This year’s APA Science Leadership Conference explored new ways to promote
psychological science within academia and the broader community.
BY REBECCA A. CLAY
Encouraging psychological scientists to get the word out about psychology’s value and work with local communities to enhance the public good was the goal
of APA’s eighth annual Science Leadership Conference. “Act
Locally: Promoting Psychological Science in Our Academic
Institutions and Local Communities” was the theme of the
meeting, which was held Sept. 27–29 in Washington, D.C.
“Our goal is to develop ideas for strengthening and
advancing psychological science, not only within academic
institutions but also within the communities in which we
live,” said Science Directorate Executive Director Steven J.
Breckler, PhD. “Much of APA’s work is done at the national —
even international — levels, but recently, we’ve been hearing
from more psychologists who are concerned about the role of
psychology at the regional and local levels.”
Dr. Jason Q. Purnell
Dr. Anna S. Lau