William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Congressional Fellowship

The purpose of this fellowship is to provide psychologists with interests in health and behavior issues, including HIV/AIDS, health disparities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health issues, with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government.

Sponsor: Government Relations


This fellowship was established jointly by APA and the American Psychological Foundation in 1995 to honor former APA staff member William A. Bailey for his tireless advocacy on behalf of psychological research, training and services related to HIV/AIDS. Applicants for this fellowship should have a background in health and behavior issues, including HIV/AIDS; health disparities; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health issues. Fellows spend one year working on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. Fellows also attend a two-week orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which provides guidance for the congressional placement process, and participate in a yearlong seminar series on science and public policy issues. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) administers these professional development activities for the APA fellows and for fellows sponsored by over two dozen other professional societies.

APA will sponsor up to one William A. Bailey Congressional Fellow for a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend ranges from $75,000 to $90,000, depending upon years of post-doctoral experience. In addition, APA provides reimbursement for health insurance coverage and a $3,750 stipend is available for professional development and relocation expenses during the fellowship year. Final selection of fellows will be made in early spring of 2014.

William (Bill) A. Bailey championed HIV/AIDS and lesbian, gay, and bisexual policy issues for the APA as a member of the Public Policy Office staff. Among his many accomplishments, Bailey oversaw the development of a major report on behavioral and social sciences and the HIV/AIDS epidemic for the National Commission on AIDS, participated in the planning of an APA training program for psychologists who serve HIV-infected clients, facilitated the development of the AIDS community prevention programs supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, forged collaborations between several government agencies to support the HIV/AIDS mental health services demonstration program, and successfully advocated for National Institute of Mental Health funding for research on anti-gay violence. An openly gay man who died from AIDS at the young age of 34, his legacy is one of great personal and professional strength.

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