APA's Science Directorate sponsors one Executive Branch Fellow each year. For 2007–08, neuropsychologist Deborah Weber, PhD, worked at the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), which serves as the coordinating office for the Department of Defense's (DoD) counterintelligence activities.
The goals of the Behavioral/Social Science Research Program at CIFA include achieving a better understanding of the motivations of those who commit espionage against the United States and understanding the cultural influences on human behavior. Working within the counterintelligence field, Weber looked at those who engage in behaviors like radicalization and espionage. Given her interest in current events and policy, the fellowship gave her an invaluable opportunity to participate at all levels of research, in addition to assisting other CIFA psychologists.
"Most importantly," Weber says, "I saw how the DoD can effectively use psychological research in the counterintelligence field."
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