APA hosts Lobby Day for Association of VA Psychologist Leaders

Many of the members of Congress chairing full committees and subcommittees on veterans’ issues are new in the roles this session.

Heather Kelly of the APA Science Directorate’s Government Relations Office (Science GRO) and Diane Elmore of the APA Public Interest Directorate’s GRO coordinated a Capitol Hill Lobby Day for the executive committee of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) on Feb. 28. AVAPL is an independent organization of psychologists who play leadership roles within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and their executive committee members meet annually in Washington, D.C. with APA psychologists, VA Headquarters personnel, Veterans Service Organization representatives and congressional staff. AVAPL and APA GRO psychologists met with staff from House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over VA healthcare and research programs. Many of the members of Congress chairing full committees and subcommittees on veterans’ issues are new in the roles this session. The meetings were critical opportunities both to educate their staff on a variety of VA psychology-related issues and to hear about likely priorities for the congressional committee leaders.

For more information on this issue contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.