My dear friends and colleagues,

 

I hope you and yours are faring well during the pandemic, and I thank you for the opportunity to request your vote for President-Elect of APA.  Ours is a large and diverse organization.  What we share is a love of psychology.

 

I am dedicated to uniting, protecting, and advocating for the needs of psychology and psychologists.  As a discipline, it is vital that we join together to advance our strategic priorities.  I envision APA as a large diverse organizational umbrella under which all psychologists belong -- regardless of race, religion, cultural background, physical difference, sexual orientation, gender identity, political perspective – united by our passion for psychology.  Our collective unity will serve as a model for our nation and world.

 

I represent a vision for uniting our organization in the middle of extremely challenging times.  We have been separated from other people, bearing witness to the psychological impact on our children, relatives, clients, students, coworkers, and friends.  We have experienced tremendous division in our society, with politics and racism dividing and tearing people apart.  While struggling to cope, we have watched our loved ones get sick and die from COVID-19.  

 

I have the leadership background which qualifies me to lead in very challenging times, having served twice on the APA Board during both the independent review and the COVID-19 and racism pandemics.  I am positioned to lead as we work to elevate science, education, practice, public interest, and applied psychology.  

 

If elected, I will respond rapidly and accurately with the leadership team to current events.  I will honor the voices of my colleagues and consider all opinions.  I will care about the forgotten and underserved in America and around the world.  Together, we will utilize our science and knowledge to benefit society and improve lives.