Nadine J. Kaslow, professor and vice-chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, has been elected 2014 president of the American Psychological Association (APA). She will serve as APA’s president-elect in 2013 and president in 2014.
Kaslow holds a joint appointment in Emory’s departments of psychology, pediatrics, emergency medicine and Rollins School of Public Health. She serves as director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology and she is the chief psychologist for the Grady Health System. She also serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet Company.
Kaslow’s vast experience in the delivery of healthcare services is expected to frame her APA presidency.
“Ensuring that psychology is an integral part of health care, and that mental health treatment and prevention services are accessible for all people, is one of the most critical challenges facing our society today,” Kaslow says. “As scientists, educators, advocates and health care professionals, psychologists are essential to the kind of interdisciplinary teams that will be necessary to optimize health care.”
Improving psychology’s educational opportunities and positioning psychology as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) discipline are other goals Kaslow listed among her priorities.
A long-time member of the APA Board of Directors and an APA fellow, Kaslow is past president of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, as well as three APA Divisions — the Society of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and the Society for Family Psychology.
She is editor of APA’s Journal of Family Psychology and has authored more than 270 publications on the assessment and treatment of family violence, depression and suicide in youth and adults, post-traumatic stress disorder, couples and family therapy, women’s mental health, pediatric psychology, and a competency-based approach to psychology education and supervision.
Among her APA awards, Kaslow has received the Krasner Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychotherapy; the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology; the Heiser Award for her efforts in legislative advocacy and public policy; the Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award; and a Presidential Citation for her efforts to assist interns and postdoctoral residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Kaslow received the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for her extraordinary influence on the future of her students.