From the CEO

What does APA do for you? It's a fair question. Through our membership surveys, you've told us that your top expectations for APA are:

  1. Connecting you to the discipline and your colleagues.
  2. Being a strong voice for psychology in Congress, with federal policymakers and in the news media.
  3. Supporting psychological research and access to the psychological literature.
  4. Advocating for the highest quality standards in all aspects of the discipline, from education to research to professional practice.
  5. Providing the latest information about what's going on in the field in easy-to-digest formats.

We strive to do all that and more, and this column space is simply not large enough to list them all. For this reason, the December issue of our new members' e-newsletter, APA Access, is devoted to summarizing all the important work APA and the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) have accomplished during the past 12 months.

This special Accomplishments Report will describe the programs we've launched, the progress we've made, and the projects and milestones that have been most important to members and the discipline. Those areas include:

  • Supporting quality standards in psychology education from high school to postgraduate.
  • Addressing the internship imbalance.
  • Protecting funding for psychological research.
  • Advocating for the application of psychological research to public safety, health and wellness programs.
  • Educating the public about the science base and value of the discipline and the unique skills and training of psychologists.
  • Breaking down barriers to quality mental and behavioral health care and the care disparities they create.
  • Through APAPO, advocating for policies that protect and increase reimbursement rates for psychology practice.
  • Supporting the publication and dissemination of high-quality, peer-reviewed science — including greater use of mobile technologies.
  • Supporting the public's access to high quality mental and behavioral health care.
  • Supporting early career psychologists and the generation now in training.
  • Collecting and analyzing psychology workforce data.
  • Supporting diversity within the discipline to ensure psychology research and practice will continue to be relevant as our nation becomes more diverse.

This year, I complete my 10th year as APA's chief executive officer. I am truly grateful for this continued honor. Since I arrived at the association, my goal has been to ensure that APA membership provides psychologists the power of a collective voice and that the association is responsive to your needs and the changing marketplace. My goal is to ensure that APA's initiatives, products and services uniquely serve you and the discipline. You won't find their depth and breadth anywhere else.

Your December issue of APA Access with the Accomplishments Report will arrive in your email on Dec. 11. I encourage you to take a few minutes to open the email and scroll through the report's various sections. You are very likely to learn about APA initiatives you were previously not aware of — activities, services and products that I firmly believe will interest you and be helpful to you in your endeavors.

Thank you for your continued membership. Together, we make psychology stronger.