Meet the Team.


Geoffrey K. Mumford, PhD

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 and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


Dr. Craig Fisher, PsyD

Dr. Fisher advocates for psychological science on Capitol Hill and at the federal science. At the agency level, his advocacy portfolio includes 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. Dr. Fisher is also the Director of the APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship program. Before joining APA, Dr. Fisher was an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, 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


Patricia Clem Kobor, MA

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, serves on the board of the Coalition for Health Funding, and chairs the Coalition to Promote Research, which educates Congress on peer review and defends research from political attacks.


Steve M. Newell, PhD, MMSc

Dr. Newell received a PhD in Social Psychology and a Master of Medical Science degree, with an emphasis on health outcomes and policy, from the University of Florida in 2015 where his work focused on how people perceive and respond to their social environment, the psychological and structural factors that affect the health care process and health outcomes, and promoting evidence-based policy relating to health and social issues.

After graduate school, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders, working on health policy relating to mental health, substance use, infectious diseases, prescription drug affordability, healthcare access, workforce development, and Medicare. He then worked as a Health Scientist in the Office of Science Policy, Planning, Analysis, and Reporting at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, where he coordinated trans-NIH activities, prepared reports to Congress, and planned strategic priorities and policies relating to minority health and health disparities.

In the Science Government Relations Office, Dr. Newell works as a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer on issues relating to the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


Shannon Wood

As the Senior Science Policy Associate, Ms. Wood supports the Science Government Relations team in its communication efforts and is involved in event planning and coordination both at APA headquarters and on Capitol Hill. Shannon represents Science Government Relations in a number of cross-APA activities and initiatives, and previously worked in the APA Public Interest and Practice Directorates. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.