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education BY RHE A K . FARB ERMAN • Monitor executive editor Psychology tops council’s agenda Action by APA’s Council of Representatives also included funding work on telepsychology guidelines and the approval of two more APA journals. P sychology education and the dissemination of the discipline’s scholarship were at the forefront of many actions taken by APA’s Council of Representatives at its Feb. 24–26 meeting. Concerning education in psychology, the council adopted two new guidelines and approved funding to update a third. The approved guidelines include a taxonomy for education and training in professional psychology ( specialize/crsppp.aspx) and a framework for preparing teachers of high school psychology ( index.aspx). The approved funding will support a meeting of a Board of Educational Affairs task force charged with revising the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology. “I was pleased to see the emphasis on education and training throughout the meeting,” said Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, who as APA president served as presiding officer during the council meeting. “Education — of future psychologists, allied professionals and the public — is the key to the discipline’s future and the impact it can have on society.” In addition to her duties as presiding officer, Johnson updated the council on her three presidential initiatives, which focus on the nation’s obesity crisis, how to attract more early career psychologists to APA and interdisciplinary practice and science. Johnson’s obesity initiative targets the role that psychologists, as experts in behavior, can play in addressing the alarming rates of obesity in the United States. According to data Johnson shared with the council, 33 percent of boys and 39 percent of girls born in 2000 will develop diabetes at some time during their lives because of obesity. For more information about these presidential initiatives, including a link to Johnson’s Presidential Report to Council, go to The council also devoted more than a half-day of its twoand-a-half-day meeting to a “mega issues” discussion as part of APA’s Good Governance Project (GGP). The GGP task force recently concluded an assessment of the APA governance system and brought forward recommendations designed to more fully align the system with what is needed for a 21st-century M O N I T O R O N P S Y C H O L O G Y • M AY 2 0 1 2 80

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - May 2012

Monitor on Psychology - May 2012
President’s Column
From the CEO
Math + science + motherhood = a tough combination
The rights of indigenous people take center stage at AAAS meeting
Interdisciplinary programs that are leading the way
Good Governance Project moves into its next phase
APA publishes third edition of seminal ADHD book for kids
Government Relations Update
In Brief
Random Sample
Judicial Notebook
Psychology’s first forays into film
Time Capsule
Presidential programming
Obesity researchers receive lifetime achievement awards
Top speakers for psychology’s top meeting
Science Watch
Homing in on sickle cell disease
Psychologist Profile
Alone in the ‘hole’
Public Interest
State Leadership Conference ‘12
Perspective on Practice
Education tops council’s agenda
Meet the candidates for APA’s 2014 president
Presidential election guidelines
Division Spotlight
American Psychological Foundation
Support for sexual miniorities

Monitor on Psychology - May 2012