Past, Present, and Future of AASP Leadership: To Infinity and Beyond

Michael Sachs, Temple University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-02

Presentation: October 2, 2013 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: Belle Chasse


AASP and APA’s Division 47 (hereafter D47) are both in their early adolescence. There have been many noted professionals who have served as Presidents of each association (27 AASP, 18 D47). This is an appropriate time to review where we have come with our leadership, who is currently serving in leadership positions, and perspectives for early career professionals (ECP) and students who aspire to leadership positions in AASP. The first presentation in this symposium will review some demographic data concerning AASP and D47 Presidents, and offer some analysis of their background and what this may say for the future. The second presentation will be by an ECP serving on the AASP Executive Board. She will provide an ECP perspective on leadership within AASP and the Executive Board and recommendations for other ECP. The third presentation will be by a student member of AASP (a student representative on the Executive Board), who will address leadership opportunities and perspectives for students in AASP. A discussant (a former President of both AASP and D47) will provide an overarching analysis of past trends and future perspectives. Implications for future leaders of the profession, including opportunities across gender, ethnicity, and professional background lines, are discussed, with additional recommendations for students and professionals who aspire to become leaders of AASP.

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