SEPTEMBER 2013 • MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY 13
APA’s 2014 president calls for participants
APA 2014 President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, welcomes
nominations, including self-nominations, to work on her three
primary initiatives. They are:
• A “Pipeline Summit”: doctoral education to first job:
Consistent with APA’s vision to be the premier innovator in
the education, development and training of psychological
scientists, practitioners and educators, Kaslow will host a
summit to improve the pipeline. Psychologists who volunteer
to help on this initiative will help secure relevant data in
preparation for the meeting; understand the barriers or
limitations that prevent or slow students from moving
through the doctoral pipeline to entering the profession;
think “outside the box” to formulate creative solutions to
address the key transitions in this segment of the pipeline;
and craft recommendations for gathering additional relevant
data (e.g., workforce analysis) that can guide efforts to
improve the pipeline. Outcomes for the summit will include
resources for addressing pipeline barriers and challenges, and
publications in relevant journals.
• Translating psychological science for the public: In
keeping with APA’s strategic goal of increasing the recognition
of psychology as a science, Kaslow is forming a task force to
serve as an advisory and strategic planning group to assist
APA staff in creating and disseminating new public education
materials that translate psychological science for the public.
• Patient-centered medical homes: Related to APA’s strategic
goal of expanding psychology’s role in health, Kaslow will form a
task force to evaluate and communicate the data demonstrating
the extent to which psychologists in patient-centered medical
homes are “value added” vis-à-vis enhancing patient and family
behavioral and physical health outcomes, enhancing patient
and family satisfaction with care, ensuring more cost-effective
services, improving quality of life, reducing health disparities
and improving job satisfaction for health professionals.
Each task force will be co-chaired by a senior psychologist
and an early career psychologist and will include a diverse
array of individuals, including students and early career
To nominate, submit a CV and a letter of interest/
experience (two-page maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Oct. 31. For questions about these initiatives, contact Nadine J.
Kaslow, PhD, at email@example.com.
Starting with APA’s 2014 Annual Convention in
Washington, D.C., more of the convention programming
will be collaborative, cutting across APA divisions and
content areas within psychology.
The deadline for collaborative programming
proposals is Nov. 1; regular programming proposals are
due Dec. 2.
The goal for this programming is to highlight the
unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology.
This idea originated from past APA presidents and
was approved by APA’s Council of Representatives.
To accomplish this goal, a pool of hours has been set
aside for collaborative proposals submitted by at least
two divisions. These collaborative proposals will be
competitively reviewed, with innovative programming
The criteria used to review cross-divisional proposals
include: broad appeal, current and timely topic,
originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format,
scientific basis and attention to diversity.
Proposals may be for one- or two-hour convention
presentations. Special consideration will be given to
proposals consistent with the 2014 convention themes,
which include: psychology and the public good; the
psychology of violence; psychology and technology;
health-care integration and reform; mechanisms and
principles of change; internationalizing psychology;
controversies and difficult dialogues in psychology; and
lifelong training and development of psychologists.
However, proposals do not have to be related to a theme.
The procedures for implementing these changes in
APA’s convention have been developed by a newly created
Central Programming Group, which is overseen by APA’s
Board of Convention Affairs. Complete information and
procedures for the proposals and submissions can be
found at www.apa.org/convention.
Submit proposals for collaborative convention programming