APA directorate updates

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Updates from the Science Directorate

For more information, contact Kirk Waldroff

A year of progress: APA works to advance psychology as a STEM discipline
Initiatives in 2011 encompass federal advocacy, public education, multi-disciplinary training, treatment guidelines, and K-12 education.

BSA: Advancing psychological science in a bad economy
Report from the fall 2011 meeting of the APA Board of Scientific Affairs.

A psychologist and two departments receive 2011 APA Distinguished Service Awards
Awards recognize sustained service to the discipline.

APA awards 2011 Meritorious Research Service Commendations
Psychologists recognized for advancing psychological science and its applications.

Announcing the 2011 APA Dissertation Research Award recipients
More than 50 graduate students receive funding for their research.

Winners of 2011 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships are announced
Awards support research by talented students in psychological science. 

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Updates from the Practice Directorate

For more information, contact Rachel Schwartz

Department of Labor releases new FAQs on parity implementation
On November 17, 2011, the Department of Labor – one of the three federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act – released a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) (PDF, 79KB) to help people understand and benefit from the 2008 federal parity law. 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) addresses integration of mental and behavioral health in medical home models
The APA Practice Directorate commended NCQA for these efforts and, during the development phase of these tools, submitted comments recommending specific changes to enhance behavioral health services. 

APAPO supports full hospital medical staff membership for psychologists
APAPO submits comments to CMS regarding requirements for hospital participation in Medicare and Medicaid.

Updates from the Public Interest Directorate

For more information, contact Tina Wolridge

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