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APA welcomes new congressional policy fellows 

Learn more about our new psychology fellows working on Capitol Hill and consider becoming an APA Executive Branch Science Fellow or Congressional Fellow.
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American Psychological Association. (2020, October 16). APA welcomes new congressional policy fellows.


APA’s congressional fellowships are one-year placements in Washington, D.C, that enable psychologists to gain invaluable public policy learning experience, contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government on Capitol Hill.  We are pleased to welcome our two new fellows for 2020–21:

  • Jonathan S. Beier, PhD, a developmental psychologist, received his doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2008. Beier’s current focus is in evidence-based policies that promote children’s well-being and address health and educational disparities. Beier is the 2020-2021 Jacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellow, which is funded by the American Psychological Foundation. Beier’s fellowship placement is in the office of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR.
  • Brian Davis, PhD, a critical social and personality psychologist, received his doctoral degree from the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2019. Davis recently completed a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship at Osaka Prefecture University, where he investigated experiences of minority stress among sexual and gender minority public school teachers. Davis is the 2020-2021 APA Congressional Fellow whose placement is in the office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN.

Want to become an APA fellow? Applications are now open for APA’s Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program and Congressional Fellowship Program for 2021-2022. The deadline is Jan. 4, 2021.

For more information, contact Craig Fisher, PsyD, or Aaron Bishop, MSSW.