Education Government Relations Office

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The Education Government Relations Office works on a variety of education-related issues, including pre-K through high school education; undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral education; and federal programs that support the psychology workforce, such as the National Health Service Corps and Graduate Psychology Education Program.

Activities include congressional briefings and testimony, educating psychologists in how to advocate for psychology both locally and nationally, and educating politicians on the contributions of psychology to matters of public policy.

Policy Areas

Early Childhood and K-12

APA advocates for the inclusion of psychological research in education policy to help students, teachers and school districts.

Higher Education

APA advocates for doctoral study in psychology and the application of psychological research to improve student outcomes.

Workforce Development

APA advocates for federal programs that support the interprofessional education and training of psychologists.


  • Karen Studwell, JD, Associate Executive Director for Education Government Relations

  • Jennifer B. Smulson, Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer

  • Alexandra M. Ginsberg, Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer

  • Angela Sharpe, MG, Legislative and Federal Affairs Associate

  • Rosetta Sheehan, Legislative Assistant

Contact Us

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

APA Advocacy

APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. View a full list of APA’s advocacy initiatives.