Monitor on Psychology - December 2011 - (Page 9)

From the ceo A year of accomplishments By Dr. NOrMaN B. aNDErSON • aPa ChIEF ExECuTIVE OFFICEr As the end of 2011 approaches, I’d like to reflect on some of the significant ways that APA has moved to make the association even better. This year, we’ve focused on several initiatives that promote and facilitate the great work psychologists do. Much of our work is guided by the association’s strategic plan. In August, the Council of Representatives approved funding for seven key initiatives: • Increasing member engagement and value by assessing and restructuring our business models. • Conducting ongoing analysis of current and future demand for the psychology work force to meet national needs. • Continuing to develop treatment guidelines to promote the translation of psychological science into practice. • Expanding the public education campaign to include the entire discipline of psychology. • Promoting opportunities for graduate and professional development to advance psychology’s role in health, including interdisciplinary training. • Increasing support for research, training, public education and interventions that reduce health disparities among underserved and marginalized populations. • Forging strategic alliances with health-care organizations to include psychologists in integrated health-care services. APA has also made significant progress on its Good Governance Project, which involves a team of 15 APA members, staff and consultants who are taking a close look at APA’s governance structure to ensure that we have the best system in place for the 21st century. The team has devoted much of this year to collecting data from members about APA’s operations. It hopes to present proposals to APA’s board and council by August. In addition, APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, has been working with APA on three initiatives that could have a significant impact on contemporary society. One is to better understand educational disparities and use psychology’s expertise to reduce them. Another is shedding light on the psychological effects of immigration. The third initiative examines the cause and effects of discrimination, prejudice and bias. On Capitol Hill, APA has been working to ensure that the new health-care reform law advances psychology practice and increases patient access to psychological and behavioral health services. APA and APAPO have been focused on DeceMber 2011 • Monitor on psychology including psychologists in integrated health-care models; supporting outreach to state psychological associations working for health-care reform; expanding insurance coverage for mental and behavioral health services; and securing compensation for psychologists in Medicare, among many other priorities. This year, for the first time, APA journal articles were published online first through APA’s PsycARTICLES database, allowing psychologists access to new research within as few as 30 days after an article is accepted for publication. APA journal articles are also now available through a mobile app. In September, APA released two new databases. PsycTESTS (, which provides access to complete psychological tests and other assessments, and PsycTHERAPY (, a database of streaming therapy demonstrations featuring clinicians working with participants. This fall, we launched digital versions of APA’s magazines — the Monitor and gradPSYCH — giving members immediate access and expanded digital content. APA’s four directorates – Education, Science, Practice and Public Interest – have also made progress on key fronts. The Education Directorate quadrupled its online continuingeducation courses this year. The Science Directorate worked steadfastly on having psychology accepted as a STEM science and on psychology and global climate change. The Practice Directorate was central to APA’s efforts to implement health care reform and develop the profession’s first treatment guidelines (see page 18). The Public Interest Directorate has focused on immigration and on the effect of discrimination, prejudice and bias. The past year has been a busy one for APA, and we look forward to working with members in 2012 to forge ahead with efforts to make psychology stronger for generations to come. n 9

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

Monitor on Psychology - December 2011
President’s Column
From the CEO
Willpower Pioneer Wins $100,000 Grawemeyer Prize
Single-Sex Schooling Called Into Question by Prominent Researchers
Maternal Depression Stunts Childhood Growth, Research Suggests
For Boys, Sharing May Seem Like a Waste of Time
Good News for Postdoc Applicants
In Brief
Treatment Guideline Development Now Under Way
Government Relations Update
Psychologist Named Va Mental Health Chief
The Limits of Eyewitness Testimony
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Time Capsule
Deconstructing Suicide
A Focus on Interdisciplinarity
A Time of ‘Enormous Change’
The Science Behind Team Science
Good Science Requires Good Conflict
A New Paradigm of Care
Speaking of Education
Science Directions
New Labels, New Attitudes?
Psychologist Profile
Early Career Psychology
Unintended Consequences
Better Options for Troubled Teens
Saving Lives, One Organ at a Time
New Journal Editors
APA News
Division Spotlight
Guidelines for the Conduct of President-Elect Nominations and Elections
American Psychological Foundation

Monitor on Psychology - December 2011