Psychology: Science in Action is a facet of APA’s public education campaign aimed at illustrating the breadth and depth of psychology and the variety of settings in which psychologists work, including research, education, clinical and organizational settings.

Psychology: Science in Action

The science and the application of psychology can be seen in every aspect of daily life. Psychological science is critical to solving many of society’s most pressing challenges.

Psychology: Science in Action aims to demonstrate how psychologists use empirical research to benefit society and improves lives. This educational campaign illustrates the breadth and depth of psychology and the variety of settings in which psychologists work.

Under the campaign umbrella, APA is providing real-life examples of psychological science in action. Resources, including videos, posters, fact sheets and stories about psychologists, showcase the impact psychology has across all aspects of our lives, from business and education to health, environment and public service.

Psychology Science Resources

Psychologists in Action

Solving Problems Through Team Training

By replicating decision-making scenarios in high-stakes environments, I/O psychologist Eduardo Salas, PhD, is learning how and why mistakes happen. He uses real-world simulations to identify how teams make decisions under stress, and then uses research-based methods to improve team coordination.

Changing Habits, Changing Lives

Health psychologist Deborah Tate, PhD, studies people’s lifestyle choices to find out what it takes to get people to adopt healthier behaviors that can help prevent chronic disease. Her research focuses on improving weight-loss strategies and explores ways technology can help more people benefit from proven psychological interventions.

Keeping the Roads Safe

Cognitive neuroscientist David Strayer, PhD, studies how the brain processes information to better understand what causes driver distraction. By determining what takes our attention off the road, he’s helping to develop regulatory policies that keep us safer behind the wheel.