Psychology can play a key role in public policy by providing essential knowledge that establishes priorities, improves informed decision-making, and resolves policy differences.

By speaking up to ensure public policies are informed by psychological science and expertise, you can advance the field of psychology, raise awareness of its contributions, and garner funding for essential programs.

Everyday Advocacy

By APA Chief Advocacy Officer Katherine McGuire, MS

Midterm elections will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate and House, and how the states will address issues ranging from taxes and defense policies to pandemic recovery and mental health. Check your states' election websites and ensure you are registered to vote. Then plan to engage not only by voting, but also by encouraging others in your community to vote. Voting is an important way to bring the voice of psychology forward in your communities and ensure it is represented in your elected leaders.

Visit the Psychologist's Guide to Advocacy to learn more about connecting with policymakers.