Several convention events will help psychologists and psychology students navigate Capitol Hill policy-making that affects psychology.
Those interested in advocating for their field can, for example, attend the all-day pre-convention workshop "Becoming an effective advocate for psychology," on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The workshop, run by APA Public Policy Office (PPO) staff, also involves Hill visits the next morning on Thursday, Aug. 18. Continuing-education credits will be available.
Another resource for those interested in advocating for the field is the symposium "Perspectives of APA congressional and executive branch fellows on federal policy-making: What's a psychologist to do?" Presenters at the session, held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. and co-chaired by Ellen Garrison, PhD, and Annie Toro, JD, of APA's PPO, include:
Diane L. Elmore, PhD, Office of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
Cynthia Hansen, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Jill Hunter-Williams, PhD, Office of Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.).
Elizabeth Winkelman, PhD, JD, Office of Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
Roberta A. Downing, PhD, Office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Christopher Loftis, PhD, Office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
--COMPILED BY APA'S PUBLIC POLICY OFFICE