Meet the Team.

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Geoffrey K. Mumford, PhD

Geoffrey K. Mumford, PhD, is the Associate Executive Director for Government Relations in the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Mumford received his PhD in pharmacology in 1991 from Emory University and completed post-doctoral training in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1993, after which he joined the faculty of the Division of Behavioral Biology in the Department of Psychiatry. In 1996, he accepted a science policy position at APA headquarters in Washington, DC, and in 2000 he was appointed to direct the science policy staff.

He currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Government Relations. In this capacity, he has served continuously as APA’s liaison to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

 
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Dr. Craig Fisher, PsyD

Craig Fisher, PsyD, is a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer at the American Psychological Association.

He advocates for psychological research through his role as a liaison to the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Before joining APA, Dr. Fisher was an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Legislative and Public Affairs where he engaged key stakeholders about NSF-funded basic research, particularly in social and behavioral science.

Previously, Dr. Fisher worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in independent private practice in Northern Virginia and at George Mason University's Counseling and Psychological Services where he specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with anxiety disorders.

 
   

Heather O’Beirne Kelly, PhD

Heather O’Beirne Kelly, PhD was an undergraduate psychology major at Smith College and worked in non-profit development before receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 1998.  Dr. Kelly completed her clinical residency at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC.  Dr. Kelly’s research background focused on the areas of adolescent social development, child sexual abuse, and adolescent dating violence, and as a therapist she worked primarily with children and families.  

She has worked in her current position as Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer with the American Psychological Association in its Science Government Relations Office since 1998.  In this role, Dr. Kelly advocates for behavioral science on Capitol Hill and in the federal agencies and runs APA’s Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program.  Within her specific advocacy portfolio are the psychological research programs within the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Kelly serves as the APA lead on clinical and scientific policy issues affecting military and veteran populations.

 
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Patricia Clem Kobor, MA

Patricia Clem Kobor, MA, is Senior Science Policy Analyst in the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association. Ms. Kobor received her MA in Legislative Affairs in 1987 from the George Washington University. She joined APA in 1990 after seven years on the Washington legislative staff of U.S. Rep. Ben Erdreich (D-AL).  On Capitol Hill, Kobor was responsible for a broad range of issues including health and aging.

In the Science Government Relations Office Ms. Kobor is current liaison to many of the NIH institutes and offices, including the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. She coordinates APA’s legislative work on the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill and co-chairs two coalitions with staff from the Consortium of Social Science Associations: the Coalition to Promote Research and the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

 

Cynthia Malley, MPA

Cynthia Malley is the Science Policy Associate for the Science Government Relations Office of the American Psychological Association and is in her second year with the APA. As the Science Policy Associate, Cynthia supports the Science Government Relations team with their communication efforts and is involved in meeting planning and administration. Cynthia received a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Applied Politics from American University School of Public Affairs in May of 2014, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2009.