GRO staffer urges graduate students to be active advocates for research

APA’s Heather Kelly was invited to speak with the University of Virginia’s community psychology graduate students and faculty about science advocacy
On Oct. 2, Heather Kelly of APA’s Science Government Relations Office (Science GRO) was invited to speak with the University of Virginia’s community psychology graduate students and faculty about science advocacy. Dr. Kelly’s guest seminar focused on how psychological scientists should and can be more active in promoting the results of their research in policy settings at the local, state and federal levels. “Fortunately, this department thinks of advocacy in the same way that we do at APA,” said Kelly. “Advocacy is an extension of our more traditional forms of research dissemination, and one that becomes an absolutely critical part of professional work when a scientist receives federal funding from taxpayers and/or is engaged in community-based scholarship. We owe those who have participated in and sponsored our research tangible feedback on what we have learned.” Dr. Kelly and her Science GRO colleagues are happy to provide interactive workshops and presentations tailored to university or organizational interests in psychological science, public policy and the federal political arena.