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APA NAMES SHILLING AS NEW CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Russell D. Shilling, Ph.D., has been named the first chief scientific officer of the American Psychological Association, responsible for leading and implementing the association’s transformational science agenda and advocating for the application of psychological science in settings to include academia, government, industry and the law. 

Shilling, an experimental psychologist, has wide-ranging scientific, policy and administrative experience, including positions within education, the federal government and private industry. He also was a career aerospace experimental psychologist in the U.S. Navy until 2014, when he retired as a captain. He also served as co-chair of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology: Digital Games Group, a national policy team on the use of games in education. Continue reading.


APA ADVOCATES FOR POLICIES THAT BENEFIT CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES

An update from the APA Public Interest Government Relations Office.

2018 has been an interesting and challenging year in the U.S. Congress for federal policies impacting children, youth and families. On a positive note, the share of spending for children did increase slightly from 7.97 percent in FY 2017 to 8.06 percent in FY 2018. Unfortunately, federal investments in children could take a turn for the worst as the budget caps are set to fall by $55 billion in FY 2020. Accordingly, APA will continue to advocate for Congress to develop a budget that raises the caps with parity between defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending to communicate a clear commitment to federal spending decisions that value our nation’s children.

Congress was also able to make encouraging strides in its response to the opioid epidemic and its impacts on children, youth and families. APA worked with key stakeholders in congress to help pass bipartisan opioid legislation which the President signed into law on Oct. 24. Included in the law, are provisions that address trauma by authorizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support state efforts to collect data on adverse childhood experiences in addition to creating a new grant program to increase student access to evidence-based trauma support services. Continue reading.


NCPA RESPONSE TO PITTSBURGH & LOUISVILLE SHOOTINGS

NCPA has released a statement in response to the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and a grocery store in Louisville. Please click here to read the statement.


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