More Than 100 Psychological Scientists Seek Support for Research on Capitol Hill

As part of APA’s 5th Annual Science Leadership Conference (SciLC), more than 100 psychological scientists reached out to nearly 160 Members of Congress from 31 states to educate them.
On November 16th, as part of APA’s 5th Annual Science Leadership Conference (SciLC), more than 100 psychological scientists reached out to nearly 160 Members of Congress from 31 states to educate them about the importance of sufficient funding in Fiscal Year 2011 for the National Institutes of Health, the importance of protecting the peer review process from political interference, and the need to include behavioral interventions in health care reform legislation aimed at increasing comparative effectiveness research. The previous day, participants also heard about the broader federal science policy agenda from executive branch officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. More information about the SciLC will be featured in the January edition of the Psychological Science Agenda.