Division 13, the Society of Consulting Psychology, asked the candidates for APA President the questions below. Diana has received their endorsement for APA President!
APA Presidential Candidate Endorsement Questions
Society of Consulting Psychology
Division 13, American Psychological Association
The Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP) executive board does not necessarily endorse APA presidential candidate(s) in any given year. However, the board will consider endorsement if a candidate expresses interest in receiving one from SCP. We base our endorsement decision on where candidates stand on issues that are particularly important to SCP members and that the executive board feels will advance the field of consulting psychology.
The questions of interest in this regard are as follows:
1. Where do you stand on the various issues facing General Applied Psychologists, such as licensure, practicing across state lines/International borders, and developing a code of ethics that works for non-healthcare psychology providers?
Although not trained as an applied psychologist, I have found myself at this stage of my career a member of Division 13, directing a consulting practice, working with health center CEOs providing a leadership dialogue over the noon hour for over a year during COVID, and serving as a member at large on the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). This service on the IAAP Board has provided me with an opportunity for increased awareness of contemporary global issues in the field of Applied Psychology.
I would be very interested in hearing Division 13’s thoughts on this question. I am very concerned about the issue of practice across state and international borders and find the barriers frankly sometimes ridiculous (although I can appreciate the need to protect the public). I believe these needless barriers need to be removed and the process simplified and streamlined, using common sense, to assure that the business of our work does not unnecessarily suffer due to unnecessary issues. In my opinion, licensure should not needlessly restrict the ability of applied psychologists to do their work. Teleconsulting has only accelerated in 2020, given the inability to work in person with clients during the pandemic. I am in favor of assuring in the revised code of ethics applied psychology is addressed and included, so the code is inclusive enough that psychologists can utilize the code, regardless of their area of practice.
2. What is your broad agenda for APA that would address the BIG issues that you see facing our discipline, and what are you proposing to do about these issues during your tenure as APA president? How do these issues impact non-healthcare professionals, and how do you propose to involve us in addressing these issues?
I am including what will be in the Monitor about the first part of Question #2 here, highlighting in the document how I believe some of these issues impact applied psychologists:
Issues Currently Facing Psychology and APA
My desire is to form a large diverse organizational umbrella under which all psychologists bring their unique mixture of race, religion, cultural background, physical difference, sexual orientation, gender identity, and political perspective, united by our love of the discipline of psychology and our agreed-upon strategic plan.
Under this umbrella, we will continue to strive to hear and respond to the varied voices of all psychologists, meeting their unique needs and helping them obtain necessary resources to develop to their full potential. If we can get this right, our collective unity, voice, excitement, and energy will provide a model for our nation and our world.
The racism and coronavirus pandemics have revealed the pain and injustice that exists in the United States. Our field is critically important at this moment in history to both help alleviate the pain and correct the injustice that led to it in the first place.
Practice needs electronic tools and financial support to address the massive need for care that exists in our country, while simultaneously engaging in prevention efforts upstream.
There is room in Practice for our integrated care efforts in medical clinics and schools, as well as more traditional independent and co-located practice.
Psychology would not exist without our scientific base on which we rely for the underpinnings of what is meaningful and important in our work as psychologists. We need to assure that our scientists have the financial support they need to conduct their critically important research.
Psychologists possess a large social-behavioral knowledge base with a foundation on research in science (scientist-practitioners). Science is foundational in practice, education, and improving the public welfare.
I understand the critical importance of grant funding for research to advance scientific knowledge and assist with obtaining tenure and promotion. I would advocate to assure adequate federal and state funding for psychological research.
I would emphasize the critical importance of identifying scientists of color and promoting them in their careers to assure there is inclusion and diversity in those who study psychological science.
Scientific study of human behavior plays a central role in the most challenging issues in society. Uplifting and supporting the growth of the research pipeline for diverse psychologists, along with elevating the psychological subject matter experts on diversity and health disparity, should be a priority for APA.
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.
It is critical we address the crippling burden of student debt and I believe that APA has a role in addressing 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 modernize, incorporating important new developments in the field (e.g, Artificial Intelligence, telehealth, business of practice).
Applied Psychology is one of our most important links with global psychology, connecting us with the multitude of ways in which psychology improves lives and is used by our colleagues around the world.
The broad field of Applied Psychology reveals 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.
I am dedicated to uniting, protecting, and advocating for the needs of psychology and psychologists. We need to come together as an organization to advance our priorities and defend and protect our people. We should help psychologists obtain necessary resources to develop to their full potential.
APA is strategically positioned to advocate to remove barriers to equitable health care for all people.
I believe integrated care in medical, school, and community settings provides a mechanism for health and mental health equity.
APA could increase access and reduce racial/ethnic disparities by identifying neighborhood clinics, schools, and gathering places where psychologists could lead the provision of psychological services.
I believe the allocation of the advocacy monies by the Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC) should continue to be weighted towards the APASI, and I will continue to strongly encourage this.
I have always been a champion for enhancing the role of the doctoral students and early career psychologists in APA governance and on Council. I will continue to do so by specifically assuring that there is representation of newly elected representatives on presidential initiatives and task forces.
I emphasize the importance of including all voices under one umbrella, consistent with APA’s vision of a strong, diverse, and unified psychology that enhances knowledge and improves the human condition.
Including everyone’s voice prevents perpetuation of discrimination and racism in our organization and allows greater impact on our mission in the world to benefit society and improve lives.
I plan to extend upon previous presidential initiatives of deep poverty and health equity in connection to rural communities.
I am very concerned about the issue of immigration and the impact of federal and state immigration policies, especially on children.
I do my best to understand the norms of our culture and others, as well as the wide range of human attraction and gender identity.
I am a fierce advocate with adults in the lives of all gender diverse people who may negatively judge them for who they are.
Regarding the second part of question #2, one of the major pillars for our campaign is entitled “Applied.” 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. Applied Psychology reveals 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 believe APA should meet the professional needs of our valuable and talented applied psychologists.
I have been discussing the Exploratory committee for Applied Psychology and regularly talk with psychologists engaged in applied psychology, such as Dr. Sandy Shullman and Dr. Randy White. As Recording Secretary for APA, I listened carefully to the concerns expressed to me by Dr. Jeff McHenry about the Division 42 proposed name change. I have observed Dr. Shullman’s many contributions to APA as an organization in her leadership roles, including as APA President. I learned firsthand about organizational change and behavior, while twice serving with her on the APA Board of Directors. This service has provided me with an opportunity for increased awareness of contemporary global issues in the field of Applied Psychology. I would appreciate hearing more about how Division 13 believes these issues impact non-healthcare professionals and how the division would like to be involved us in addressing them.
3. What is your position on the future for master’s trained psychologists-should they be full members of APA?
I really respect and appreciate you including this very important question. I have worked hard on this issue serving on the Board of Directors, especially with the Committee on the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) and the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA). As you know, around the world, applied psychologists are engaged in their work with a Master’s degree. I do believe it is critically important our Master’s level colleagues be provided a home at APA, with standards for accreditation, guidelines for how Master’s level colleagues can work with this degree, and a membership category that reflect their level of training and protects the doctoral standard for psychologists. I would be interested in hearing more about Division 13’s opinions on this question.