Candidate Statements for Washington 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: Marta Miranda, PsyD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am an early career professional in private practice in Seattle and currently the WSPA representative to APA Council. During my tenure, I represented the interests of WSPA members during a difficult moment in APA’s history, beginning at the apex of the Independent Review (aka Hoffman Report). I was also a member of the Council Diversity Work Group, helping to usher in greater awareness and recognition of the concerns of marginalized individuals. In 2017, I was elected by my colleagues to be the Early Career Representative to the Council Leadership Team, a term I will serve through 2020.

APA is faced with important challenges that will guide our profession in the following decades, including: whether to recognize a role for master’s clinicians in psychology; development of treatment guidelines that reflect the best evidence-based practice in psychology; and improving psychology’s consideration of diversity issues in clinical practice, science, education, and training.

I believe that APA must tackle these issues by bridging the concerns of its membership. Too often, we remain in intellectual silos, convinced that “our” way is the best (or only) way. We need to ask ourselves who is served by our policies, and who is marginalized, as well as whose voices are not represented. We need policies and practices that recognize more than one way of serving individuals and communities, and that honor and recognize different intellectual and clinical models.

I would be honored to continue to serve as your WSPA representative to APA Council.

Candidate: David Shearer, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am pleased to have the opportunity to submit my name as a candidate for the Washington State Psychological Association’s APA Council Representative. If elected to this position I would endeavor to support the strategic goals of our state and national organization to enhance and expand the role of psychologists in our communities.

I would work to help the organization meet and anticipate challenges in this climate of rapidly evolving healthcare. I recognize the need to position APA as a relevant, innovative leader in healthcare policy. The APA is well-suited to inform national policy as a key opinion leader and to address a broad array of issues such as access to care, parity, education, diversity and advocacy for underserved populations.

It is of vital importance to the future of the field of psychology that APA continues make meaningful and vital contributions to the health of individuals, families, community groups and institutions. It is through a direct influence on peoples’ lives that APA will maintain relevancy at a grass-roots level. APA should be the go-to resource for individuals and organizations alike seeking informed, evidence-based guidance on a plethora of behavioral health topics. I would personally like to see psychology well-represented as a STEM topic in the education or our nation’s youth.

If given the opportunity to serve WSPA as an APA Council Representative I will promote adherence to the highest scientific and ethical standards.