APA Public Interest Directorate welcomes new leadership in the Government Relations Office

Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, has joined APA as the new associate executive director and director of Government Relations for Public Interest.

By Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD

Judith M. Glassgold, PsyDThe Public Interest Directorate is extremely pleased to welcome Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, as associate executive director for Public Interest and director of Government Relations for Public Interest. Glassgold, a clinical psychologist, is quite familiar with APA and the Public Interest Directorate, as she was a Catherine Acuff APA Congressional Fellow (2009-2010), served as the chair of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (2007-2009), and was member and chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (1999-2002).

After Glassgold's congressional fellowship she served as a senior policy advisor on Domestic Social Policy to Representative Sander Levin, chair and then ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, working on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. Most recently, she worked for the Congressional Research Service, a legislative branch agency providing nonpartisan authoritative policy analysis exclusively to Congress, as a senior health policy analyst. At the CRS she focused on chronic health, health care delivery, health disparities and mental health. 

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., as a congressional fellow, Glassgold maintained an independent practice in New Jersey specializing in sexual orientation and women's issues. She also was a contributing faculty member at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, where she maintained an affiliation for 20 years teaching courses on diverse populations, women's and gender issues, community psychology and psychoanalysis while supervising student training. Glassgold's scholarly work includes numerous publications and presentations on psychotherapy with LGBT populations and women, including new affirmative approaches to treatment. 

Glassgold has had a long involvement with organized psychology and with APA. She served as president of Div. 44, the Society for Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (2004) and was in leadership positions in her state psychological associations, serving as president of the New Jersey Psychological Association (2008), member and chair of the Ethics Committee, and founding member of the Task Force on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns.