The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), of which APA is a founding member, has begun publishing a series of articles that gives scientists whose research has been the subject of a political attack a chance to answer back. COSSA’s blog, “Why Social Science?” includes interviews with psychologists Kimberley Phillips of Trinity University and Lisa Neff of the University of Texas-Austin.
Dr. Phillips’ research on the effects of exercise on disease progression and cognition in a marmoset model of multiple sclerosis (MS) was ridiculed in an article titled “Take the Monkey and Run,” in the 2015 publication, “The Farce Awakens,” by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Dr. Neff’s National Science Foundation-funded research on age-related changes in how people approach relationship conflicts was the subject of a “wastebook” profile, “Match Dot Com for Seniors” in “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the U.S. Government Dropped the Ball,” by U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).
APA and COSSA staff co-chair the Coalition to Promote Research, which works to defend areas of research, and scientists, from this type of attack. Enjoy these interviews!