APA Endorses March for Science

Calls on psychologists and allies to participate

Press Release from the American Psychological Association (APA)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 / Contact: Kim I. Mills / (202) 336-6058 / kmills@apa.org

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association has signed on as an official partner of the upcoming March for Science, calling it a demonstration of the importance of science for improving people’s lives and benefiting society.

“We wholeheartedly support the aims of this march, which align with APA’s mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives,” said Howard Kurtzman, PhD, APA’s acting executive director for science. “We encourage all psychologists, psychology students and their allies to join this broad non-partisan effort to support scientific research and the use of scientific evidence for the public good.” The march is slated to take place Saturday, April 22, in Washington, D.C. Satellite marches are expected to occur in other cities.

In a prelude to the march, APA’s science government relations team will offer advocacy training on Friday, April 21, noon EDT, at APA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The training session, “Beyond the March: Advocating for Psychological Science,” will be livestreamed to enable psychologists and graduate students nationwide to participate.  The training will focus on how to communicate effectively with policymakers about the importance of psychological research and evidence-based policy. Topics to be covered include: crafting and delivering messages in support of science, hosting members of Congress and congressional staff at a psychology lab or university department, and scheduling visits with the Washington and local offices of members of Congress.

Details about the advocacy training and other activities being developed around the March for Science will be available on APA’s website. http://www.apa.org/

 

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The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.