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September 28, 2018

Question:  What is your position on prescriptive authority for psychologists?  

Sandy's Brief Answer:

I have been (since the initial DOD demonstration project), and continue to be, fully supportive of prescriptive authority as a specialty for psychologists with...

August 29, 2018

Question 1: What are your goals, as APA President, for APA’s international engagement and for infusing an international perspective into APA’s own vision, activities, and initiatives?

In its 2009 vision statement, APA aspired to be “a principal leader and global partner...

August 29, 2018

Question 1: Please describe your contributions to the independent practice of psychology, including any positions held and committee work past and present.  

Career focus:

  • Independent group practice—1983-2000 (with 35 staff)

  • Independent consultation/consult...

August 29, 2018

We have a children’s mental health crisis in this country, and we need all of psychology to help address it.  The fact that we have watched daily as families have routinely been separated at our southern border reflects a major gap between psychology’s scientifically-b...

August 29, 2018

Substance abuse problems extract a huge toll on society. The CDC reported 63,600 drug overdose deaths in just 2016. These problems do not get the national attention they deserve, except occasionally, where consequences are so apparent, they demand response.  Opiate use...

August 29, 2018

Question 1:  How do you differentiate Health Service Psychology from Health Psychology?

For me, Health Service Psychology (HSP) is the broader of the two concepts.  HSP encompasses the foundation for psychology as a primary care profession as well as psychology as a spe...

August 20, 2018

Sandy's Response:

We have perpetuated narrow definitions of psychological science and practice which exacerbate a false dichotomy.  General applied psychologists and many APA applied psychology divisions routinely integrate psychological science and practice but have li...

August 20, 2018

Sandy's Response:

APA can best embrace social justice/human rights efforts where we envision unique and/or significant impact, bringing a strong moral compass and utilizing our best science.  We need a one-APA response structure that integrates science, practice and pol...

June 10, 2018

Sandy’s Response: 

Addressing global challenges such as health, poverty and geopolitical violence requires globally aware partners working side-by-side.  US psychology must broaden its global perspective.  We could

  • Define global partnership as central in APA’s s...

June 10, 2018

Sandy’s Response: 

We should, as a discipline and profession, take a significant role in developing and updating clinical guidelines, based on our best science, and establishing psychology as a meaningful part of interprofessional, evidence-based healthcare.  We must al...

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