Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
January 2009

Science Policy Insider News (January 2009)

Economic Stimulus Legislation Advances in Congress—Includes Research Funds

Flag in front of US Capitol

As this issue of SPIN goes to press, economic stimulus legislation is moving through the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Psychological Science Highlighted at NICHD Council

The January 22 meeting of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council provided a platform for discussion of the contributions of psychological science to the institute’s mission.

Psychologist in Congress Takes Helm at Energy Subcommittee

The House Science Committee announced its new roster of Subcommittee Chairs and Members.

Next Friends of NIDA Briefing to Focus on Criminal Justice Portfolio

The Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) held its first Executive Committee meeting of 2009 at APA headquarters and discussed plans for the 12th in a series of educational briefings on Capitol Hill.

Coalition Meets with VA’s Chief Research and Development Officer

SGRO’s Heather Kelly sits on the FOVA Executive Committee, which was invited to meet with Dr. Kupersmith and his VA Headquarters staff to discuss the status of the VA’s intramural research program.

Psychological Science Informs Deployment of Healthcare Information Technology

A report released January 9 finds current efforts to deploy health care information technology lacking and suggests success will only be achieved if computer science and health/biomedical informatics researchers place greater emphasis on providing cognitive support for health care providers and for patients and family caregivers.

APA Well-Represented at NIDA Conference on Substance Abuse, Military and Veterans

SGRO took part in a recent conference sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse focused on “Addressing Substance Abuse and Comorbidities Among Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families: A Research Agenda.”