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Elevating Psychologists’ Voices: Advocacy and Position Statement Best Practices

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During this webinar, we will review a range of advocacy actions and discuss how to communicate with lawmakers, the process for divisions to devise policy statements, and updates relevant to the division.

Target Audience
  • Psychologists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is to increase knowledge about advocacy work and processes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 2 advocacy techniques.

  • Identify 2 best practices for communicating persuasively with policymakers.

  • Summarize the APA division statement process.

  • Garrison, E. G., DeLeon, P. H., & Smedley, B. D. (2017). Psychology, public policy, & advocacy: Past, present, and future. American Psychologist, 72(8), 737–752

  • Crowley, D. M., Scott, J. T., Long, E. C., Green, L., Giray, C., Gay, B., Israel, A., Storace, R., McCauley, M., & Donovan, M. (2021). Cultivating researcher-policymaker partnerships: A randomized controlled trial of a model for training public psychologists. American Psychologist, 76(8), 1307–1322.

  • Austin O’ Neil, Jessie, Connell, Emma (2019). Evaluating Personal Narrative Storytelling for Advocacy: A Literature Review Prepared for Living Proof Advocacy. Wilder Research & Living Proof Advocacy.

  • Heath, C., & Heath, D. (2008). Made to Stick. Arrow Books.

  • Pink, D.H. (2012) To Sell is Human. Riverhead Books.

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CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by APA Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
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Doris Parfaite-Claude, MPP

Doris Parfaite-Claude is the Director of Grassroots Engagement with APA’s Advocacy Office, where she is charged with growing and strengthening APA’s grassroots network. Prior to that, she served as Federal Advocacy and Research Manager at the ANCOR, working on disability issues. Before that, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for the NALEO Educational Fund on issues including immigration reform and voting rights. Doris has a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in Politics from Brandeis University.

Keith Cooke, MA, CAE

Keith Cooke, MA, CAE, is Communications Manager in the Division Engagement Office of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is also a liaison to Divisions 10-19 and 30-39. Keith has worked at APA for 38 years, including 26 years with the APA Divisions. He received a master’s degree in publication design in 2017 and received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives in 2021.

Erica D. Marshall - Lee, Ph.D., ABPP, ABSMIP

Dr. Marshall-Lee received her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Mississippi, and completed her postdoctoral residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Her areas of research are centered on social justice advocacy and equity, diversity, and inclusion with a specific focus on individuals with serious and persistent mental health concerns and minoritized communities, as well as behavioral healthcare learning. She is interested in addressing physical and mental healthcare disparities with minoritized communities, and culturally competent and responsive care, education, and training. She enjoys promoting mental health and well being, and  social justice, and advocacy through work with her professional affiliations at national, state, and institutional levels.

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