Why Advocate?

Psychologists and psychological scientists have a rich history of being engaged in federal education policy development that the American Psychological Association continues to pursue across our advocacy. We engage our members in efforts to educate policymakers in Congress and the Administration about the relevance of psychological research to federal education policy as well as ensure that doctoral study in psychology is supported by federal investments in research and clinical training.  Whether providing mental health services in schools, teaching in the classroom or running a research lab at a university, psychologists need to speak with one voice to better inform public policy debates about a range of education policy issues. At APA’s Education Government Relations Office, we are here to assist you in advocating for the discipline of psychology and the improvement of the continuum of education outcomes, from early childhood through postdoctoral study. So why advocate?

Video courtesy of APA’s Science Directorate 

About the Author

Karen Studwell, JD
Karen is the Associate Executive Director of Government Relations for the Education Directorate. Prior to joining the Education Directorate, she worked for 12 years in the APA Science Directorate as a Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer. Karen leads APA’s federal advocacy agenda for graduate psychology education and training, focusing primarily on expanding federal support for programs within the Health Resources and Services Administration. She has been recognized for her work by both APA, receiving the APA Employee Service Award in 2004, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which honored her with the Distinguished Service on Behalf of Social-Personality Psychology Award. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and her law degree from Seattle University.