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362023Volume 36, Issue5September/October 2023
The September/October Observer: Behavior and Climate
Psychological science examines our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to a changing climate.

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Wendy Wood
University of Southern California
APS President 2023 - 2024
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In this Issue:
The Limitless Applications of Psychological Science

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    “I think there's never been greater interest in and relevance and importance of translating rigorous research and academic scholarship for practitioners. There are significant gaps in helping business people—leaders and managers—access research-based insights in a digestible and systematic format.”   Michael Fenlon, PhD, Partner and Chief Future of Work Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)  In my last Observer column, I described the employment landscape for psychology PhDs. At graduation, only about 50% take academic jobs. Many of those are short-term, with about 40% postdocs and 10% faculty positions.

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