APA Member Testifies before the Senate on Defense Research

On Thursday, June 18, APA was given an important opportunity to brief Congress on the value of psychological research sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD).
On Thursday, June 18, APA was given an important opportunity to brief Congress on the value of psychological research sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held its annual “public witness testimony” hearing, allowing outside experts and interested stakeholders a chance to weigh in on the Fiscal Year 2010 DoD budget. APA was offered a testimony slot and called on member Gavan O’Shea, PhD, an industrial/organizational psychologist from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to deliver the APA testimony on Capitol Hill. Dr. O’Shea’s military-oriented research and consulting has focused on issues related to organizational commitment, personnel selection and leadership assessment. Testimony focused on urging the Committee to reverse President Obama’s proposed cuts across the board to defense research for FY10 and on protecting the behavioral science research program at the Defense Intelligence Agency.