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>> NADINE KASLOW: Greetings. I'm Dr. Nadine Kaslow, the 2014 president of our American
Psychological Association. Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to watch this
video. I love being a psychologist and I'm passionate about advancing APA's mission and
strategic plan. For these reasons, I am honored, delighted and honestly humbled to serve as
this year's president.
My overarching presidential theme is uniting psychology for the future. To this end, I
will do my best to be an inclusive president and engage as many of you as possible in the
activities of the association.
I firmly believe in the power of our collective expertise and wisdom. I hope to create novel
opportunities for us to share our perspectives, both with each other and with society. Psychology
can offer invaluable strategies for overcoming many of the world's problems. Doing so requires
us to communicate our science-based solutions beyond the discipline. Like you, I have many
roles. I'm a dedicated educator, a researcher invested in culturally informed and clinically
applicable investigations and a generalist practitioner.
I'm also devoted to bringing psychological know-how to policymakers and the public. My
multiple roles enhance each other. The time is now for the discipline to recognize the
ways in which its many parts complement each other to create a stronger and more integrated
whole. Building bridges, communicating openly and collaborating actively will be critical
in my presidential year. Let's work together and recognize our discipline will be more
effective and powerful when we foster respectful dialogue, learn from one another and capitalize
on our similarities and differences in unique ways.
During the year, I am thrilled to be working with teams of APA members on three initiatives.
I am proud that each of these teams is co-chaired by a senior psychologist and an early career
psychologist and that members were chosen via an open call selection process.
My first initiative will facilitate the transitions new psychologists need to make from completing
their doctoral education to securing their first job. Continuing to address the internship
imbalance will be on this task force's agenda, but it will also look broadly at training
issues to ensure new psychologists from all backgrounds are prepared for today's evolving
My second initiative will focus on using new media to translate psychological science for
the general public. Working with APA staff, this task force will identify emerging areas
of science ready for dissemination to the public and have them optimally communicate
to the public what we know.
My third initiative will support and expand psychologists' roles in patient and family-centered
health care. Simply put, the underpinnings of the patient protection in the Affordable
Care Act match many of psychology's most valued tenets -- interdisciplinary care, evidence-based
practices and provision of care to the underserved.
Psychology must now position itself to be ready to fulfill the opportunities afforded
by the act and to be leaders in doing so.
For more information on any of these projects, go to my website or visit my Facebook page
or follow me on Twitter. Also, I welcome your feedback and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Friends and colleagues, by working together we enhance our mutual competence and strengthen
psychology's contribution to making the world a better place. I am excited to collaborate
with you and thank you for your support this year.