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APA News New APA initiatives aim to bring more psychology into education APA’s Center for Psychology in Schools and Education is working on three initiatives aimed at promoting the value of psychology in education: • The center is staffing a new APA Presidential Task Force on Educational Disparities created by APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD. The task force is identifying what psychological science has to say about the nature and source of educational disparities; to pinpoint interventions that have been successful in addressing these gaps; and to recommend ways psychologists and the public can incorporate these interventions in practice, policy and research. A report outlining their findings will be released in 2012. • APA’s Board of educational Affairs will now give an annual award that recognizes effective learning environments to a local school in the APA Annual Convention host city. A task force is working to develop a set of criteria to evaluate and select winning schools. • In collaboration with Science Directorate staff, the center will staff a new Task Force on Training Psychologists to Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team Science. This eight-member group will recommend initiatives APA can pursue to advance and improve the training of psychologists to participate in multidisciplinary team science. APA launches free outcome measurement database for members only APA members can now search for information about a range of outcome Johnson, McDaniel join APA Board of Directors APA’s Council of Representatives has elected two new members-at-large to serve three-year terms on APA’s Board of Directors: Josephine D. Johnson, PhD, and Susan H. McDaniel, PhD. Both women bring strong leadership skills and a wealth of governance experience to their new roles. Johnson, a private practitioner at Johnson Behavioral Health in Livonia, Mich., served on APA’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) Johnson from 2005 to 2008 and is the Council of Representatives member for Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). She also chaired APA’s Membership Board this year, and plans to focus on boosting and enhancing membership during her time on the Board of Directors. “We have had a number of challenges to maintaining membership in recent years — some economic, some philosophical and some related to meeting the needs of diverse constituent groups,” she says. “I’m interested in working on ways to increase the value of belonging, and I’m especially interested in making APA membership McDaniel indispensable for the next generation of practitioners, researchers, educators and social justice activists.” McDaniel is a distinguished professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and director of the university’s Institute for the Family. She chaired APA’s Publication and Communications Board in 2006, served on the Council of Representatives for Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) that same year and was a member of CAPP from 2008 to 2010. As one of psychology’s primary-care pioneers, McDaniel intends to use her three decades of family medicine experience to help APA develop and define psychology’s role in integrated care. “As health care transforms, there are many opportunities for us if we are at the table and trained to provide this kind of care,” she says. “Women’s health, palliative care, geriatrics, pediatrics — there are so many contexts that need psychologists to develop programs and provide or oversee services.” —J. ChAMBERliN measures for professional practice through PracticeOUTCOMES: Measures for Psychologists. Access to PracticeOUTCOMES is free to APA members. This practical tool contains information on measure domains, features, costs and reliability, among other indicators. The database 77 n ov e M b e r 2 0 1 1 • M o n i to r o n p s yc h o l o g y

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - November 2011

Monitor on Psychology - November 2011
President’s Column
Guest Column
‘Grand Challenges’ offers blueprint for mental health research
Documentary seeks to reach parents of LGBT kids
Treating veterans will cost at least $5 billion by 2020
Selfless volunteering might lengthen your life
Combat and stress up among U.S. military in Afghanistan
South Africa to host international psychology conference
Study uncovers a reason behind sex differences in mental illness
Navy psychologist gives a voice to combat trauma
In Brief
Psychologist suicide
On Your Behalf
Journey back to Heart Mountain
Psychology is key to pain management, report finds
ACT goes international
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Time Capsule
Science Watch
Behavior change in 15-minute sessions?
Health-care reform 2.0
Perspective on Practice
Giving a heads up on concussion
Practice Profile
Searching for meaning
Inspiring young researchers
Aging, with grace
Public Interest
Thank you!
APA News
Division Spotlight
American Psychological Foundation
The man who gave Head Start a start

Monitor on Psychology - November 2011