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Volume 13, Issue5May/June 2000

Presidential Column

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Elizabeth D. Capaldi
University of Buffalo
APS President 1999 - 2000
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Specializing in Psychological Science as a Whole

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  • Specializing in Psychological Science as a Whole

    As my term as President ends, I have been reflecting on why I participate in APS and believe it is such an important organization for our field. APS is the main organization committed to the science of psychology in all its aspects. There are other organizations devoted to specialty areas, but only APS includes all areas of scientific psychology, and only APS is devoted solely to the science. Another distinguishing feature is that APS is an advocate in Washington for the science of psychology, while other groups have explicitly decided to stay out of lobbying. APS's Washington agenda focuses on the science of psychology, not the various practice-related issues, which makes it a particularly effective advocate for us, and also allows us to be seen in Washington as a scientific group on a par with, and often bonding on issues with, other scientific organizations.