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A TIME FOR RENEWAL
After a period of self-reflection, APA is changing for the better
BY SUSAN H. McDANIEL, PhD, APA PRESIDENT
Welcome to your first issue of the new APA Monitor on Psychology. Based on feedback from the APA community, we have revamped your monthly magazine to give you more of what you want—great science, with more insights on careers and practice opportunities and a fresher,
more inviting look. The new Monitor also includes more content on graduate
student concerns so that our flagship magazine speaks to all APA members.
This transformation is just one of many APA is making, and it is my
privilege to lead the association during this time of change. Transformational leadership involves working with people to identify what needs
to change, creating a vision and inspiring people to change, all while
maintaining the group’s values, motivation, morale and performance. Transformational leaders move a group in the direction of growth and renewal.
Two such leaders came from my hometown of Rochester, New York:
Frederick Douglass, who famously said, “Without a struggle, there can be
no progress,” and Susan B. Anthony,
known for the line, “Failure is
impossible.” Both these leaders kept
a laser-like focus on their missions to
achieve equity for all. They inspired
Americans to bring their best selves to
the job of recovery and renewal.
Renewal is defined as the state of
being made new, fresh or strong again
—to restore, replenish, revive, re-estab-lish, recover. We have that opportunity
now with APA, having been through an
intense period of self-reflection since the
Independent Review was released last
year. We know that renewal draws on
strengths, while reviving and refreshing
those parts in need of change. To learn all
we can from this experience will take time.
Nonetheless, we have already put
into place many initiatives related to the
■ We seated an Ethics Commission of
psychologist and nonpsychologist ethics
experts to review and make recommendations about the processes and
procedures of APA’s Ethics Office.
■ We appointed a Conflict of Interest
Work Group to review our past policies
and those of other organizations and to
make recommendations to APA.
■ We have seated a Human Rights Task
Force to examine how to extend and com-
municate our various human rights efforts.
These are beginning, important efforts
toward healing, learning, transformation
Now more than ever, we have opportunities to bring psychology to bear on
some of the most vexing challenges of
our time: improving health care, climate
change, and racial and economic equity,
among many others.
Let’s work together to transform
APA into the stronger, more effective
association we know it can be. As transformational leader Pope Francis said a
few days after the Brexit vote: “Unity is
better than conflict. Bridges are better
than walls.” ■
Susan H. McDaniel