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The Massachusetts Psychological Association is inviting applications for the 2012- 2013 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 the 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 study the Association’s governance process. To this end, the Fellow will attend Board of Directors and Advocacy Steering Meetings. The Fellow is also invited to attend additional relevant committee and staff meetings, and to observe and participate in legislative hearings and lobbying activities. The Fellow will have responsibility for a specific research project or advocacy activity to be completed by the spring 2012. The Fellow will also submit a year-end report to be published on the MPA website.

Terms of the Fellowship

The Fellowship will run from September or October 2012 to June or July 2013 (there is some flexibility) with a 8-10 hour per week commitment to the Fellowship. The Association will provide a Fellowship stipend of $5,000.00 and will include a research project or advocacy activity. Parking and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Requirements for Candidacy

The applicant must:

  • Be working toward or have obtained a doctoral degree in psychology
  • Have a clear commitment to pursuing a professional career in psychology
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in public policy

Applicant should submit:

  • Curriculum vita
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty instructors or psychologists, attesting to the applicant’s professional development, ethics and potential for involvement in the area of public policy
  • 2 page statement of background and interest

Application materials must be submitted to MPA by September 3rd, 2012 and should be directed to Joel Rosenbaum, PhD, Chair, The Rosenblum Fellowship Selection Committee, c/o the Massachusetts Psychological Association, 195 Worcester Street, Suite 303, Wellesley, MA 02481. Perspective applicants are encouraged to contact Elena Eisman, EdD, ABPP at with any questions.

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