GOVERNMENT RELATIONS UPDATE
APA-FABBS advocacy webinar prepares scientists to lobby Congress on research funding
On Sept. 21, 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) partnered with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) to host a science advocacy training webinar to prepare psychologists to meet with their members of Congress in their district offices during the fall congressional recess.
Psychologists were encouraged to talk to their congressional representatives about the effects of a federal budget sequestration on funding of scientific research. As reported in the APA Federal Budget Blog, the scientific community is deeply concerned about the impact of sequestration, which would cut the budgets of federal science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, by 8.2 percent in January 2013. While APA is concerned about the effects of budget reductions on a broad range of federal programs, this specific training was focused on the sequestration’s impact on science funding.
Participants in the training learned about current threats to federal investment in research; how to effectively communicate the importance of their research to their local district and state and the nation; and the logistics of scheduling and conducting visits with their congressional delegation. The training was provided by Karen Studwell and Heather O'Beirne Kelly of the APA Science Directorate and Paula Skedsvold, Executive Director of FABBS.
An archived version of the webinar is available here.
For additional materials or questions, please contact Karen Studwell, Senior Federal and Legislative Affairs Officer in the APA Science Directorate.