Continuing through the September Monitor, the five candidates for APA’s 2018 president are
responding to a series of questions.
Balloting begins Sept. 15 and the election
closes on Oct. 31. For biographical
information on each candidate and the
candidates’ election statements, see the
Q3 APA has been grappling with a
number of recent challenges.
What is the single greatest
challenge facing the association
and how would you address it
during your presidency?
Q4 What plans do you have to
increase membership as
well as engagement of APA
members and/or help them
receive benefits from their
Ali M. Mattu, PhD
Q3Reluctance to change is our greatest challenge.
We have spent decades recycling a
small group of leaders who perpetuate
an outdated governance system that
does more to divide us than unite us. As
a result, APA is growing less relevant to
psychologists and the public we serve.
To build #TheNewAPA, we need:
• Complete accountability and
transparency to our most important
stakeholders — the membership of the
• New leadership that will unite us on
goals shared by all psychologists.
• Openness to new ideas through an
integration of diverse perspectives in
Q4 A robust, diverse membership keeps APA relevant and gives us
legitimacy on Capitol Hill.
However, APA’s membership
continues to decline and APAPO has lost
40 percent of its members over the last
I propose the following:
• Build value in APA membership
Q3 APA’s single greatest challenge is the need to assure that its
mission is central in all that it does.
APA’s mission is to serve the public by
advancing “the creation, communication
and application of psychological
knowledge to benefit society and improve
people’s lives.” When we are mission-
driven, stay true to our values and focus
on what we do best — research, practice,
service and learning — we can advance
both our profession and society. But we
cannot just talk about being mission-
centric. We must measure the extent
to which we are actually fulfilling our
mission. As psychologists, we measure
Q4 APA’s membership demographics, like those
of many professional organizations,
reflect an aging society with many APA
members approaching retirement. Like
any organization, APA must renew itself
and become an organization that will
thrive in tomorrow’s world, not resting
on its considerable laurels from the past.
APA’s uniqueness lies in its focus on
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