Seligman Elected APA President

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Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, was elected APA President Elect by an overwhelming margin in the recent APA Presidential ballot. Dr. Seligman will become President Elect in February 1997 and will take the office of President in January 1998.

Dr. Seligman, who is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has a distinguished career in psychology as a scientist, teacher, mentor, author, and advocate for all facets of psychology.

"This election is a watershed for APA," said Dr. Seligman. "The science-practice split is beginning to heal, and it is my hope that many more scientists will now become active in the governance of APA." Dr. Seligman's candidacy had strong support from the full range of APA members--scientists and practitioners alike.

"This last decade has been a difficult one for both science and practice, and we have learned two lessons: that practice can only flourish with a strong scientific base and that science can only flourish by convincing Congress and the American public that its discoveries can help to heal human suffering and to fulfill human potential," Dr. Seligman noted.

Dr. Seligman has been involved in APA governance in a variety of ways and, most recently, as a member of the Board of Scientific Affairs and as President of Division 12 (Clinical). He received an APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, was named as an APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, and at the 1996 APA Annual Convention, delivered one of the Master Lectures. He also was a recipient of the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow Award and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award.

"The governance and staff in Science are really looking forward to working with Marty over the next several years--he is incredibly energetic, has some great ideas, and is a champion for the entire discipline," said William Howell, PhD, APA Executive Director for Science.

A prolific author, Dr. Seligman has written 140 scientific articles and 13 books, among them Helplessness; Abnormal Psychology (with David Rosenhan); Learned Optimism; and The Optimistic Child.

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