Psychologist on detail to the White House meets with APA staff on science issues

Philip Rubin has been detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Psychologist and APA Fellow Philip Rubin has been detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as the assistant director for social, behavioral and economic sciences. Rubin also will serve as a senior advisor at the National Science Foundation in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, where he previously was Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. Rubin returns to Washington, D.C., on leave from his role as chief executive officer and senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Conn. Rubin met this month with APA’s Norman Anderson, PhD (CEO), Steven Breckler, PhD (executive director for science), Howard Kurtzman, PhD (deputy executive director for science) and Heather O’Beirne Kelly, PhD (senior legislative and federal affairs officer) to begin discussions regarding behavioral issues of interest to the White House. Throughout the tenure of recent Administrations, APA has worked with key staff at OSTP on issues relevant to psychological science, ranging from scientific infrastructure and the protection of the peer review process to the inclusion of the social and behavioral sciences in federal programs.