APA Elections Require MOTHERS Act Response

Dear colleagues:

Reproduced below is an email to the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) regarding 2 New Jersey candidates seeking election to be president of the American Psychological Association (APA) this year.

Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

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Re: APA Elections/Mothers Act/ NJ Postpartum Depression Law
To: NJPA Listserv
From: Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.
Cc: Some NJPA members, Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

Dear colleagues at the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA):

Reproduced below (and in a Word attachment above) is a letter that I have sent to Dr. Carol Goodheart and Dr. Robert McGrath, 2 New Jersey candidates to be president of the American Psychological Association (APA) this year.

3 main items must be addressed:

The Mothers Act, a proposed national law
The New Jersey Postpartum Depression Law
Torture in the military

All 3 of the above contain many serious legal and ethical violations.

It seems that guild interests may have overridden legal/ethical considerations.

If you wish to send your own letter, you can copy my letter and add your name in place of mine.

Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

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Re: APA Elections/Mothers Act/ NJ Postpartum Depression Law
To: Carol Goodheart, Ed.D. and Robert McGrath, Ph.D.
From: Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.
Cc: Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Goodheart and Dr. McGrath:

I am writing this because both of you are candidates from New Jersey seeking election to be president of the American Psychological Association (APA) this year.

I would like each of you to comment on what appear to be extremely serious legal and ethical violations contained in the proposed Mothers Act (on the national level) and contained in the current New Jersey Postpartum Depression (PPD) Law. Both pieces of legislation contain features that reflect failure to have full informed consent provisions, and were sadly blindly supported carte blanche by the New Jersey Psychological Association and by APA. These bills have dire, critical national implications both legally and ethically regarding womenʼs rights and freedom.

Another candidate for the APA presidency (i.e., Steven Reisner, Ph.D.) is extensively concerned with ethical issues and with concern that the APA has lost its moral compass regarding the issue of the APAʼs support of psychologists working in facilities that use torture.

Before I cast my vote for any candidate this year, I expect to be fully informed regarding their position on these three issues, and I sincerely hope that each of you from New Jersey make clear statements regarding these issues. My vote will not go to any candidate who does not comment on all three issues, and I urge my colleagues to do likewise. The APA should be concerned with more than just guild issues and the presidency is a start in that direction.

Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

2 thoughts on “APA Elections Require MOTHERS Act Response

  1. More info from Dr. Zampardi concerning the APA election…

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    Colleagues:

    As indicated below, I recently wrote to you about the APA Elections, the Mothers Act, and the New Jersey PPD Law. If you are disposed to do so, please send a letter to the 2 APA candidates.

    If you so wish, use my letter as is or modify it according to your views. Relevant email addresses are provided.

    Thank you.

    Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

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    Colleagues:

    If you wish to write to the 2 New Jersey candidates, their information is as follows:

    Carol Goodheart, Ed.D. carol@drcarolgoodheart.com

    Robert McGrath, Ph.D. mcgrath@fdu.edu

    If you wish to contact another candidate, Steven Reisner, Ph.D., his email address is sreisner@psychoanalysis.net.

    Michael G. Zampardi, Ph.D.

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