Be an Advocate for Psychology

How to Speak Up for the Issues That Matter to You
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You Can Make a Difference

Taking part in the political life of our country is a right and privilege exercised by too few Americans. Your special training and expertise in psychology uniquely qualify you to contribute to the development of federal policies and programs and to the reshaping of political attitudes toward psychology. 

Members of Congress and their offices receive million of letters, emails and phone call every year. And, believe it or not, they really do want to know what is important to their constituents. The following tips will help you organize your thoughts and present a concise and persuasive message to your senator or representative.

The Psychologist's Guide to Advocacy

Can one person's advocacy change the world?

The public policy challenges that our society faces are extremely complex. Understanding and resolving these challenges require the best available information to analyze issues, clarify concerns and identify policy solutions. 

Psychology can play a key role in public policy by providing essential knowledge that establishes priorities, improves informed decision-making and resolves policy differences. You can speak up to ensure public policies are informed by psychological science and expertise. Here's how. 

Additional information is available in the downloadable version of this guide: "A Psychologists' Guide to Federal Advocacy" (PDF, 2.1MB).

Advocacy Training

Dig into the details of effective advocacy with this one-hour training

Beyond the March: Advocating for Psychological Science

On April 21, 2017, APA live-streamed this advocacy training prior to the March for Science. Speakers cover the importance of advocacy and how to be an effective communicator with your legislators long beyond the March for Science itself.

"Be the smart, unbiased scientific resource who can help your senators and representatives understand the vital role of federal investments in science and set evidence-based policies based on the results of research," says Heather Kelly, PhD, director of military and veterans health policy at APA.

Your special training and expertise in psychology uniquely qualify you to contribute to the development of federal policies and programs.

Download the Guide

Learn more about the process behind federal legislation and policy & how to effectively voice your concerns with members of Congress.

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APA's Federal Action Network keeps you updated on legislative issues critical to psychology. Stay informed on issues that matter to you.

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APA Government Relations

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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. 

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