APA Candidate: Bob Woody

Sep 16, 2019

  1. Please describe your contributions to the independent practice of psychology, including any positions held and past or current committee work in Division 42. 

Since 1967, I have engaged in part-time private practice of clinical, counseling, family, and forensic psychology. From my role as a professor, I have taught countless university psychology students, worked as a trainer providing seminars (in approximately thirty-five states). Foremost perhaps, after becoming an attorney (1981), I have emphasized legally safe practices (e.g., before licensing boards, I have represented numerous “Respondents”).With mental health practitioners, I have maintained a robust private practice in law-related consulting. Throughout the years, I have contributed to enriching independent practice by authoring professional publications, commonly emphasizing practice issues (approximately 38 books and several hundred articles). As a D42 Fellow. I served two three-year terms on the APA Council of Representatives, as well an additional two terms for D12; I have also served on the APA Ethics Committee.

  1. The recent reorganization of the Association into APA (c3) and APASI (c6) is a critical issue affecting the ability to advance, defend, and protect the practice of psychology.  What concrete measure(s) would you implement to address this issue on behalf of practice constituents?

I intend to assiduously promote the public health benefits stimulated and enriched by psychology. I will seek to lead APA into being a full-fledged healthcare discipline, including primary and residential care. Certainly psychological research can reinforce health-related objectives for society and all other professional disciplines (well beyond healthcare per se). With psychology’s many constituents, I will promote advocacy of extending psychology into countless areas of life and behavior. I believe that psychology should embrace scholarship and service, and I advocate empirically- and evidence-based substance and practical applications. There can be no limits as to who will have access to and benefit from psychology.

  1. Please provide your position and how you intend to address each of the following APA governance concerns: a) improved transparency of the APA Board of Directors (BoD) with APA Council; b) the continued effects of the Good Governance Project, particularly the delegation of fiscal and operational responsibilities exclusively to the APA BoD; and c) the effects from the Independent Review and the related, ongoing litigation.

Except as might be dictated by law and ethics, all APA-related operations and functions should adhere strictly to informational openness to the membership. Any action triggered by linkage to APA should be subject to informing, soliciting, considering, and deliberating by the membership. There should be no undue authority attributed to or usurped by those people vested with leadership roles.

  1. What do you see as additional vital area(s) facing the independent practice of psychology? How do you plan to confront these areas during your presidency?

Beyond recognition that, for all people, life itself requires development of and access to high quality healthcare, APA and its membership personally should accept the mantle of public service. That said, there is a mandatory prerequisite to base knowledge and services on research and pursue continual development of greater scholarly status for all aspects of psychology. Although the absence of empirical- and evidence-bases was once accepted, the modern status of psychology requires full commitment to science and scholarship. The quality of practice demands independent decision-making. This means that training must prepare every psychologist to adhere to the prevailing laws, standards, and ethics pertaining to the profession of psychology.