Dr. Irina Feygina and Dr. Joshua Wolff say the APA Congressional Fellowship opened their eyes to new career possibilities.
Since the program’s founding in 1974, 119 psychol-
ogists have worked on both sides of the aisle, in
both chambers of Congress and in 77 different Capi-
tol Hill offices as APA congressional fellows.
These psychologists have a dual role:
They learn about policymaking and educate
congressional staff and members about
psychology’s contribution to policy.
“The APA Congressional Fellowship is an
important investment in psychology that ensures
that psychologists understand government and
policymaking,“ says program director and former
fellow Judith Glassgold, PsyD. “Fellows gain
critical knowledge about a fundamental force in
psychology and society — government — and
then use this knowledge to advance the field.”
• Drafting major legislation to reauthorize the
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act,
• Overseeing the 1990 passage of the Patient
Self-Determination Act, which required many
health-care entities to provide adult patients with
information on advance health-care directives.
• Participating in passage of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
• Leading efforts to write the teacher training
title of the successful 1998 reauthorization of the
Higher Education Act, which guides the federal
role in postsecondary education.
APA fellows have gone on to top positions at
the Edward Zigler Center at Yale University, the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, the U.S. House Committee on
Education and the Workforce, and the offices of
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Rep. Danny
— MICAH HASKELL-HOEHL
APA’s Congressional Fellowship celebrates 40 successful years