Social Justice

My desire is to form a large diverse organizational umbrella under which all psychologists bring their unique mixture of age, race, religion, cultural background, geography, socioeconomic status, physical difference, sexual orientation, gender identity, political perspective, and theoretical orientation, united by our love of the discipline of psychology and our agreed-upon strategic plan. If APA can get social justice right within our organization, our collective unity, voice, excitement and energy will provide a model for our nation and world.

 

I am currently deeply involved with the APA Board of Directors in my role of Recording Secretary in moving forward with examining our own APA house to determine what ways we have historically contributed to racism.  I believe this is the beginning of important and potentially healing APA work, and I would dedicate myself as President to assisting with this work and challenging oppression and engendering liberation of all people both within and outside of APA.

 

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 immigration crises, the COVID pandemic, brutal racism, and the natural and human disasters we are witness to in Haiti and Afghanistan. 

 

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. (Read More)

As far as the topic of racism, it's sometimes hard to see. In my case, I was born with privilege, even though my dad was a poor farmer and school bus driver and my mom was a teacher. It's taken me a lifetime to realize that about myself and how racism is perpetuated by people in the communities in which I've lived and how that has helped me advance socially and economically. Perhaps that's part of what we need to address and continue to work on as an organization is being able take off those blinders to see what it is we can't see; we need other people to help us sometimes be able to see those places that we can't see. [watch video]

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. (Read more)

I will prioritize the development of educational models, research, and training programs that further the development of our understanding of women’s issues such as perinatal mood disorders and trauma.  As a feminist psychologist and President of APA, I will advocate for a critical analysis of issues of sexism in the science and practice of psychology, which would likely involve both a review of our history and the contemporary state of our discipline.