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.

On Feb. 20, APA’s Science and Public Interest government relations staff met with the executive committee of Division 19, the Society for Military Psychology, during the committee’s annual mid-winter meeting in Alexandria, Va. On the agenda were updates on APA’s advocacy activities relevant to psychological science and mental health promotion within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 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. Science government relations staff also outlined current advocacy efforts to encourage Congress to loosen overly-restrictive travel restrictions for federal employees, which have impeded the VA’s and DoD’s ability both to train psychologists quickly and thoroughly and to ensure that research findings are effectively shared with clinical providers responsible for the care of military personnel and veterans.

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