1. Please describe your contributions to the independent practice of psychology, including any positions held and committee work past and/or currently you have made to Division 42.
As a psychologist, my life has always been defined by science and practice. I annually contribute to APAPO and donate to thePAC, which supports practice issues.I started my career in academia, but I also enjoy practice. Prior to becoming the Counseling Center Director at the University of Memphis (UofM), I worked with clients at the University of Florida Counseling Center from 1979 until 2003. At UofM, I established an APA-accredited internship thereby providing training for numerous independent practitioners. Furthermore, I have published on psychotherapy and multicultural issues. I am a member of the Tennessee Psychological Association(TPA) and received a mentoring award from TPA in 2016. I also have lobbied for independent practice and have provided continuing education training for the Tennessee, Texas, and Illinois Psychological Associations. Moreover, I have chaired the Board of Professional Affairs and was a member of Association of Practicing Psychologists for many years.
2. The financial crisis facing the APAPO is a critical issue effecting the viability of the Practice Organization that will seriously effect the future ability to advance, defend and protect the practice of psychology. What concrete measure(s) would you implement to address this financial and viability issue on behalf of the APAPO and practice constituents?
I have watched the finances of the APAPO decline from around $5 million to over $2 million. Membership has decreased by more than half. This decrease suggests that we have not been clear about how critical the organization is to practice and/or we have not helped members to feel welcomed and excited about participation. A task group was appointed to identify the issues and to propose solutions. I will listen carefully to the task group and then use my voice to support the recommendations. The issues facing APAPO are part of a much larger problem. We must decide what we want the discipline of psychological practice to be in 25 years. I will work for our discipline along with Division 42 psychologists to plan for the next 25 to 50 years. We must envision a future for our profession and we must act quickly to actualize this vision.
3. Please provide your position and how you intend to address each of these important APA governance concerns: a) improved transparency of the APA BOD with APA Council; b) the Good Governance Project, particularly the delegation of fiscal and operational responsibilities exclusively to the APA BOD; c) the Independent Review and re-engaging of Hoffman.
a) Transparency. The Board and Council must function as a team. It is essential that we share openly and communicate frequently with APA members. The Board acts on behalf of Council. We can use technology to enable the groups to hear from one other and engage more regularly with our membership.
b) Delegation. As a member of the Finance Committee, I am working to evaluate the delegation. More importantly, we must ensure that Council is working in the profession. Council could be the main visions the discipline and profession of psychology in 25 to 50 years. It is critical that our profession addresses both the science and practice of psychology.
c) Independent Review and Hoffman. The work groups convened in the wake of Hoffman have made some helpful contributions to APA governance. We need to continue to learn as much as we can from the Independent review but not re-engage Hoffman.
4.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?
There are many vital areas facing the independent practice of psychology including integrated care, master’s level providers, current governmental attitudes, reimbursement, a closer relation to science. I plan to call on wise psychologists (including those from Division 42) to identify problems, propose solutions, and enact needed changes. I listen well and will act affirmatively. We must be forthright with each other in a compassionate manner. We must be courageous to speak up and enact change. If we envision APAPO for Practice and Science, we could build a stronger research and practice coalition in APA and APAPO so that the discipline of psychology is strengthened. I build coalitions and teams to address problems. I bring these skills to the presidency. I hope you will join me in this work. My theme is “Dream Big. Do More.” We must do both for the Division 42 and the practice of psychology.