APA is committed to promoting psychology by advocating for federal programs that support the interprofessional education and training of psychologists.
Our Workforce Priorities
Developing a Strong Psychology Workforce Matters
Counties with higher concentrations of licensed psychologists enjoy better health
Adults who live in counties with more psychologists tend to report fewer poor mental and physical health days per month, even after controlling for variables such as income and health insurance coverage, according to a county-level analysis.
Counties with more psychologists also have significantly fewer adults who drink excessively or smoke or who have diabetes, obesity or are physically inactive.
The analysis used multiple linear regression and controlled for various demographic, socioeconomic, health insurance-related and environmental variables.
— Datapoint: More psychologists, healthier counties, APA's Center for Workforce Studies
We track federal policy and spending that affect the psychology workforce and advocate for programs that expand people's access to the care psychologists provide.
Recent APA Advocacy on Psychology Workforce Development
We have a tremendous opportunity to help shape the laws and policies that directly affect psychology and the populations we work with. We can make a real difference in our society.
About APA Advocacy
APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.