2015 APA presidential candidates answer questions about practice

The five candidates for the 2015 APA presidential election answered the following two questions pertaining to the future of professional practice and the APA Practice Organization (APAPO).

  • How would you encourage membership in the APA Practice Organization?
  • What would you identify as your priorities for ensuring that psychologists will have a pivotal role, front and center, in leading and implementing health care reform?

The five candidates are (listing alphabetically):

  • Barry S. Anton, PhD
  • Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD
  • Rodney L. Lowman, PhD
  • Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD
  • Steven J. Reisner, PhD

To read each candidate’s reply, click on their name below.

Candidates’ statements reflect their own views and do not represent the position of APA or APAPO.

Anton

How would you encourage membership in the APA Practice Organization?

The APAPO's mission is vital to the practice community and requires sustained support as the APAPO is the only national organization that advocates solely for practicing psychologists. Expanding membership opportunities to college students, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) members and early career psychologists at a reduced fee is an entré to the APAPO and the benefits of belonging to an organization that strongly advocates for practice. Providing guidance through continuing education, publications and social media in navigating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dealing with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and the new CPT® codes, is an incentive to support the APAPO. Sharing ideas at health care reform summits sponsored by state psychological associations can inform, recruit and retain psychologists into the APAPO.

APAPO membership is also an opportunity for psychologists to advocate and become state and national leaders. 

Because my proposed International Summit on Psychology and Integrated Care will showcase the valuable work that the APAPO engages in, a new membership category can be created to allow international affiliates to join the APAPO and become actively engaged. By joining, they will receive the innovative and valuable publications, advocacy strategies, and access to experts. International affiliates can contribute their ideas as active collaborators. Using webinars, social media and virtual meetings, international colleagues can contribute their perspectives on how integrated care has worked in their countries and add value to APAPO membership. 

What would you identify as your priorities for ensuring that psychologists will have a pivotal role, front and center, in leading and implementing healthcare reform?

The ACA offers psychologists leadership opportunities by demonstrating that our extensive education, training and effectiveness are part of our “value-added” traditional and innovative treatments and techniques that are essential to integrated care. The ACA is a great opportunity for psychologists to demonstrate leadership by effectively publicizing that many visits to primary care providers are mental health-related and can be effectively treated by psychologists. 

We must raise public and provider awareness of our value as change agents and demonstrate that our treatments are cost effective, valid and accessible. Psychologists have data that validates our treatment effectiveness which informs employers, educates health care administrators and the public. 

Our perceived value will benefit from wide dissemination through the APA Public Education Campaign, social media outreach, op-eds, print and media advertising and webinars. 

We must demonstrate our critical role as valuable, effective, available and flexible providers who treat mental health issues and provide interventions that improve health and wellness. Lifestyle choices, such as overeating, substance abuse, lack of exercise and stress are amenable to psychological treatments that can prevent physical illness, reduce health care costs and improve quality of life. These outcomes must be publicized to insure our inclusion in health care reform.

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Geisinger
Lowman
Magnavita
Reisner