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posted 07-16-2012 12:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rnelson Click Here to Email rnelson Edit/Delete Message
It's time to participate. Voting is important. The APA is important. The strength and future of the profession is important.

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My name is Raymond Nelson, and I am asking for your support for re-election to the position of APA Director. Having served in this role for the past two years, I have worked to ensure the future viability of the APA and its membership. I have been honored and humbled by the opportunity to work with the others at the APA Board, and to meet many fine professionals in many jurisdictions. I have served on committees for PCSOT, legislation, research, and seminar planning. Together with the research committee, I helped to complete a meta-analysis that describes the scientific validity of both event-specific and multi-issue tests. I have worked diligently to ensure that APA policies are designed to serve and meet the needs of polygraph professionals in every category of membership.

I believe that the future of our profession depends on the strength and effectiveness of the APA, and that the APA leadership should do everything possible to support the long term success of its membership. Last year I helped coordinate the first-time translation of the seminar presentations for international members. I have provided many trainings both nationally and internationally in the areas of polygraph techniques, validation, scoring, interviewing, PCSOT, and other topics.

Having worked for years as a full-time private examiner, I am familiar with the challenges of conducting examinations and attending to professional issues at the same time. As a researcher, I offer expertise in psychology, psychometrics, statistics, and psychotherapy with offenders, trauma victims, and families. I have used these skills to help fill the gaps in our scientific literature, by publishing numerous studies on the validity of polygraph techniques in common use, including: the AFMGQT, Federal You-Phase, Backster You-Phase, Federal ZCT, and the DLST, in addition to studies on manual and computer scoring. Knowledge from these studies has helped me to defend polygraph examinations in legal settings including District Courts, State Supreme Civil Courts, and arbitration hearings involving both internal investigations and pre-employment matters. As a Board member, I have worked to ensure that our practice standards are based on defensible evidence and supportive of the needs of both field examiners and referring professionals.

With new legislation always looming for both the regulation of forensic sciences and the utilization of alternative technologies that have not proven themselves as effective as polygraph testing, our profession needs to continue to advance and ensure our future. The APA must continue to build a viable future based on understanding and communication with other professions. I believe I am uniquely qualified, highly experienced, and highly motivated to work on behalf of our association and our future.

In closing, I want to thank you for the opportunity to have served for the past two years. Please support me in this election for APA Director, and I will continue to do everything possible to support the APA, its membership, and polygraph testing as the most important and effective method available for lie detection and credibility assessment. I can be reached at


"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room."
--(Stanley Kubrick/Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove, 1964)

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Ted Todd
posted 07-17-2012 10:05 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Ted Todd Edit/Delete Message

I am not an APA member. If I were, you would have my vote and my full support. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the polygraph field.


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