Governance

Advocacy governance index

Advocacy Coordinating Committee

The Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC) whose responsibility shall be to evaluate and prioritize advocacy goals with respect to impact on both the discipline of psychology and the professions of psychologists in scientific, educational, public interest, health service practice and applied practice settings. ACC shall consist of no fewer than 12 members who shall broadly represent all aspects of the Corporation’s diverse membership including disciplinary focus, demographic diversity, student membership, and members at all career stages, and in various employment settings.

Mission and purpose

The ACC is responsible for evaluating and recommending to the Board of Directors biennial advocacy priorities with respect to impact on both the discipline of psychology and the professions of psychologists in scientific, educational, public interest, health service practice and applied practice settings. Within APA/APASI’s newly integrated c3/c6 advocacy model, the ACC is responsible for developing a highly inclusive and transparent input process that recognizes the importance of both long-term advocacy goals and the need for agility in carrying out advocacy priorities in a fast-paced political environment.

Staff liaison

Andrew Ferreira

Manager of congressional and federal relations
Andrew Ferreira 

Members

Sharon Berry

Chair
Sharon Berry, PhD
(2021–23)

Eugene Borgida, PhD

Chair-elect
Eugene Borgida, PhD
(2021–23)

Ayli Carrero Pinedo

Ayli Carrero Pinedo, PhD
(2020–22)

Amanda Dettmer

Amanda Dettmer, PhD
(2021–23)

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD

Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick, PhD
(2021–22)

Chuck J. Hollister, PhD

Chuck Hollister, PhD
(2020–22)

Laura Knudtson

Laura Knudtson, PhD
(2022–24)

Debra Major PhD

Debra Major, PhD
(2021–23)

Jonathan Metzler

Jonathan N. Metzler, PhD, CMPC
(2022–24)

Nadika Paranamana

Nadika Paranamana, MA
(2021–23)

Jessica Smedley

Jessica M. Smedley, PsyD
(2022–24)

William Stoops

William Stoops, PhD
(2020–22)

Erica Wise

Erica H. Wise, PhD
(2022–24)

Board of Directors liaison

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD

APA past-president
Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP

APA Advocacy staff

Katherine Mcguire

Chief advocacy officer
Katherine McGuire, MS

Karen Studwell

Deputy chief advocacy officer
Karen Studwell, JD

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