Government Relations Offices
Education Government Relations Office
Part of APA's Education Directorate. Seeks to increase federal support for psychology education and training and to promote the application of psychology to education and training.
Public Interest Government Relations Office
As part of APA's Public Interest Directorate, PI-GRO advocates at the federal level to apply psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society.
Science Government Relations Office
Part of APA's Science Directorate. Seeks to advance and preserve the infrastructure of psychological science.
APA Affiliated Organizations
APA Practice Organization (APAPO)
A 501(c)(6) organization that is separate from APA. Advocates on behalf of practicing psychologists and consumers of psychological services in areas such as insurance parity, privacy (HIPAA), and prescription privileges.
Education Advocacy Trust
A functionally autonomous part of the 501(c)(6) organization that was established to support education advocacy issues, such as Graduate Psychology Education Program funding, and mental health on college campuses.
APA Advocacy Issues
- Children, Youth and Families
- Community Health Centers
- Criminal and Juvenile Justice
- Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education
- Ethnic Minority Affairs
- Federal Program Spending
- Federal Research Spending
- Graduate Psychology Education
- Health Disparities
- Human Rights
- HIV and AIDS
- Individuals with Disabilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
- Media and Children
- Mental and Behavioral Health Care
- Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
- National Health Service Corps
- National Institutes of Health
- Peer Review
- Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
- Public Access to Scientific Articles
- Substance Abuse
- Trauma, Violence and Abuse
- Women’s Issues
- Workforce Development
Follow APA's Federal Action Network's current action alerts for updates on important legislative issues critical to psychology.
APA's guide to advocacy and outreach includes:
APA Congressional and Executive Branch Science Fellowship Programs offer members the opportunity to spend one year as a special assistant with a member of Congress or congressional committee on Capitol Hill or with a federal agency.