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The primary objective of the Government Relations Committee (GRC) is to engage in legislative advocacy on the behalf of members of DCPA, the profession of psychology, and recipients of psychological services, as well as in areas in which the perspective of psychological science would be relevant. Both federal and local advocacy efforts are undertaken by this Committee. Additionally, the GRC will provide basic training in conducting advocacy to graduate students and psychologists within Washington DC

Current objectives include:

  • Achieving police reform and racial justice in DC
  • Assuring mental health care availability and reimbursement during COVID-19
  • Joining PSYPACT, an interjurisdictional telehealth compact
  • Bringing DC in line with the APA's Model Licensure Act by counting supervision hours prior to internship towards licensure
  • Developing an advocacy training program for DC graduate students and psychologists

Current Statements:

Statement on Executive Order 13950.pdf

GRC Chair:

Jeremy Kozne, PhD

GRC Members:

Francesca Alesi, PsyD
Jojo Hickson, MA
Elyse Mowle, PhD
Michael Ray, MA
Jessica Smedley, PsyD
Krystal Stanley, PhD
Holly Webber, PsyD

If you have questions about advocacy, want to discuss particular legislation, or learn how you can get involved, please contact Jeremy Kozne at jeremy.kozne.phd@gmail.com

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The D.C. Psychological Association (DCPA) works to advance psychology as a source for the promotion of public welfare and human dignity.

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