British Psychological Society aims to influence policy more

The British Psychological Society have published their strategic plan for 2015-2020 and it’s good to see that it includes the aim to maximise the impact of psychology on public policy. A great example of psychology influencing policy was the collaboration between psychologists and government after the London terrorist attacks on July 7th 2005, when psychological research and clinical expertise informed the crisis response.

Psychological research spans all areas of human life, and it would be good to see more psychological consultation before policies are decided on. I’d also love to see more direct and proactive comment from the BPS in response to policy decisions which are made.

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