Division 52, International Psychology
Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D.
APA President-Elect Candidate
1. What role, if any, is there for psychology outside of the U.S. in the activities and mission of APA?
APA’s mission is global. I have been promoting this perspective, as the former Board liaison to CIRP and a Division 52 member. The Board agrees, and this has now been woven into our strategic plan. One operational principle is to “Embrace a global perspective. Advance psychology globally through international engagement, association efforts, and meaningful collaborations.” Part of APA’s strategic goals is to “increase the influence of psychology on policy decisions at the international, national, state, and local levels.” An umbrella is used to communicate our campaign team’s desire to broaden APA’s tent to include all psychologists with their unique mixture of characteristics (which would include psychologists living outside of our borders). Many of psychology’s critical issues are global (e.g, COVID, immigration, racism). I am serving on the board of IAAP and present internationally, which reflects my commitment to an essential role for psychology and APA outside of the U.S.
2. What projects and plans are in your campaign platform to further the globalization of psychology, particularly in relation to the governance, structure, and policies of APA, and its Directorates and Divisions.
Our campaign platform is strongly reliant on inclusion within and outside of our organization. At the same time, we must use our understanding of humanity and our collective unity as psychologists to address the pain we are witness to each day, resulting from factors like the COVID pandemic, brutal racism, and the natural and human disasters we are witness to in Haiti and Afghanistan. Internationally, APA has worked to mend bridges and develop relationships with our international partners, establishing many Memorandums of Understanding (MOU). Our ability to connect virtually has only increased the possibility of international collaboration (e.g., the APA Convention, the Global Psychology Alliance). As APA President, I would include, connect, and unify people, and I can mobilize others to correct injustice, build bridges, help heal systems, and create positive, timely impact. I would look forward to joining with Division 52 to make a difference in the world.
3. What are your thoughts about supporting the establishment of a new elected APA Board position for an APA Member or APA Affiliate living outside of North America and not a U.S. citizen?
I think it is a great idea to codify our commitment to the international nature of our organization by representing this value in the form of a Board position. In our slating process, the Board considers what perspectives are being reflected and what is missing on the current Board. This assessment is communicated to the NASCC (Needs Assessment, Slating, and Campaign Committee). We reorganized to be nimble, enabling the membership of the Board of Directors to reflect what perspectives are needed on the Board during a given year. Representing this emphasis on an international perspective concretely in some way (as a student perspective is represented the APAGS member on the Board) provides a mechanism to ensure this international perspective is reflected and considered in Board deliberation. I am very comfortable with this member being an APA Member or APA Affiliate living outside of North America and not a U.S. citizen.