Magnavita's video statement


 

Biography

I am honored to run for president of APA, which has been my professional home for over three decades. APA is the leading organization for the advancement of psychology and has accomplished much of significance over the past century. This is a critical time in the evolution of psychology, both as a science and as a fairly young applied profession. Massive challenges in health care, advancements in technology, and changes in the delivery of mental and behavioral health services are fundamentally altering the way we operate as health-care professionals. I believe my experience, knowledge and leadership prepare me to face and find opportunity in these challenges. I have been a full-time practitioner for almost 30 years and have taught in several graduate programs. My scholarly work is focused on psychotherapy, personality systematics, unification and psychopathology. I am the co-founder of the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science and serve on the editorial board of a number of other journals. I subscribe to the scientist-practitioner model; over the course of my career I have published extensively and been featured in two APA psychotherapy videos. I have written five books and edited three books and texts. I served as president of Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) in 2010 and established a task force that set up APA's largest divisional grant to fund research. I created and host the program "Psychotherapists Face-to-Face," which features interviews with eminent psychotherapists. I serve on APA's Treatment Guidelines Advisory Steering Committee. If I have the honor to serve as APA president, I will strive to advance the unification of clinical science, education and practice, continue to establish psychology as a leading scientific discipline and ensure psychologists are the pre-eminent mental health professionals at the cutting edge of science and practice.

Magnavita's candidate statement

Psychologists must embrace our future! We are in a period of seismic change. Advances in technology and informatics, developments in biomedical-neuroscience, changes in health care and shifting global forces are altering the landscape for educators, scientists and practitioners. It is imperative to support our members and attract the best and brightest, with diversity, to solve the problems of our times by advancing psychological and clinical science. Old ways are familiar and change is stressful, but we can capitalize on opportunities for growth and advancement in uncertain times. We need to learn to think "out of the box" so we can develop novel, creative solutions by blending psychological science and technology to solve challenging health-care and societal problems. APA can serve as the leading psychological organization by anticipating and acting on emerging and future trends.

Psychology needs to consider developing psych-incubators — interdisciplinary teams of researchers, scholars and practitioners — for new problems as well as existing ones, in conjunction with the best minds from other disciplines. The problems of our times are characterized by great complexity and will not be solved by linear thinking or simplistic conceptualizations. We need to think beyond interdisciplinary competition and focus instead on trans-disciplinary problem-solving, as the daunting issues of our times require multiple perspectives. We must jump ahead of the pack and embrace the challenges that "big data" is presenting to science, technology and health care. We also need to encourage entrepreneurship, something most psychologists have eschewed in the past. Early in my career, one of my colleagues told me that another established practitioner called me an "entrepreneur." I remember feeling ashamed! I am no longer ashamed and believe that science, practice, education and public service can be enhanced by the creativity and risk-taking that comes with entrepreneurship. Please join us at Magnavita for President.