Antonio Puente, PhD, professor of psychology at the University
of North Carolina, Wilmington, has been elected 2017
president of the American Psychological Association. He will
serve as APA’s president-elect in 2016.
Puente is also the founder and co-director of the Cape
Fear Clinic, a bilingual mental health clinic for the poor and
uninsured, and holds appointments as a visiting professor at
the Universidad de Granada, Spain, University of California,
Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
One of Puente’s priorities as president will be to continue
the focus on integrating psychology into comprehensive health
“Psychology is the only viable discipline in position to
provide an integrative care model wherein all health-care
disciplines collaborate to produce better outcomes at lower
costs,” says Puente. “The initial step is to erase the divide
between physical and mental health, all the while buttressing
our efforts in mental health. Psychology will be the catalyst for
integrative health care.”
Puente is a past-president of the North Carolina
Psychological Association, North Carolina Psychological
Foundation, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Society
for Clinical Neuropsychology and Hispanic Neuropsychological
He is the author of eight books, 74 book chapters and
97 journal articles (English, Spanish and Russian) and
approximately 400 presentations. He founded and for 10 years
edited the quarterly scientific journal Neuropsychology Review,
as well as a book series in clinical neuropsychology ( 33 books).
A member of APA since 1979, Puente has served two terms
as the APA Council representative for the Society for Clinical
Neuropsychology. He has chaired the
Psychology Academy of the National
Academies of Practice and several APA
boards and committees ranging from
the Board of Convention Affairs to the
Committee for Psychological Tests and
Assessments. He currently serves on
the Joint Committee for Standards for
Educational and Psychological Tests.
Puente was APA’s representative to the
American Medical Association’s Current
Procedural Terminology panel from 1993
to 2008 and has served on the Center
for Medicare and Medicaid’s Medicare
Coverage Advisory Committee.
Puente was born in Havana, Cuba, and
received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of
Florida and his PhD from the University of Georgia. n
— Jim Sliwa
Interested in the APA presidency?
Members who would like to be nominated for APA president-elect in 2016
are invited to submit a statement of 50 words or fewer. The statement will
accompany the online nomination ballot. Please note that statements are
optional and not required in order to be nominated.
The deadline for potential candidates to submit a statement is Jan. 15.
Members elect Antonio Puente at APA’s 2017 president
The 50-word limit will be strictly enforced. Interested candidates are also
welcome to speak to the Council of Representatives at its Feb. 19–21, 2016
meeting and are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs.
The nomination election will be conducted online and will begin Feb. 1, with
a 45-day balloting period. For more information, contact APA’s Governance
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