Even before she was elected as APA’s 2014 president, you probably had heard of Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD. After all, the Atlanta-based clinical and family psychologist
has won more than two dozen awards, headed two major
credentialing and training organizations, and been a popular
professor and internship and postdoctoral fellowship
trainer at the Emory University School of Medicine since
1990. Kaslow is also chief psychologist at Emory’s vaunted
public teaching hospital, Grady Health System, vice chair for
faculty development in Emory’s department of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences, and has been highly active in APA
governance for decades.
But adding to her resume and earning accolades is not what
motivates Kaslow. Her passion is fueled by reaching out to
others — those in need, as well as colleagues, students and even
ballet dancers — and nurturing the synergy that develops.
“You give a little to the community, and what a difference
you can make,” Kaslow says.
That philosophy has defined her career, as well as her private
life. At Emory and Grady, she has spent 25 years fighting for,
studying and providing high-quality mental health care to
underserved families, including African-American women
who have been abused or are suicidal. She supervises interns,
postdocs and grad students in conducting research and
evidence-based practices with these and other populations.
She regularly assumes leadership positions in APA and other
professional organizations that have lofty but attainable goals,
such as improving psychologists’ education and training and
ensuring they play critical roles in the changing health-care
system. And as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet, she does
her part to keep community-based arts thriving by keeping
dancers in good mental health.
Given Kaslow’s penchant for bringing people together,
her presidential theme is uniting psychology for the future
(see article, page 38). She has also selected three initiatives
that she hopes will attract member involvement and make a
difference to the field by placing psychologists front and center
in the evolving health-care market, improving the quality of
life for students and early career professionals, and bringing
psychology’s scientific discoveries to the public.
“ I really want to reach out to all our members — not just
people I know or have heard of — and make these initiatives as
inclusive as possible,” she says.
Here is more on her three initiatives:
Nadine J. Kaslow welcomes all members to take part
in her presidential initiatives, which involve facilitating
graduate students’ transitions to their first jobs, expanding
psychology’s role in health care and communicating the
value of psychological science to the public.
BY TORI DEANGELIS