Among the many tragic events that unfolded in our country last year, issues related to racial disparities resonated strongly within me for a variety of personal and professional reasons. They forced me to look within to ascertain what I can do to make a difference, and they also raised national awareness of the importance of addressing inequalities and their impacts.
Psychologists have historically led the way in this arena, and it is critical that we continue to thoughtfully examine how disparities of all types impact the science, practice, and teaching of health psychology. After all, the most scientifically rigorous treatments and educational programs are of limited value if they are inaccessible to the socioeconomically disadvantaged or have unintentional sociocultural biases that impact their global efficacy.
If honored with the opportunity to lead SfHP, I will work with our Diversity and Inclusion Officer to create formal pathways that promote scholarship in translational disparity research and program development. I will also collaborate with APA leadership and outside organizations to explore the wider range of issues that impact our ability to do the work we love. For meaningful change to occur we must have these discussions with more than just fellow psychologists: all relevant parties need to be at the table. I have a proven track record of making such collaborations to promote change across different settings, and hope to utilize my established academic and organizational leadership skills to further advance our society. For more information about my background, please visit www.raviprasadphd.com