Science Government Relations Office
The APA Science Government Relations Office advocates in multiple areas to influence policy decisions that advance and preserve the infrastructure of psychological science. One of our primary goals is to educate and empower APA members and psychologists to advocate for the discipline.
Key Policy Areas
APA advocacy efforts related to the process of peer review, ensuring that only those research proposals with the highest scientific merit receive funding from federal agencies.
Federal Research Spending
APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal agencies that support behavioral and psychological research — educating policymakers about its role in innovation and advances in public health.
APA advocacy efforts related to psychological research of the prevention, etiology and treatment of substance use disorders.
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
APA advocacy efforts related to service members, veterans and their families — access to mental and behavioral health care, PTSD, substance use and abuse, brain injuries and psychosocial rehabilitation.
National Institutes of Health
APA advocacy efforts related to NIH, the largest federal funder of psychological research — promoting research projects, influencing policy, and increasing federal funding for behavioral research.
News & Events
- Stand for Science
- APA Federal Budget Blog
Federal budget for FY 2013 is finalized, FY 2014 budget process begins
Science agency budgets caught in debates about federal spending.
Coburn amendment restricts NSF political science funding
Concerns arise about further moves against behavioral sciences.
Diversity workshop report calls for more federal coordination
One of the recommendations calls for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to take a leadership role in coordinating the development of common data and measures.
APA and other groups comment on smokeless tobacco warning labels
FDA sought input and supporting evidence about how changes in the warnings would affect understanding of the risks.
APA member selected for PCORI’s advisory panel on addressing disparities
Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, of Georgetown University will serve on one of PCORI’s new advisory panels, established to help refine and prioritize research questions.
Science Student Council goes to the Hill
APA grad students lobby for NIH, NSF.
PCORI convenes workgroup on obesity treatment options in diverse populations
The all-day meeting included a session for identification and prioritization of key research questions for an upcoming targeted funding announcement.
IOM committee to develop CDC agenda on gun violence prevention research
Congress will decide whether to appropriate funding for the research.
PCORI issues funding announcements for development of a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network
The institute will award up to $68 million for new and existing “clinical data research networks” and “patient-powered research networks.”
CDC seeks new director for the National Center on Health Statistics
The incumbent will provide leadership in the design, development and operation of statistical and information systems that guide the actions of policies to improve the health of the American people.
- Science GRO featured in Washington Post article on VA psychologists
NSF seeks proposals for research in neuroscience and cognitive science
In keeping with President Obama’s neuroscience initiative, NSF is seeking proposals with the potential to transform these areas of research in four broad thematic areas.
APA hosts Lobby Day for Association of VA Psychologist Leaders
Many of the members of Congress chairing full committees and subcommittees on veterans’ issues are new in the roles this session.
APA Government Relations staff meets with Division 19 executive committee
Agenda items included possible effects of the budget sequestration on DoD psychologists and internship applicants and new collaborative efforts underway at DoD and VA in the areas of suicide prevention, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.
- APA's Public Policy Advocacy Network
- APA Science Advocacy Coalitions
- Advancing Psychology: A Psychologist's Guide to Federal Advocacy
- Guide to Advocacy and Outreach
- APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program
- Responding to Attacks on Your Research (PDF, 228KB)
- Psychologists Serving on Federal Advisory Committees
- APA Government Relations Directory
- APA participates in Coalition for Health Funding Hill Day
- APA-FABBS advocacy webinar prepares scientists to lobby Congress on research funding
- APA advocacy training and congressional visits highlight research with chimpanzees
- APA Congressional Testimony (PDF, 71KB) on Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs
- APA Science Leadership Conference participants advocate for research funding on Capitol Hill