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Public Interest Staff

  • Amalia Corby-Edwards, MS │ Interim Director, PI-GRO; Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer  
    Responsible for issues related to trauma, violence and abuse; and women's issues.

  • Serena Dávila, JD │ Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer
    Responsible for issues related to ethnic minority issues, aging, immigration and American Indians/Alaska Natives focusing on civil rights and disparities.

  • Sarah Gioia  │ Legislative Assistant
    Coordinates communications efforts, including APA communications, social media and the Federal Action Network

  • Micah A. Haskell-Hoehl │ Senior Policy Associate
    Co-manages the APA Congressional Fellowship. Responsible for issues related to children, youth, and families and criminal and juvenile justice.

  • Leo Rennie, MPA │ Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer
    Responsible for issues related to health disparities, individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual concerns.

  • Gabe Twose, PhD  │ Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer
    Responsible for issues related to poverty/SES/inequality and human rights. Co-manages the APA Congressional Fellowship Program and the Public Interest Policy Scholar Program.

  • Ben Vonachen │ Senior Legislative Assistant
    Responsible for issues related to individuals with disabilities. Organizes advocacy training and Hill visits. Co-manages the Public Interest Policy Scholar Program.

  • Annie Davis, MA │ Public Interest Policy Graduate Intern

  • Tiffany Grimes, MA │ Public Interest Policy Graduate Intern

Education Staff

  • Karen Studwell, JD │ Associate Executive Director for Education Government Relations
    Responsible for authorizing and appropriating legislation and agency relations regarding education and training programs for psychology in the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration including the Graduate Psychology Education Program.

  • Jennifer B. Smulson │ Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer
    Responsible for authorizing and appropriating legislation and agency relations regarding the application of psychology to schools and education including the Higher Education Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as well as mental and behavioral health on college campuses.

  • Alexandra M. Ginsberg │ Legislative and Federal Affairs Associate
    Provides support and coordination for legislative initiatives of the Education Government Relations Office. Assists Education Government Relations staff in tracking legislation and conducting policy-related research.

  • Dana Leinbach | Legislative Assistant
    Provides assistance across the office to improve advocacy communications and staffs several coalitions that support the work psychologists do in schools.

Science Staff

  • Cynthia Malley, MPA │ Science Policy Associate
    Supports the Science Government Relations team with their communication efforts, meeting planning and administration.
  • Geoffrey Mumford, PhD │ Director for Science Government Relations
    Liaison to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Science Foundation (Biological Sciences Directorate), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (human factors research).

  • Craig Fisher, PsyD │ Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer
    Liaison to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) of the Department of Education. 

  • Patricia Kobor, MA │ Senior Science Policy Analyst
    Liaison to National Institutes of Health (NIH) (all institutes except NICHD, NIAAA, NIDA and NIMH), NIH women's health research and NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

  • Heather Kelly, PhD │ Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer
    Liaison to Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Science Foundation (Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate) and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Government Relations Office
Phone: (202) 336-6166
Fax: (202) 336-6063

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