Public Policy Update

It may come as a surprise to many psychologists that there are more than 1,000 federal advisory committees and councils that make important policy recommendations each year. These groups advise agency directors, help determine program priorities and in some cases serve as the highest level of merit review before research and service grants are funded.

Each of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health has at least one such council or committee. Likewise, every division at the National Science Foundation and each of the centers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a committee, as do many other federal agencies. An appointment to one of these prestigious committees or councils gives psychologists a significant opportunity to serve the field and the agencies that fund scientific research and mental health services. Such groups often have only one psychologist member, so he or she becomes a de facto ambassador from the behavioral sciences.

The APA Public Policy Office (PPO) salutes these psychologists who give so much of their time to promoting research and services. Visit the PPO Web site at for the most updated list of psychologists on federal advisory committees. PPO seeks to compile a complete list of psychologists serving on committees and councils but is not collecting names of those serving on peer-review committees. If you are a member of a council but not listed, send an e-mail to At Monitor press time, the list was as follows:

National Science Foundation

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee                                                                             Steve Ceci, PhD                                                                                                                                     Cornell University                                                                                                                                     Shari Diamond, PhD                                                                                                                       Northwestern University                                                                                                                                William Hall, PhD                                                                                                                             University of Maryland                                                                                                                                Leila Gleitman, PhD                                                                                                                            University of Pennsylvania

National Institutes of Health

National Cancer Institute, Board of Scientific Advisers                                                                                          David Abrams, PhD                                                                                                                              Brown University/Miriam Hospital 

National Advisory Eye Council                                                                                                                Gordon Legge, PhD                                                                                                                          University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis

National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research                                                                                 Kim Nickerson, PhD                                                                                                                                 APA Minority Fellowship Program

Research Advisers for Ethical, Legal and Social Issues                                                                                        Vivian Ota Wang, PhD                                                                                                                         Arizona State University Tempe                                                                                                                    Kim Nickerson, PhD                                                                                                                                  APA Minority Fellowship Program

National Advisory Council on Aging                                                                                                                    Ilene Siegler, PhD                                                                                                                                       Duke University

National Advisory Committee on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism                                                                   Sandra Brown, PhD                                                                                                                                      University of California, San Diego                                                                                                           Stephanie O'Malley, PhD                                                                                                                            Yale University School of Medicine

National Advisory Council on Child Health and Human Development                                                                Jack Fletcher, PhD                                                                                                                                     University of Texas Health Sciences Center                                                                                                   Frances Horowitz, PhD                                                                                                                            City University of New York                                                                                                                    Jacquelynne Eccles, PhD                                                                                                                      University of Michigan (ad hoc member)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Board of Scientific Counselors                               Richard Lerner, PhD                                                                                                                                   Tufts University

National Institute of Deafness and Communicative Disorders Advisory Council                                                 Patricia D. Cayne, PhD                                                                                                                                  New York, N.Y.

National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse                                                                                                     Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD                                                                                                                   University of Minnesota School of Medicine                                                                                                   Steven Hayes, PhD                                                                                                                             University of Nevada, Reno                                                                                                                              A. Thomas McLellan, PhD                                                                                                                      University of Pennsylvania                                                                                                                          Jose Szapocznik, PhD                                                                                                                             University of Miami School of Medicine

National Advisory Mental Health Council                                                                                                              Susan Folkman, PhD                                                                                                                               University of California, San Francisco                                                                                                           Megan Gunnar, PhD                                                                                                                             University of Minnesota                                                                                                                           Susan Essock, PhD                                                                                                                                    Mt. Sinai School of Medicine                                                                                                                      Larry Squire, PhD                                                                                                                             Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego                                                                                                Karen Dineen-Wagner, PhD                                                                                                                     University of Texas Medical Branch                                                                                                                 Peter Salovey, PhD                                                                                                                                    Yale University

National Advisory Nursing Council                                                                                                             Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD                                                                                                               University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing                                                                                                        Louis Burgio, PhD                                                                                                                                      University of Alabama

Fogarty International Center Board of Regents                                                                                               Sharon Ramey, PhD                                                                                                                                Georgetown University School of Nursing

National Institutes of Health, Office of Women's Health Research Advisory Council                                             Sally Shumaker, PhD                                                                                                                              Wake Forest University                                                                                                                          Bowman Gray School of Medicine

National Institutes of Health, Council of Public Representatives                                                                 Leonard Tamura, PhD                                                                                                                             Lakewood, Colo.

National Advisory Committee for Complementary and Alternative Medicine                                                         Alan Leshner, PhD                                                                                                                                  American Association for the Advancement of Science

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee                                                                                Jean Lau Chin, EdD                                                                                                                                      California School of Professional Psychology                                                                                                    Judith Tellerman, PhD                                                                                                                               University of Illinois College of Medicine

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee                                                                              Pamela Jumper Thurman, PhD                                                                                                                 Colorado State University

Center for Mental Health Services Advisory Committee                                                                                 Timothy A. Kelly, PhD                                                                                                                             Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Advisory Committee for Women's Services                                                                                                  Deborah Jones-Saumty, PhD                                                                                                                   American Indian Associates                                                                                                                        Catherine M. Shisslak, PhD                                                                                                                      University of Arizona College of Medicine                                                                                                     Helen Coons, PhD                                                                                                                                   Women's Mental Health Associates

U.S. Public Health Service

Advisory Committee on Federal Statistics                                                                                                        Vickie Mays, PhD                                                                                                                                   University of CaliforniaLos Angeles

Department of Education

Institute for Educational Research National Board for Education Sciences                                                              Joseph K. Torgesen, PhD                                                                                                                         Florida State University                                                                                                                                    Herbert John Walberg, PhD                                                                                                             University of Illinois at Chicago (emeritus)

Department of Health and Human Services

National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality                                                 Jessie Groman, PhD                                                                                                                                 Center for the Advancement of Health

APA's Public Policy Office puts forward names of qualified psychologists to serve on federal advisory committees and to offer support to appointees. If you have suggestions for names of psychologists, send them (along with the name of the appropriate advisory committee) to