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Updates from the Science Directorate

For more information, contact Kirk Waldroff

Three selected for 2011 APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award
Awards recognize scientific achievements of psychology graduate students.

APA Science Boards and Committees: 2012 members
Scientists guide APA’s policies and programs.

Speakers selected for 2012 APA Distinguished Scientist Lectures
Leona Aiken, Warren Bickel, and Howard Rachlin to be featured at regional conferences. 

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Updates from the Practice Directorate

For more information, contact Rachel Schwartz

Comments on essential health benefits rulemaking
The American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization co-authored a January 31, 2012 comment letter (PDF, 65KB) from the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the federal agency’s proposed approach for health benefits rulemaking in state level insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
Transition to the ICD-10-CM: What does it mean for psychologists?
APA is developing a CE course, as well as 2012 Convention programming, to assist psychologists and other mental health providers in preparing for the ICD transition. Additionally, the APA Practice Organization will continue to monitor the revision process for both DSM and ICD and will attempt to highlight important transition points and identify valuable resources for APA members in anticipation of the October 1, 2013 transition date. 
Stress in America town hall and media seen by more than three million viewers
On January 11, 2012, APA’s annual Stress in America survey results were webcast live for the first time in Washington, DC, before a diverse audience of those with a stake in health care reform, including policy experts and representatives of health care organizations, along with reporters. 
Affirming the doctoral standard in West Virginia
APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, sent a letter (PDF, 104KB) to West Virginia Legislature Representative Jim Morgan, chair of the house government operations committee, urging support for the WVPA proposal (PDF, 210KB) requiring a doctorate as the entry level degree for the independent practice of psychology.