of two psychological societies, and been a consultant
to a number of organizations in the for-profit and not-for profit
sectors. I understand complex organizations and how to help
them be more effective.
Family: My wife, Dr. Linda Richardson, is a clinical
psychologist who has served as a psychologist and manager
in correctional institutions and in public service settings. She
specializes in serious mental illness and serves on APA’s Task
Force on Serious Mental Illness. Our daughter is an educational
technology entrepreneur and writer.
Lowman’s candidate statement
My presidential initiatives are:
Recognizing our successes, building our future: Compared
with other disciplines, organized psychology is still in its
infancy. Yet extraordinary progress has been made in creating
a science-based discipline with robust practice opportunities.
We need to celebrate our successes by identifying and learning
from them. We also need to build APA into a long-lasting home
for all psychologists by finding the commonalities and synergies
that cut across our many areas of specialization.
Nurturing the next generations of psychologists: Neither
APA nor psychology will have a viable future unless we attract
talent for generations to come. We need to address immediate
needs, such as for internships, but also how our training models
might become more flexible for future practice needs and
opportunities. We must ensure that APA is accessible and useful
for early career psychologists.
Science-practice and practice integration: Psychology is
nothing without its science, but it will have little impact without
applications to practice. Specialization is inevitable as research
and practice knowledge grows but simultaneously it can create
silos. APA can be a catalyst to help us identify commonalities
across all psychology areas of knowledge and practice.
Psychology for the public good and national health-care
reform: Psychologists can make extraordinary contributions
to help individuals, groups and organizations. We are a widely
respected discipline, but earn too little recognition for what we
are qualified to do. National health-care reform is one example.
Health and mental health psychologists need to be full partners
in health-care reform, but this initiative also needs the expertise
of many other areas of psychology, including organizational
psychology and team science.
Internationalizing psychology: U.S. psychology is not
an exception to the need to globalize. The opportunity is to
internationalize psychology is an integral part of all that we