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Steven J. Breckler to Join American Psychological Association as Executive Director for Science

Breckler, a social psychologist by training, has over 20 years experience as a psychology professor and science administrator including directing the NSF social psychology and Science of Learning Centers programs. He is the author or co-author of over 60 published or conference papers on topics ranging from attitude development to jury functioning.

WASHINGTON -- Steven J. Breckler, PhD, currently a program director at the National Science Foundation, will join the American Psychological Association (APA) as its Executive Director for Science in mid-April.

Breckler, a social psychologist by training, has over 20 years experience as a psychology professor and science administrator including directing the NSF social psychology and Science of Learning Centers programs. He is the author or co-author of over 60 published or conference papers on topics ranging from attitude development to jury functioning.

"I am thrilled to be joining APA," Breckler stated. "This is a great opportunity for me to use everything I've learned as a researcher, teacher, and Federal grants administrator to promote the science of psychology. APA is unique in its ability to represent all of contemporary psychology. My goal is to advance psychological science in partnership with the Practice, Education and Public Interest Directorates."

In announcing Breckler's hiring, APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, said, "We are fortunate to have someone with the scientific and administrative credentials of Dr. Breckler to lead our Science Directorate. His broad research expertise and his many achievements in academia, coupled with his understanding of the intricacies of Federal research funding and policy, provide the perfect combination of experience for the job. We all look forward to working with him as he crafts a new agenda for psychological science at APA."

Current Acting Executive Director of the Science Directorate, Merry Bullock, also commented concerning Breckler's appointment. "The entire Science Directorate staff is absolutely delighted that Steve will be joining us as Executive Director. His experience in funding, policy and science venues make him a great match for the position, and we look forward to good team work and exciting new directions."

"Dr. Breckler is an outstanding social psychologist with an impressive array of experiences both in academia and at the National Science Foundation," stated Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs. "He has proved to be a leader in many arenas and the Board of Scientific Affairs is delighted that he has agreed to serve psychological science and APA as the new head of the Science Directorate."

Breckler assumes the leadership of the APA Science Directorate, a 24 person and $4 million dollar program, with activities in support of psychological science such as Advanced Training Institutes for mid-career scientists, a science advocacy program and task forces on behavioral genetics, testing on the Internet and research regulations.