Maximizing health outcomes requires bi-directional relationships among clinical practice, education and scientific discovery, and Psychology stands out among other healthcare specialties in exemplifying how this should manifest. Psychologists do an excellent job of making this effort visible in the broader healthcare arena as evidenced by the prominent role of psychological interventions in treatment guidelines and policy statements. Despite these accomplishments, there is still much that needs to be done. Clinical work is plagued by issues related to coverage and reimbursements, healthcare disparities, and access to care. Continued scientific inquiry is needed to guide practice, yet acquiring funding for research is becoming increasingly challenging. Curricula need to be modified to reflect the changing times but patients, payors, and other clinicians also need to be educated on the role of psychology in health.
I established educational and treatment pathways in academic medical centers that address disparities and access issues while concurrently cultivating interdisciplinary environments in which Psychologists are treated as equal partners in healthcare delivery, research, and education. I am involved with interprofessional core competency and curriculum development, lobby to change policies related to psychological care, and work with scholars to translate research innovations into clinical practice. If bestowed with the honor of being elected SfHP president, I will use the skills that allow me to accomplish the above to nurture and expand my alliances with APA leadership, across its Divisions, and among outside professional organizations to better leverage the talents of our membership to overcome the obstacles that impact us.