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APA Science Policy Highlights Value of Research to Military Operations

Heather Kelly
APA Public Policy Office

Dianne Maranto
APA Science Directorate

APA Science Advocacy Training Workshop Focused on Military Research

Bill Howell (left) moderated presentations at the briefing; Howard Weiss (right) presented military families research

APAs Public Policy Office convened its 11th annual Science Advocacy Training Workshop at the end of September, bringing in 14 distinguished researchers to focus on Psychological Science and the Military. Following intensive training in federal legislative process and effective communication with Congress and the media, the psychologists talked with Susan Chipman, PhD from the Office of Naval Research. The group developed a briefing sheet on behavioral science funding within the Department of Defense (highlighting substantial cuts to this program in Fiscal Year 2004), which they used while advocating for increased support in Fiscal Year 2005 during meetings with their congressional delegations on Capitol Hill. 

Scientists with expertise including I-O psychology, human factors, and psychobiology, were James Callan (Pacific Science & Engineering, Inc.), Janis Cannon-Bowers (University of Central Florida), Nancy Cooke (Arizona State University), William Howell (Arizona State and Rice Universities), Dennis Kowal (IDA), Gerald Krueger (Wexford Group International), Sandra Marshall (San Diego State University), Kevin Murphy (Pennsylvania State University), Michael Paley (Aptima, Inc.), Elaine Pulakos (Personnel Decisions Research Institutes, Inc.), Karlene Roberts (University of California, Berkeley), William Strickland (Human Resources Research Organization), Jennifer Vendemia (University of South Carolina), and Stephen Zaccaro (George Mason University). 

APA Science Cosponsored Congressional Briefing with Senator John McCain 


Kevin Murphy dons chemical protective suit, demonstrating one of the products human factors psychologist Gerald Krueger presented. 

In conjunction with the Science Advocacy Training Workshop, APA co-sponsored a congressional briefing on September 29th with the office of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) titled Psychological Science in Support of the Soldier. In his roles as chairman of the Senates Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, member of the Armed Services Committee, and former Naval officer and POW, Senator McCain is a strong supporter of defense research on Capitol Hill. His staff provided the Commerce Committee hearing room for the briefing, which was designed to educate congressional defense staffers on the vital contributions of psychological research to our military and national defense. Three APA members, Gerald Krueger (Wexford Group International), Robert Roland (Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University), and Howard Weiss (Purdue Universitys Military Family Research Institute) presented research on human factors issues in designing infantry suits, operational research on prisoners of war, and military family issues related to service member recruitment and retention. William Howell (Arizona State and Rice Universities, former chief scientist for human resources for the U.S. Air Force, and former APA executive director for science) moderated the panel and offered a vision for future human-centered research within the military.


Psychologists who participated in the science advocacy workshop for Hill visits in support of funding for psychological research.


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