Anton's video statement


 

Biography

I am an APA fellow and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Puget Sound. I received my bachelor's in arts from the University of Vermont and my PhD from Colorado State University. My internship and postdoctoral training in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School prepared me for a career as a scientist-practitioner in education and practice. An APA member since graduate school, I am board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. I am managing partner at Rainier Behavioral Health, a large interprofessional mental health practice that serves a diverse patient population. As an Army Reserve psychologist, I worked in clinical settings, including the Department of Veterans Affairs. Consulting at a children's hospital exposed me to the advantages and challenges of integrated care. Practicing with psychology interns, early career psychologists and senior colleagues reinforced the core principle that science informs practice and practice informs science. Increased funding for behavioral research is a top priority.

My 20 years of governance and leadership experience prepared me for the APA presidency. I understand APA's complex inner workings. My service on the Council of Representatives, membership on the boards of Professional Affairs and Educational Affairs, and three terms on APA's Board of Directors (two as recording secretary) highlights the breadth and depth of my leadership experience. I have gained a broad view of the challenges facing psychologists through my participation at the State, Education and Science Leadership Conferences and liaison assignments to the Commission on Accreditation, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, APA Committee on Ethics, APAGS, the APA Practice and Education Directorates, APA Publications and Databases Board, and the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. As a member or chair of eight APA task forces, I served on the planning committees for three national conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology. The "blueprint" emanating from this conference shapes the undergraduate psychology curriculum for millions of students worldwide. Planning two National Children's Mental Health Summits has been pivotal in my understanding complex agendas. I served five years as federal advocacy coordinator for my state association, mobilizing grassroots efforts for parity, increased STEM funding and graduate psychology education funding. Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed me to her task force on bullying and youth violence. During a yearlong sabbatical, I worked tirelessly in the Washington state Legislature for mental health access and have been a passionate advocate for psychology on Capitol Hill. I have received advocacy awards from my state psychological association and APA. I also received my university's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

As an APA board member, I strongly supported voting rights for APAGS representatives, worked to ensure increased funding to mitigate the internship crisis and supported information technology enhancements, making APA more accessible to members and the public.

I am the author of more than 50 publications, and I present at state, national and international conferences on children's mental health, interprofessional practice, and education and training. Please visit my campaign website.

Anton's candidate statement

Organized psychology is at a crossroad. In response, APA crafted its first strategic plan and the Good Governance Project is exploring structures to create a more effective, streamlined and inclusive governance structure in which diverse opinions can be heard and effectively acted upon. APA's president is the public face of psychology and represents us all. As an educator, scientist-practitioner, experienced governance leader, collaborative problem solver and tireless advocate, I promise to represent your interests. While psychologists work in different settings and may have multiple professional allegiances, APA, with 134,000 members and affiliates, provides a powerful resource for action. Combining our disparate perspectives and numerous strengths into a united voice is key to advocating for our science, our practice, our education and training, and our public interests. Separately, we will fail; collectively, we will succeed. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates a tipping point for psychology. We must translate our science into answers that affect public policy, increase funding for researchers, expand opportunities for practitioners and ensure our students and early career psychologists are included in a rapidly changing technological world. Competency-based education, training and assessment will ensure psychologists' inclusion as equal partners in training health-care providers and in delivering quality health care. As we rapidly evolve into a global community, APA can collaborate with our international colleagues. Structures already in place in other countries provide models for translating science into practice, reducing health disparities, integrating mental health into primary care and destigmatizing mental illness. Working together, we can reach out to health-care professionals and forge alliances that enhance our stature and positively influence and impact policymakers. APA must ensure that public interest and public policy are informed by our science, our effective practice and the common good. Please join me in that quest.