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Psychology in the Public Interest

  Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP (Austen Riggs Center Staff Therapist and APA Division 39 President), has a great post up about her reflection on her recent attendance at the Public Interest Leadership Conference at APA in November 2015. We have cross-posted it below: “Scientists learn a great deal that is of potential value to others but often find it difficult to communicate such knowledge to those who might benefit from it. Although psychoanalysts recognize […]

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Parental Rights Include Disability Equality: A Call to Action for Psychology

By Alette Coble-Temple, PsyD (Ms. Wheelchair California 2015 and Professor, John F. Kennedy University) Becoming a parent is considered a basic human right in our country. However, people with disabilities are often denied this right. It’s 2015, yet people with disabilities continue to encounter legal, medical, and social resistance to becoming parents (Preston, 2012; Coleman, 2002). APA highlighted these gaps in important briefings on parents with disabilities and in adoption […]

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It’s Not Just Us: We Can’t Fight Poverty Without Collaboration

This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Samantha Melvin (Manager, NEED Lab at Columbia University) Great research starts with a spark: a lunge for pen and paper to draw a pathway or outline a study, a midnight dash for statistics software […]

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PI Government Relations 101

By Micah Haskell-Hoehl (Senior Policy Associate, PI-Government Relations Office) A visitor to APA headquarters might walk out the main entrance and wonder about the building’s proximity to the Capitol Dome. If nothing else, it is a fitting reminder of APA’s numerous government relations staff working every day to make connections with Congress and the executive branch in support of psychology. For the Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO), this advocacy […]

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Be Part of the Conversation

By Allen Omoto, PhD (Chair, APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest) Super Storm Sandy and its devastating effects.  The horror of Sandy Hook and subsequent attempts to understand why it happened and how it might have been prevented.  Daily experiences of kids being bullied in schools.  Immigration reform.  Women entering combat roles in the military.  These recent events have captured attention and headlines, and they […]

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Applying Psychological Science, Benefiting Society

By Dr. Gwendolyn P. Keita (Exec. Director, Public Interest) Greetings! Welcome to the Psychology Benefits Society blog – a new initiative from the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest (PI) directorate. I’m Dr. Gwendolyn Keita (call me Gwen) – PI’s Executive Director and I have the honor of writing the inaugural post. So, here goes! Why should the world care about public interest psychology? I believe that psychology has immense power […]

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