Public Interest Government Relations Office
The Public Interest Government Relations Office actively engages in shaping federal policy to promote psychology in the public interest. Issue areas include: aging; children, youth, and families; individuals with disabilities; ethnic minority affairs; HIV/AIDS; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; socioeconomic status; and women’s issues.
News & Events
APA Congressional Briefing Addresses the State of Dementia Prevention
Panel discusses emerging interventions, lifestyle factors, prevention.
Key Health Disparities Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives
Bill impacts many priority areas for APA.
Bill That Improves Employment Opportunities for Individuals With Disabilities Signed Into Law
New law brings changes to Workforce Investment Act and National Council on Disability.
APA Testifies on Guidelines for Assessing Persons with Disabilities
Psychologist addresses issues around culture and parenting by individuals with disabilities.
APA Takes to the Hill to Advance the Minority Fellowship Program
Psychologists and students make the case to their congressional delegations.
- Spring 2014 Activities Report (PDF, 724KB)
Key Policy Areas
Advocacy efforts address mental health care and community-based services, poverty, violence, suicide, elder abuse, caregiver support, and improving psychological services in long-term care.
Children, Youth and Families
Advocacy efforts address child abuse, access to child care and pre-school programs, improving mental health, juvenile justice, and violence prevention.
Ethnic Minority Affairs
Advocacy efforts address improving health and reducing health care disparities, cultural competence, the Minority Fellowship Program, American Indian/Alaska Native health services, and immigration.
Health Disparities and Health Care Reform
Advocacy efforts address reducing health disparities across all populations, health care reform policy, increasing access to mental and behavioral health services, and addressing the social determinants of health.
HIV and AIDS
Advocacy efforts address substance use, mental and behavioral health, addressing stigma, and the effective application of psychology to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Individuals with Disabilities
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, employment protections, addressing stigma, international issues, parents with disabilities, and elementary and secondary education.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Advocacy efforts address stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, health disparities, health data collection and research, violence, bullying prevention and workplace rights.
Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, education, safe and affordable housing, adequate wages, safety net programs and employment laws.
Trauma, Violence and Abuse
APA advocacy efforts related to violence prevention and gun violence include threat assessment, increasing the research base, and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
Advocacy efforts address include addressing postpartum depression, reproductive health, prevention of violence and abuse, and equality in employment and education.