APA’s summer science fellows join the science GRO for policy day

Science GRO staff discussed how psychologists can advocate for the scientific discipline
On July 9, APA’s twelve Summer Science Fellows took part in a Policy Day organized by APA’s Science Government Relations Office (GRO). The accomplished undergraduate students were selected to spend six weeks in an intensive training program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, working with some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area. Science GRO staff gave an overview of the office’s goals and activities and discussed how psychologists can advocate for the scientific discipline and use their expertise to educate policy makers at the federal, state and local levels. The fellows then embarked on a tour of the U.S. Capitol and visited the offices of their home districts’ Congressional representatives. A highlight of the day was a meeting with Ruth Friedman, PhD, deputy director of education policy for the House Committee on Education & Labor (and a former APA postdoctoral Congressional Fellow). Friedman shared her career path and her experiences as a psychologist working on the Hill. Ideally the fellows will finish their summer training not only with new research skills but also an increased understanding of psychologists’ roles in public policy. For more information on APA’s Summer Science Fellowship program, please visit the SSF program’s webpage.