Questions from APA Monitor on Psychology

In this critical time for APA, we need a President who will lead us forward. For ten-years, I pursued the truth regarding APA’s collusion supporting the military’s abusive interrogations and co-led the fight to remove psychologists from all national security interrogations and from Guantanamo.  APA must rebuild its reputation worldwide: the European Federation of Psychologist Associations expressed “deep shock” and Nature referred to our “deal with the devil.”  If elected, I will provide a recognized, trusted voice and strive to assure the membership, the public and the international community of APA’s renewed commitment to prioritizing transparency, ethics and human rights.

For decades, I’ve worked with and learned from clinicians of color in East Africa, Israel/Palestine, Kosovo and domestically to address trauma arising from political violence. At APA, we must listen to our own psychologists of color and their associations to understand how best to effect social change. My Presidential initiative, Alternatives at APA, aims at cultivating and supporting leadership among a new, diverse generation of psychologists, including student affiliates of color. Together we can speak to the psychosocial effects of racism, violence, mass incarceration, and undocumented status on families, communities and the nation, tapping APA’s resources to promote alternatives.