virtually all areas of psychology. I have published approximately
130 chapters and journal articles.
I have worked my entire 37-year career in higher education
and loved it, teaching at every institution where I worked. I have
also operated outside the academy. For about 10 years, I was
largely responsible for building the New York City Police and
Fire Fighter examinations and directed the study that brought
women on the Philadelphia police force.
My awards include APA fellow status and charter fellow
status in the American Educational Research Association
and the Association for Psychological Science. APA’s Div. 5
(Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics) awarded me the Jacob
Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring; the
Northeastern Educational Research Association gave me the
Donlon and the Doherty Awards for mentoring and service,
respectively; and SUNY–Oswego honored me with their
Distinguished Research Award.
Geisinger’s candidate statement
I am honored to be nominated for the APA presidency. Our
organization has been historically structured around, and
divided by, its four directorates: Science, Practice, Education and
Public Interest. I ardently believe that we as members need to
integrate them to a greater extent if APA and psychology are to
My nomination for APA’s presidency reflects my
commitment to unify our profession after the splintering and
polarization that has occurred since the 1980s. It also reflects my
desire to continue to advocate for these four foci of psychology.
My campaign theme reflects the unifying goal: One
psychology, with APA as its core. Psychology must bridge
seamlessly across its different domains and portray them as an
integrated whole. If we advocate for practice by emphasizing our
scientific underpinning, clinicians, researchers and teachers of
psychology all become more effective and assume higher status.
If we advocate for scientific research funding for psychology
with the belief that psychology can improve people and society,
we demonstrate our strength. We must also advocate both for
funding for graduate education and the critical importance of
undergraduate psychology. My career has prepared me to serve
as a major spokesperson for all areas of psychology, as I have
for departmental, school, and academic units at the universities
where I served and to collaborate effectively with APA staff and
others in this role. I am especially eager to advocate for and
empower the underserved in society. My career has included
a unique balance of science, practice, education and public
interest activities; integrating my efforts in these four key
psychology domains remains of paramount importance to me.
My work primarily concerns psychological testing, and I have
and will continue to support more appropriate and equitable
levels of reimbursement for psychologists and other practice
needs. Please visit my website: www.kurt4apa.org. n
Relations in Psychology and was president of the Coalition for
Academic, Scientific and Applied Psychology caucus in 2009.
I have been elected president of a division of the International
Association of Applied Psychology.
My primary academic interests concern proper test use,
testing individuals with disabilities and language minorities,
and adapting tests across languages and cultures. I chaired the
College Board’s Research Advisory Committee, the Graduate
Record Examination Board, and the GRE Technical Advisory
Committee, was a member of the SAT Advisory Committee
a member of the National Council of Measurement in
Education’s Committee to Develop a Code of Ethical Standards,
and numerous other task forces and panels. I am a council
member and treasurer of the International Test Commission,
editor of Applied Measurement in Education, and have served
on the editorial committees of eight other journals. I edited
“the “APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology,”
“Psychological Testing of Hispanics,” “Test Interpretation and
Diversity” and “High Stakes Testing Science and Practice in
K– 12 Settings” with APA books, and the 17th, 18th and 19th
“Mental Measurements Yearbooks” as well as “Tests in Print
VIII.” I recently edited the “Psychological Testing of Hispanics:
Clinical and Intellectual Issues” (in press). My work cuts across
implementation. Having a presence entails seeking sustainable
collaborations across a range of disciplines and professions.
We must integrate psychological science and practice in
multidisciplinary and multi-professional activities. In so doing,
we must find common ground, i.e. negotiate differences and
learn about different perspectives with the goal of developing
viable strategies. Leadership skills and the many areas of interest
as reflected in the 50-plus APA divisions will prove critical as
psychologists assume roles in these collaborations.
Specifically, our three goals are the inclusion of psychological
science first, in health care and in advancing human welfare;
second, in education, research and social policy initiatives; and
third, at the community level. The results will be the inclusion
of psychology in multiple venues. Service on the boards and
committees of organizations focusing on health, education, the
arts, the media and the environment presents viable options
for citizen psychologists. Having a presence at many tables
enhances the role of psychology and supports the focus on
a more nimble APA in responding to crucial societal issues.
Including such service as an integral part of education and
training in psychology will contribute to increasing the number
of psychologists who will participate as citizen psychologists.
Our field has the ability to make a difference every day in
almost every way and we must take the lead in doing so. n
Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD
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