APA celebrates NICHD's 50th anniversary
APA and the Friends of NICHD hosted a congressional reception and science exhibition on Capitol Hill to celebrate 50 years of research at the Institute
On July 12, APA and the Friends of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (FNICHD) hosted a Congressional Reception and Science Exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute. The event drew more than 200 attendees, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher, nearly 100 congressional staff, and representatives from FNICHD's member societies. Given the breadth of the NICHD portfolio, scientists represented a diverse range of research topics from child development, population research, and economics, to learning disabilities, autism, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jan Neimeier, a psychologist from Virginia Commonwealth University and past-president of APA’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, presented her research evaluating an intervention for TBI. Frances Conners, a psychologist from the University of Alabama, shared her research on language impairment in children with Down syndrome. Congressional Champion Awards were presented to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., for their leadership in improving the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and for supporting federal investments in the National Institutes of Health.