Science Leadership Conference

Each year, the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and the Science Directorate host the APA Science Leadership Conference (SciLC). The SciLC provides a venue for psychology's scientific leadership to gather, develop a shared agenda and plan for the future of scientific psychology.

2012

Act Locally: Promoting Psychological Science in Our Academic Institutions and Local Communities

Sept. 27- 29, 2012 │ Washington, D.C.

The theme of our eighth annual SciLC was "Act Locally: Promoting Psychological Science in Our Academic Institutions and Local Communities." The goal of this conference was to develop and share innovative ideas for (a) strengthening research and training in psychological science within our colleges and universities, and (b) increasing the understanding and application of psychological science in the local communities to which we belong.


2012 SciLC Articles
2011

Call to Advocacy: Psychological Science and Substance Abuse

Oct. 22-24, 2011 │ Washington, D.C.

The theme of our seventh annual SciLC was "Call to Advocacy: Psychological Science and Substance Abuse." The goal of this conference was to advocate for sustained funding for substance use research at NIH, DoD and VA, and protection of the NIH peer review system.


2011 SciLC Articles & Photos
2010

Strengthening Our Science: Enhancing the Status of Psychology as a STEM Discipline

Nov. 11-13, 2010 │ Washington, D.C.

The theme of our sixth annual SciLC was "Strengthening Our Science: Enhancing the Status of Psychology as a STEM Discipline." Participants developed proposals for activities that APA and other organizations and individuals can undertake to increase recognition of psychology as a core STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) discipline.


2010 SciLC Articles
APA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology as a STEM Discipline
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2009

Enhancing the Nation's Health Through Psychological Science

Nov. 14-16, 2009 │Washington, D.C.

The theme of our fifth annual SciLC was "Enhancing the Nation's Health Through Psychological Science." The goal of this conference was to advocate for increased federal funding for basic and translational psychological research and training, and ultimately contribute to the development and evaluation of empirically-based interventions to improve health.


2009 SciLC Articles
Advocacy Issues

2008

Designing the Future: Innovations in Knowledge Dissemination for Psychological Science

Oct. 2-4, 2008 │ Tempe, Ariz.

Our fourth annual conference explored the changing landscape of publication and sharing of scientific information and the opportunities available to psychology. Participants were asked to formulate recommendations for new approaches and initiatives for disseminating psychological research to be implemented by APA, academic institutions, publishers, funding agencies and individual scientists. The program of formal presentations and panel discussions addressed topics such as:

  • Implications of the growth of interdisciplinary and translational research for the contents and formats of journals.
  • Open access to publications and data, including the development of academic and government-sponsored research repositories.
  • The impact of new technologies on how scientists access and communicate about research.
  • How scientists’ career stages, research specialties and home institutions influence the ways they contribute to and use publications.
  • The challenge of making research accessible and useful to practitioners, policymakers and the general public.

2008 SciLC Articles
2007

Adventures in Advocacy: Training the Civic Scientist

Oct. 13-15, 2007 │ Washington, D.C.


The theme of our third annual SciLC was "Adventures in Advocacy: Training the Civic Scientist." The event brought together more than 100 psychological scientists conducting research in areas ranging from basic developmental research with non-human animals and cognitive neuroscience, to substance abuse, education, occupational health and clinical research. Though representing such disparate areas of psychology, they all joined together to advocate with one strong voice on behalf of issues central to every scientist: funding for research and support for peer review.


2007 SciLC Articles
2006

Supporting & Advancing the Careers of Scientists

Dec. 1-2, 2006  Washington, D.C.

The theme of our second annual conference focused on supporting and advancing the careers of psychological scientists. The program addressed a broad range of issues within that framework, including attracting and nurturing early career psychological scientists, the changing nature of the academy (e.g., the tenure system), mentoring, as well as many of the challenges currently facing the field, such as IRBs, open access to research publications, federal funding priorities and public attacks on psychological science.


2006 SciLC Articles
2005

The Public Face of Psychological Science

Dec. 2-4, 2005 │ Washington, D.C.

The theme of this inaugural conference is "The Public Face of Psychological Science." The way psychological science presents its results and its value to the public, to policymakers and to research funding agencies is critical to the future of our discipline, and recent events suggest the need to hone our efforts as a collective and as individuals. By bringing together psychologists who are key leaders in science, we can develop a common agenda that will advance psychological science and help secure our future. We know that you will have much to contribute and learn through your participation and your guidance will help shape our future actions.


2005 SciLC Articles
2005 SciLC Reference Articles