Q3: How can APA best lead the discipline of psychology to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and global society?
Psychology is a bridging discipline in that many other fields rely on our scientific findings and theories for their advancement. I think that the future of psychology is contingent upon our ability to lead the world in the advancement of transdisciplinary science and practice. The problems that impact our global community can be best understood and addressed when viewed through the lens of psychological science. Psychological findings permeate almost every field of science and practice. It is imperative for APA to be a leader in this effort and to strive to be inclusive by bringing other disciplines and practitioners together.
Q4: What do you see as the most significant challenges and the greatest opportunities for doctoral-level psychologists in the context of the Affordable Care Act?
While the impact of the Affordable Care Act is not entirely clear at this point, it is evident that access to care will be enhanced for many who have previously been excluded or underserved. Thus, an opportunity arises for psychologists to exert influence in identifying and addressing the behavioral and mental health needs of our society. Psychologists should strive to be leaders of interdisciplinary teams in order to focus their considerable skills on the behavioral and mental health needs of every layer of our society. A reduction in untreated physical and mental health issues should be our goal.
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