Former Rep. Brian Baird joins APA staff for APLS plenary session

Baird discussed the challenges of being a scientist on Capitol Hill and advocating for the application of psychological science to national problems
APA's General Counsel, Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD, and Science GRO's Heather Kelly, PhD, were pleased to join psychologist and former Congressman Brian Baird, PhD, in Puerto Rico mid-March to discuss the translation of psychological science into public policy at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS, APA's Division 41). Baird retired from Congress in 2011 after serving six terms representing Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives and chairing the House Science Subcommittees on Research and Science Education and Energy and Environment. At APLS, Baird discussed the challenges of being a scientist on Capitol Hill and advocating for the application of psychological science to national problems. Gilfoyle outlined the decision process and strategies behind APA's involvement in amicus briefs, and Kelly urged psychological researchers to be actively involved with the APA Science Government Relations Office's federal advocacy activities.