Science Policy Insider News
Science Policy Insider News (February 2006)Heather O'Beirne Kelly
APA's Public Policy Office (PPO) staff find their Capitol Hill advocacy efforts improve dramatically when they can present legislative staff with clear examples of psychological research's impact on real-world problems.
As noted by increasing lay press coverage, the inappropriate or nonmedical use of prescription medications is a serious public health concern. An estimated 48 million people aged 12 and older, or 20 percent of the U.S. population, have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetimes.
On February 3, the National Advisory Mental Health Council met to discuss a variety of issues of concern to psychological science. NIMH Director Tom Insel began the meeting with an overview of the FY 2007 budget, which would result in a $9 million cut to the institute.
APA Recruits New Science Advocates at SPSP; Taking Human Effectiveness Research to New Heights: APA Science Visits Nellis Air Force Base; Friends of NIDA meets with Board of Advisors; NIMH Council Faces New Budget Climate; After the Doubling- What is the Climate at NIH for Behavioral Research?; Defense Research Funding; Applications Due March 15 for APA Summer Research Fellowships in DoD Counterintelligence