Candidate Statements for British Columbia Psychological Association

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Ashley Heiner, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored and excited to be nominated to represent the British Columbia Psychological Association as an APA Council Representative. Over the course of my career I have been involved in forensic practice, clinical practice, supervision, teaching, program development, and research. I have done so whilst living in Australia, the United States, and Canada. Thus, I have first-hand knowledge of many issues facing psychologists across diverse areas of practice. I also have detailed knowledge of the ways in which psychologists across different geographical regions have approached these issues. I believe that the next decade will bring challenges to psychologists: for example, as many agencies and organizations replace psychology positions with lower-paid mental health clinicians. As an APA Council Representative, I would like to help the discipline of psychology to increase its influence and reach by advocating across local, state, national and international networks, improving the awareness of how psychologists can bring powerful, empirical based solutions, not only to improve individual lives, but also to improve broader social systems and problems. I would also like to focus on complex, non-clinical areas where psychology shows great promise in providing knowledge and understanding that will assist decision-making; for example, predicting risk of child maltreatment and assessing parental capacity. Funding and further research is required, and I will be a strong advocate for this agenda. Thank you for your consideration.