Industrial-Organizational and Applied Psychology are critically important to global psychology, connecting us with our colleagues around the world. Industrial-Organizational and Applied Psychology reveal to us and the world the breadth of what a psychologist can do with a degree in psychology. Our systemic thinking and ability to facilitate organizational and larger systems change is critically important in our global society.
I am interested in assuring a bigger space for consulting psychologists at APA. Applied psychologists have answers for many of the major societal issues we have been facing. Consulting psychologists are critically important to global psychology, connecting us with our colleagues around the world. Our systemic thinking and ability to facilitate organizational and larger systems change is critically important in our global society. I believe APA should meet the professional needs of our valuable and talented applied psychologists.
The broad field of Applied Psychology revealIs to us and the world the breadth of what a psychologist can do with a degree in psychology. It is important that our students and colleagues truly appreciate the wide range of the applications of psychology and their contributions to APA's mission.
Practicing applied psychologists need to be integrated in medical clinics, schools, government, places of employment, and traditional practice settings, as team leaders, utilizing their skills in consultation, program evaluation, assessment, and research to advance health and well-being around the world. There are innovative roles for psychologists that do provide opportunities for advancement professionally and financially. It is vital that we network, unite, and enhance opportunities for each other moving into the future, partnering with organizations outside of APA to accomplish the mission of our strategic plan.
In academics, it would be important to bridge psychology with business and health psychology to elevate the critical importance of the field of I-O and applied psychology.
In our educational system, I believe we are doing all future psychologists and psychology majors a disservice, if our academic departments do not develop awareness of I-O psychology and its relevance to larger systems change.
Psychologists should the leaders of psychological intervention teams, varying levels of team training, providing appropriate supervision and offering an array of modalities of public intervention. As stated in the strategic plan, the application of psychological science can foster the advancement of human rights, fairness, and diversity. APA is strategically positioned to advocate to remove barriers to equitable health care for all people.
Read Diana's responses to questions from Division 14, The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, HERE