Exciting changes for the Office on Children, Youth and Families

New projects, CYF on Twitter and new regular features including "The Next Generation" and others

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD

Welcome to 2013. The new year brings some exciting changes for the Office on Children, Youth and Families, and the CYF News. We have completed a strategic planning process and will be initiating new projects focused on disseminating psychological knowledge and improving the use of psychology to address fundamental problems for child, youth and family wellbeing.  

As part of that dissemination effort, I am now on Twitter. Please follow me at @DrLaurenGFasig. Dr. Keita, executive director of the Public Interest Directorate, is also on Twitter, at @DrGwenPKeita, so for even more information about psychology in the public interest, follow her too. 

Watch this space in the CYF News for information about APA activities and resources focused on children, youth and families, as well as other relevant special events and projects. You’ll notice other changes in addition to this column. We are adding the following regular features to each CYF News issue:

  • CYF Advocacy Update: Column written by APA Public Interest Government Relations Office staff about federal policy activities addressing issues important to children, youth and families. In this issue, Dr. Kerry Bolger provides information on activities related fair sentencing for youth, psychotropic medications, bullying prevention, mental health services for children and funding issues.

  • The Next Generation: Section written by APAGS members, providing students’ perspectives on themes or issues important to the next generation of children-, youth- and family-focused professionals; highlighting student and early career research;  and summarizing innovative programs, methodology, and theoretical approaches to children, youth and family topics.

  • Children, Youth, and Families Committee Update: Update on the activities of the APA Children, Youth and Families Committee (CYF), and information on upcoming CYF events and projects.

  • Calling All CYF Psychologists: Information on upcoming conferences, meetings and events; calls for submissions and nominations; and links to other resources that may be of interest.

We hope that you will find each issue of CYF News interesting and useful. Please let us know how we are doing, and provide any suggestions you may have for further improving the newsletter. We look forward to your feedback.

Happy New Year,