APA directorate updates

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Updates from the Science Directorate

For more information, contact Kirk Waldroff

APA responds to proposed federal changes in human research protections
Individual scientists and organizations are also encouraged to submit comments.

APA offers new PsycTESTS database
Researchers can access comprehensive repository of psychological tests and measures. 

APA hosts webinar on new Alzheimer’s guidelines
Archived version is available online 

APA co-sponsors events on suicide prevention in military and veteran populations
Three-day effort combines research, practice, and advocacy. 

APA Federal Budget Blog  

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Updates from the Practice Directorate

For more information, contact Rachel Schwartz

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, submitted a comment letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) to include psychologists as providers of behavioral services for obesity

APA is collaborating with representatives of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and NY State Association of Neuropsychologists (NYSAN) to overturn a ban on the use of testing technicians by psychologists

The APA Advisory Steering Committee for the Development of Clinical Treatment Guidelines is seeking nominations of individuals to serve on a panel to develop a clinical treatment guideline for depressive disorders. Nominations are due November 15.

Updates from the Public Interest Directorate

For more information, contact  Tina Wolridge

Inequity to Equity:  Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities

The American Psychological Association (APA), Gallaudet University, and the Howard University Women’s Health Institute, sponsored a major conference, “Inequity to Equity:  Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities,” held in Washington, DC on October 17-18, 2011 to bring much-needed attention to the often-ignored problems women with disabilities face when navigating the current health care system. 

According to the 2000 Census, approximately 26 million women in the U.S. have disabilities, and more than 50% of women older than 65 report living with a disability.  Women have a higher rate of disability than men generally, partly due to their higher average longevity.  According to the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, women with disabilities are significantly more likely than women without disabilities to have limited access to health care, increased prevalence of secondary complications, and diminished quality of life.

With this information in hand, APA’s Women’s Programs Office (WPO) and Office on Disability Issues in Psychology (ODIP) secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to plan a conference.  Recognizing the good work already underway to address strategies for promoting health and wellness of women with disabilities, WPO, ODIP and other planning committee members developed plans for the interdisciplinary Inequity to Equity Conference.  The conference goals included: To educate psychologists and other health care providers on the major barriers to health care confronting women with disabilities and to strengthen the capacity of psychological and health services professionals to provide informed and appropriate health care to women with disabilities.

Homelessness Awareness Week: November 12-20

APA’s Office and Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) will join more than 500 schools, communities, and organizations across the nation in recognizing National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week from November 12-20, 2011. Sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is an opportunity to bring attention to and break down the stereotypes that surround the root causes of poverty at the local, national, and global levels. It is also a chance to explore the ever changing definition of what constitutes “homelessness” in America and highlight the ways in which many fields, like psychology, can make a difference. For more information on how psychologists can play a role in addressing homelessness, please see the Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness.

APA will also host a 9-day campaign on the Twitter page of Dr. Gwendolyn P. Keita, Executive Director of APA’s Public Interest Directorate, will providing information and statistics, as well as links for APA members or the general public to get involved and volunteer during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  Summary fact sheets from the Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness will also be available on the website.