Having taught and supervised students and trainees, I am hopeful about the future of our field, but protecting that future will take work. We need to ensure that APA leads our field in terms of educational standards, guidance, and opportunities that effectively prepare our next generation for the challenges ahead.
I am very concerned about graduate student debt. It is critical we address the crippling burden of student debt and I believe that APA has a role in addressing the the financial viability of our field for the next generation.
It is important to identify the diverse individuals who have successfully obtained their education and training in psychology and promote them financially as recruiters and mentors of other diverse individuals.
The highly qualified psychologists training our students need to be well-paid to provide this essential training.
As our field changes, the training curriculum needs to modernized, incorporating important new developments in the field (e.g, Artificial Intelligence, telehealth, business of practice).
I have always been a champion for enhancing the role of the doctoral students and early career psychologists in APA governance. I will continue to do so by specifically assuring that there is representation of graduate students and ECPs on presidential initiatives and task forces.
I believe high school teachers need materials and support to engage and reach our youth. There are so many issues that could be addressed and a plethora of problems that could be prevented, with well-supported and trained high school psychology teachers providing this education in the classroom. Providing these materials and training would also help high school teachers inspire and begin to develop a pipeline of students into the wonderful field of psychology.
In our role of teachers of psychology, we touch so many people and have such a critical opportunity to truly help society. As APA President, I will be committed to protecting, preserving, and enhancing psychology education, believing sharing our psychology provides the keys to health and happiness for people in the world in which we live.
Diana has been Endorsed by Division 2, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Read her responses to the questions from Div 2 HERE.
Diana addresses how she will work to support graduate students and Early Career Psychologists in her response to questions from Division 17, the Society for Counseling Psychology. Read it here.