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APA presented Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Awards at ELC to two psychologists and a congressional aide for their commitment to advancing education and training in psychology:

• APA President James H. Bray, PhD, won the Grassroots Award, which recognizes a member of APA's Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators Grassroots Network. Bray is a founding member of the FEDAC grassroots effort and has been involved with education advocacy since the early 1990s.

"Over these many years, he has never hesitated once to respond to requests for help with finding constituents or coming to Washington to meet for important hill visits," said Louise Douce, PhD, chair of APA's Board of Educational Affairs.

Charles Brewer, PhD, a psychology professor at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., won the APA Member Award for Advocacy for regularly visiting Capitol Hill on psychology's behalf and for persuading other psychologists and students to become advocates.

"Dr. Brewer has been a stalwart supporter of education advocacy in every way possible," said Douce.

Abigail Pinkele, a legislative assistant to Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), won the Friends of Psychology Award for her work to ensure psychology and other behavioral health-care professions are included in health-care reform legislation and for her support of the Graduate Psychology Education Program.

 

Education Leadership Conference

From October 3-6, psychologists representing various aspects of psychology education gathered in Washington, D.C., for the eighth annual Education Leadership Conference, sponsored by APA's Education Directorate and Board of Educational Affairs. With the theme of "Preparing Tomorrow's Health Workforce," participants discussed interprofessionalism, the role of community colleges and academic health centers in psychology education and training, and visited Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers about psychology-friendly legislation.