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I am pleased to say Doug Haldeman and I have reached an agreement to support each other's campaign for APA president in 2011. If you support me as a candidate, I would ask that you give Doug your #2 vote, as he will be asking the same of his supporters. Check out his website (it's very flashy!) by clicking HERE.
A Teacher: I have been teaching psychology for more than 25 years at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I currently serve as the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, the M.S Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the Certificate Program in Integrated Primary Care.
A Scientist: My research program, primarily in measurement, clinical assessment, and professional issues in healthcare psychology, has produced over 150 publications and presentations.
A Clinician: As a licensed psychologist (New York and New Jersey) I continue to supervise graduate students in assessment and psychotherapy.
A Legislative Advocate: I have been involved in legislative activities in more than half a dozen states over the last eight years. This has included legislature testimony, input on the content of bills, and preparing educational material for legislators and their aids.
An Active Member of the Discipline: Currently I’m a member of Divisions 5, 8, 12, 38, and 55. Recent projects include founding the Division 38 Integrated Primary Care Committee, which is working on enhancing educational opportunities for psychologists in primary care, while also addressing professional and legal issues that interfere with such involvement; serving on the APA Council of Representatives for Division 55; participating in the Division 12 Committee on Science and Practice; and playing an active role in the development of professional and training guidelines associated with pharmacotherapy.
An Active Citizen: In my free time, I serve as the chair for the primary environmental group in my home town, Sustainable Warwick.

• Advocacy is the key to maintaining the economic viability of psychology as a profession, to influencing social policy, and to increased federal support for psychological research. If psychologists do not become more involved in advocacy, then all of us will suffer. Avenues for improving advocacy skills include more distributed training in advocacy, greater emphasis on involving psychologists in the organization, and greater collaboration with other organizations.

• As a hub science, psychological science can make important contributions to a variety of social issues. These include improving decision-making in all its forms, understanding relationships between groups, the essential qualities of morality, and many others.

• Psychology can plan an important role in the future of healthcare. This will require preparing psychologists for a healthcare system that requires greater collaboration with other professions.

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