Question 3: How do you think APA should address the scientific process of developing, updating and implementing APA clinical guidelines?

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 also be diverse and inclusive scientifically if we want guidelines to be maximally helpful and effective for the public. For example, we can encourage use of mathematical optimization models with multiple variables, addressing common, context, client and therapist variables, and incorporating a wider intervention range.  Finally, we need a development/adoption process, emphasizing robust expertise, inclusion, and feedback, acknowledging the broad constituency responsible for APA policy.

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