Beginning in June and continuing through the September Monitor,
the five candidates for APA’s 2017
president are answering questions.
Balloting begins Sept. 15 and
the election closes Oct. 29. For
biographical information on each
candidate and the candidates’
election statements, see the May
Q3 How do you envision
increasing and enhancing
the vitality of the
Q4 What role should APA
undertake in the public
discourse of political, legal
and social issues?
Jack Kitaeff, PhD, JD
Q3We must attract psychologists who are not APA members to
the association. We must also attract
back previous members who have left.
As president, I would appoint a panel
to canvass non-member psychologists
(e.g., licensed psychologists and
“academics”) as well as current members
to determine their ideas, suggestions and
any complaints about APA’s policies. I
would ensure that potential members
know of the association’s efforts in such
areas as pursuing prescription privileges
for properly trained psychologists and
hospital privileges. Finally, I would seek
to reduce membership dues and reassess
the necessity and amount of the yearly
“practice assessment” fee.
Q4 Psychology must remain scientific and empirical
science must predominate over ideology.
APA should take an active role in making
frequent thoughtful, research-based
statements addressing contemporary
Todd E. Finnerty, PsyD
Q3APA is sick. This sickness threatens APA’s vitality. APA
has been bleeding members since even
before I first ran for president in 2012.
Why is APA sick? A large percentage of
early and mid-career psychologists are
survivors of the internship crisis; a large
percentage survived the crisis through
internships that weren’t APA-accredited.
To soothe its sickness, APA must end the
infection spread by its lack of support
for the survivors of the internship crisis,
including psychologists who didn’t have
APA-accredited internships. One reason
APA hasn’t won over the next generation
of psychologists is the public discourse
of some APA leaders.
Q4 In their public discourse, APA leaders shouldn’t regurgitate
the talking points that APA-accredited
internships are required for quality and
protect the public. It clearly harms the
public by reducing access to competent
psychologists. Requiring APA-accredited
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