APA's Public Policy Office is offering convention-goers several programs that provide a sampling of the work psychologists and others can do to improve policies on mental health, education and homeland security--just to name a few areas.

Working in public policy

Hear first-hand what it's like to work in the federal policy arena at "Opportunities and challenges for psychologists in the public policy arena: perspectives of APA congressional and executive branch fellows," Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. Presenters include:

  • Linda Demaine, PhD, CIA, "Psychology at the CIA."

  • Daniela Ligiero, PhD, Office of Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), "A psychologist's experience on Capitol Hill: empowerment through public policy."

  • Diane Marsh, PhD, Office of Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.),"Giving psychology away: solving social problems with psychological knowledge."

  • Amy Miller, PhD, Office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.), "A developmental psychologist at play in the fields of homeland security."

  • Joseph Muga, PhD, Center for Mental Health Services, "Funding of public mental health services and the implications for psychologists."

  • Nathan Grant Smith, PhD, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, "Translational research, translational policy: the reciprocal relationship of academia and Congress."

  • Patrick Stone, PhD, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, "Taking stock."

  • Ellen Garrison, PhD, APA Public Policy Office, chair.

Invited addresses

The Public Policy Office will sponsor two invited addresses by federal officials followed by a conversation hour with them.

  • Indian Health Service Director and Assistant Surgeon General Charles W. Grim, DDS, will give an invited address on "American Indians and mental health," Friday, July 30, 9 a.m.

  • Charles G. Curie, administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services, will speak on "Transform-ing the mental health system," Friday, July 30, 10 a.m.

A conversation hour with Grim and Curie will follow the Friday morning addresses at 11:30 a.m. in the Public Interest Suite.

Faith-based approaches

Denis Nissim-Sabat, PhD, senior policy analyst in APA's Public Policy Office, will chair a symposium, "Faith-based approaches: research, clinical and public policy." At the session, Nissim-Sabat will also present on "Faith-based approaches and public policy." The symposium is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 31, at 1:30 p.m.

Preserving scientific integrity

Karen Studwell, JD, senior legislative and federal affairs officer in APA's Public Policy Office, will discuss the office's response to congressional attacks on behavioral research in a symposium titled "Supporting scientific integrity and freedom in behavioral health research," on Saturday, July 31, at noon. The symposium is sponsored by Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) and will feature scientists whose research was targeted for de-funding by Congress in 2003.