based criterion for employment selection. In this day and age
it cannot be supported. Our state psychology boards do a fine
job and when two psychologists walk into a bar together with
the same psychology license they should each be given a fair
and equal chance based on their own merits and all of their
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Jack Kitaeff, PhD, JD
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Police Department in Arlington, Virginia, a position I held for
15 years. In this capacity, I developed and implemented the
department’s first psychological services unit, which provided
pre-employment psychological screening for police applicants,
screening for special units such as SWAT, and counseling
services for officers. I also volunteered hundreds of hours
riding in police cars to get firsthand exposure to police work. I
have been the police psychologist for numerous departments
through the years, including the Alexandria Police Department,
the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department and the Arlington County
Sheriff’s Office. My professional and personal commitment to
members of law enforcement is strong and enduring.
From 1989 to 1995, I served as the director of psychology of
the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Falls Church,
Virginia. At this state psychiatric facility, I supervised a staff
of psychologists and provided direct psychological services,
including individual and group therapy and sanity evaluations.
I chaired the institute’s first restrictive programs committee,
which monitored the use of seclusion and restraint (physical
and chemical) in the hospital. I also performed human rights
investigations pursuant to allegations of patient abuse.
In 2001, I graduated from the George Mason University
School of Law, and completed a clerkship with the U.S.
Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia. Since law
school, I have written or edited five books on psychology and
legal topics. These have included textbooks such as “Forensic
Psychology,” “Malingering, Lies, and Junk Science in the
Courtroom” and the “Handbook of Police Psychology.”
Currently, I maintain a private practice in clinical and
consulting psychology, teach psychology and law at various
universities, and engage in scholarly writing. I also continue
to be very supportive of prescription privileges for properly
trained psychologists, as has been successfully evidenced within
the Department of Defense.
My official candidate website is www.jackkitaeffapapresident.
Kitaeff’s candidate statement
At a basic level, psychologists must continue researching,
practicing and teaching about the interaction of emotional and
behavioral factors affecting physical illness. Examples include
obesity, diabetes, stress-induced illnesses, anxiety, depression
(including postpartum depression) and addictions.
We must ensure that psychologists are recognized as full-fledged health providers from both statutory and health
insurance standpoints. This would include increased training
programs in psychopharmacology with the eventual goal of
appropriately trained psychologists achieving prescriptive
authority in every state. The success of such privileges has been
demonstrated in the Department of Defense programs. We must
also reaffirm our commitment to active-duty military personnel,
returning veterans, first-responders and wounded warriors.
In graduate training programs, we must adapt to the
changing demographics (cultural and language) of this country.
We must also take a more serious and contemplative look at
distance learning psychology training programs.
APA should invest as much energy as possible in reducing the
proliferation of xenophobic-like behavior in America and the
unfortunate increase in hate-related crimes. The causes of mass
violence in schools and in the workplace need to be understood
and prevented, and coping strategies put into place.
We need to attend to psychology applied to the law, and
the law applied to psychology. This includes a commitment to
police psychology and the men and women in law enforcement.
Unconfirmed and uncorroborated phenomena, such as
repressed memories, and unscientifically derived psychological
syndromes must be seriously examined.
Finally, we need to listen to psychologists who have not
traditionally been involved in APA governance. We owe
immeasurable gratitude to members of our ranks who have
taken leadership positions and spearheaded initiatives benefiting
all of us. But we need more psychologists to take an active role
and have a voice in our association. n