Third psychologist heads to Congress

Judy Chu, PhD, won a congressional seat in California's 32nd district in a July 14 election runoff, becoming the first Chinese-American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives

by Government Relations Staff

July 28, 2009 — Judy Chu, PhD, won a congressional seat in California's 32nd district in a July 14 election runoff, becoming the first Chinese-American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and bringing the number of psychologists serving in Congress to three.

Dr. Chu received her PhD in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a community college professor of psychology for more than a decade. For the past 23 years, Dr. Chu has represented San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods as a local School Board member, Mayor and City Council member, State Assembly Member and as a member of the State Board of Equalization.

"We're thrilled to have Dr. Chu in a position to educate other members of Congress about the important role psychological services play in American health care," says Marilyn Richmond, JD, assistant executive director of government relations for the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization.

As the 2009 Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP) honoree, Dr. Chu will address the AAP's Leadership Circle reception during the August 2009 APA Convention in Toronto.