APA Science advocates for Veterans Affairs research

Dr. Kelly and other representatives from FOVA urged OMB examiners to maintain a strong investment in the VA intramural research program in fiscal year 2014
Heather Kelly of APA’s Science Government Relations Office and colleagues from the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition met last month with examiners from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss research funding at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although the fiscal year 2013 federal appropriations bills have not yet cleared Congress and a continuing resolution likely will be drafted to fund the government into the next calendar year, APA and other research advocates already are focused on what science funding could look like in the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Dr. Kelly and other representatives from FOVA’s executive committee urged the OMB examiners responsible for the VA section of the administration budget to maintain a strong investment in the VA’s intramural research program. The intramural research program funds psychological researchers and other VA scientists through merit review to conduct cutting-edge work vital to the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans. Later in the month, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Diane Elmore, from APA’s Public Interest Directorate, were invited to give the keynote address at the Boston VA “Psychology Day” training. Drs. Kelly and Elmore urged the VA scientists and clinicians to continue sharing their work within and beyond the VA to ensure the greatest impact.