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Call for Rosenblum Fellowship for Advocacy Training Applications

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The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) is inviting applications for the 2020-2021 Eleanor Rosenblum Fellowship in psychology and public policy. The Rosenblum Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn the processes by which public, social, and mental health policy are created. The program offers active participation in MPA advocacy on several levels, both within and beyond the organization itself. By studying the interface between psychological knowledge and social issues, and by having direct experience with legislative, political and policy-making procedures, the Rosenblum Fellow will be in a position to take an active role in the future leadership of the profession of psychology.
Scope of Fellowship
The goal of the Fellowship is to learn about advocacy, legislative issues, and public policy as it relates to professional psychology. The Rosenblum Fellowship will enable the candidate to observe and participate in the Association's governance process. To this end, the Fellow will attend Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee meetings, join the Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC), and observe and participate in legislative hearings and lobbying activities. The Fellow is also invited to attend additional relevant committee and staff meetings, and to observe and participate in legislative hearings and lobbying activities, as time allows and determined by MPA. The Fellow will have the responsibility for a specific research project or advocacy activity to be completed by the spring 2021, and will take an active role on the Association's Public Issue Review Committee (PIRC) by preparing statements on those public/social issues the committee approves to move forward with on behalf of the Association. The Fellow will also submit a year-end report describing his/her activities to be presented to the MPA Board of Directors and published on the MPA website.  For information about the training provided, click here. 
Terms of the Fellowship
The Fellowship will run from October 2020 to June or July 2021 (there is some flexibility) with a 5 hour per week time commitment. The Association will provide a Fellowship stipend of $1,500. Parking or other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, with advance approval of MPA's Executive Director.
Requirements for Candidacy
MPA encourages applications from candidates in marginalized and/or under-represented groups.
The applicant must1) Be a doctoral or post-doctoral student in psychology within Massachusetts, 2) Be a student member of MPA in good standing, 3) Have a clear commitment to pursuing a professional career in psychology, 4) Demonstrate a serious interest in public policy.
The applicant should submit: 1) A curriculum vita (CV), 2) Two letters of recommendation from faculty instructors or psychologist supervisors attesting to the applicant's professional development, ethics and interest in the are of public policy, 3) A two-page, double-spaced statement of background experience and interest in the position. 
Application materials must be received no later than 5:00pm Eastern Time on September 10, 2020 via email to, or by postal mail to The Rosenblum Fellowship Committee, c/o Massachusetts Psychological Association, 195 Worcester Street, Suite 303, Wellesley, MA 02481. Select candidates will be invited for an interview to occur between September 15 and September 22.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Warkentin at or 781-263-0080, x11 with any questions.

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