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Office of Applied Psychological Science Virtual Committee

The Office of Applied Psychological Science has established a “virtual” committee to provide advice on new scientific developments and opportunities.

By Stephanie R. Johnson

The Office of Applied Psychological Science has established a “virtual” committee to provide advice on new scientific developments and opportunities. Composed of eight volunteer members with diverse research backgrounds, the committee will help the Office achieve such goals as: 1) Monitor policy and legislation that may impact funding and training for applied psychological science; 2) Keep the applied psychological science community abreast of current and future trends within various areas of applied research (e.g., human factors, industrial/organizational, forensics); 3) Increase the visibility of applied psychological science among APA members as well as the public at large ; 4) Develop training opportunities within applied research for students at all levels.

The committee is termed “virtual” because it is not an officially designated standing or continuing body within the APA governance system. As the committee’s work progresses, such an official status may be sought through the Board of Scientific Affairs.

OAPS Virtual Committee Members and Affiliations:

James Staszewski, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University.

William B. Askren, Ph.D.
Consultant, Editorial Board of Ergonomics in Design

Jack Crossen, Ph.D.

T.K. Logan, Ph.D.
University. of Kentucky

Eric T. Lang, Ph.D.
Defense Personnel Security Research Center

Marcia J. Scherer, Ph.D. MPH
University. of Rochester

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology

The committee held its first tele-conference on September 17th. A number of topics germane to applied psychological science research were discussed including the development of a strategic plan for the OAPS, APA convention programming highlighting the application of psychological science, and the development of a website that provides examples of applied research within psychology. The committee also discussed the “Grand Challenges” initiative being developed by APA President-elect Alan Kazdin that focuses on how psychological science can address current societal challenges. OAPS is expected to play a significant role in the development, execution, and assessment of this presidential initiative.

Updates on the progress of OAPS under the guidance of the virtual committee will be provided in future issues of PSA. If you have any suggestions for OAPS initiatives please feel free to send them to Stephanie Johnson.