Science Advocate Network: 900 Members and Growing

In only its second year, the APA Science Advocate Network (SAN) has proved to be an effective vehicle for grassroots advocacy for psychology. As legislative events begin to unfold in the 105th session of Congress, APA s ability to generate constituent letters, calls, faxes, and e-mail to Congress is critical. With new chairs and staff on important congressional committees and subcommittees, there is a continuing need to educate members and their staffs on the importance of federal support for behavioral science.

At this time, 900 people belong to SAN and receive timely information updates and action alerts. These notices have enabled SAN members to correspond with their senators and representative to voice their concerns on issues relevant to scientific psychology.

By completing the sign-up form on the opposite page, you will be informed of ongoing legislative and regulatory issues of importance to behavioral science. You will also be notified when calls and letters to your Washington representatives are most needed.

How could your involvement make a difference? Here is just one example--At the end of the summer, the Senate was preparing to vote on the Family Privacy Protection Act. This bill would have undermined research efforts to determine the risk to children and youth posed by violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors. Thanks in part to the high volume of calls and letters that senators received from constituents, the bill was never slated for a vote and died at the end of the session. The action of the social science community helped to thwart the passage of this threatening legislation.

Behavioral science is likely to face new threats in the days ahead as Congress renews debate on ways to balance the federal budget. The value of a grassroots response in mustering support for psychology will be more important than ever. Please join your colleagues in supporting APA s advocacy on behalf of science.

To sign up for the Science Advocacy Network, use the signup form on the web at

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