Activities of the Center

The APA Center for Psychology and Health designs, implements, tracks and evaluates activities in four areas: Education and training, advocacy, public education and outreach, and member communications. Such activities include:

Education and Training

Advocacy

Federal Advocacy
  • Advocate for the implementation of health care reform provisions (PDF, 108KB) to enhance the inclusion of psychologists on interprofessional health teams in primary care, to promote prevention and wellness initiatives and geriatric and pediatric health professions education and training programs, and to eliminate health disparities.
  • Lobby for adequate funding for psychological services, training and research programs at federal health and related agencies, both individually and in concert with other organizations, such as the Coalition for Health Funding and the Mental Health Liaison Group.
  • Partner with federal agencies on initiatives to provide psychological services to at-risk populations and to advance the applications of behavioral and social science research to serious diseases.
  • Identify and overcome Medicaid barriers for psychological service delivery and health and behavior services.
  • Advocate for appropriate reimbursement for psychological services — mental health, health and behavior, and integrated team Current Procedural Terminology codes — by public and private sector payer systems.
  • Improve behavioral health data in electronic health records with broader federal incentives.
  • Convene international conferences with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, together with the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, that exhibit psychology's contributions to improving the health and safety of workers.
  • Collaborate with other public health organizations to make the case for the application of psychological science to inform the regulatory actions of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Exercise leadership roles in interprofessional health advocacy coalitions.
  • Nominate psychologists for key federal and Institute of Medicine advisory panels related to health care services, training and research.
State Advocacy
  • Advocate for access to psychological services in state health care reform policies and programs, including through participation in state health care reform summits.
  • Offer grants to state, provincial and territorial psychological associations from the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice to support their legislative efforts to advance access to psychological services at the state level.
  • Support states in their efforts to address state corporate practice of medicine statutes that prevent psychologists from partnering with physicians in integrated health care systems.
  • Provide an online community for APA members that serves as a central hub for resources, fosters the partnership between APA and state psychological associations, and supports state-level initiatives.

Public Education and Outreach

Member Communications

  • Via APA's publishing program — produce scholarly products and publish research to assist members in acquiring skills needed to work on interdisciplinary health care teams.
  • Use ongoing member communications vehicles of APA and APAPO to offer information and resources to assist members in acquiring skills needed to work on interdisciplinary health care teams and to engage in federal and state advocacy in support of health care reform activities.
  • Develop communications to support and publicize APA's Clinical Practice Guidelines initiative, with its initial focus on PTSD, obesity and depression. The initiative includes fostering relationships with other organizations and entities, and developing educational materials for panel members and others.