Jumpstarting APA’s Fiscal Year 2011 Support for VA Research

Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered APA's oral testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies.
Steve Breckler testimonyOn March 23 Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered APA's oral testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies.  Science GRO requested an opportunity to present APA’s Fiscal Year 2011 recommendations for VA research funding and research facility renovations during the House Subcommittee’s annual public witness hearing.  Chairman Chet Edwards (D-TX) reiterated the Subcommittee’s support for mental health programs and research at the VA, and was concerned about the VA’s ability to compete as an employer in the marketplace for psychologists.  The testimony followed a recent meeting at APA headquarters with the executive committee of the independent Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL), during which Science GRO presented opportunities for collaboration with AVAPL in support of VA behavioral science research and identified priorities of VA psychologists in the field.  Science GRO will continue to press for increases to the Fiscal Year 2011 VA research budget and for the creation of an account to pay for critical renovations to VA research facilities.