Prof Jacquelyn Cranney’s Statement

APS members are diverse in terms of their professional focus and expertise; nevertheless, there are common interests and values, which are reflected in documents such as the Constitution, Code of Ethics and Strategic Plan. APS advocates for these common interests over the short- and long-term, often in the face of significant external threats that may change from year to year.
Mostly, APS is successful in its advocacy, but occasionally the external factors are immutable.
Different member groups also have different interests and values that occasionally clash. Usually, over time, such differences are worked out, partly because of members’ capacity to perspective take and appreciate the complexities of Australian psychology and of Australian society.
APS continues to seek new ways in which members can benefit by, for example, upgrading their skills and qualifications. Moreover, APS is working hard to improve its communication, engagement and governance processes, with significant changes ahead.
Meanwhile, although my term on the Board ceases at the October AGM, I am running for the Board as a DPRET member. My nomination statement will give you some idea of what I have been accomplishing with the DPRET Forum and the Science team, and what I think is important in terms of the future direction for APS.
Regardless of what happens with the spill and the elections, I am confident that APS, as the peak psychology organization in Australia, will continue to work toward acquiring the best outcomes that it can for its membership.