Division News

Update on CODAPAR’s 2002 Division Leadership Conference

CODAPAR’s 2002 Division Leadership Conference is scheduled for January 18-20, 2002. This year’s event will take place at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Sessions will include a discussion of the new APA Convention 2002, with Drs. Rochelle Balter and Michael Haley representing the Board of Convention Affairs. Frequently asked questions and concerns raised about the new convention format will be addressed.

Another session which divisions may find of particular interest will discuss CODAPAR’s ongoing Interdivisional Grant Program. CODAPAR member Dr. Angelo S. DeNisi and Sarah Jordan, Director of Division Services, will provide examples of successful interdivisional collaborations and how your particular division, along with one other, can create a new project.

The invitations are in the mail. Please be sure that your division is represented at this important and informative event. Should you have any questions or needed additional information, please contact Courtney A. Leyendecker, 202-336-6121.

New APA Convention Format to be Discussed at DLC

Complaints over the length of the convention, costs to participants, and declining attendance led the APA Board of Directors to ask the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) to develop a new convention format. This format will be used at the Chicago convention in 2002 and is described below. BCA members will attend the Division Leadership Conference January 18-20, 2002 and present a session for division presidents-elect to discuss frequently asked questions about the new format.

The former five-day format (Friday through Tuesday) will be reduced to a four-day format (Thursday through Sunday). In the 2001 convention program, the minimum hours given to divisions for substantive programming (symposia, poster sessions, papers, etc.) was 15 hours. This will be reduced to 14 hours in 2002 (7% reduction). Based on convention attendance figures, 12 divisions received extra substantive hours in 2001 and will also receive extra hours in 2002, also reduced by 7%.

In the 2001 convention program, divisions were given a minimum of 10 hours for non-substantive programming (division business meetings, social hours, etc.) This will be reduced to a minimum of 7 hours for 2002. It can be noted that although a minimum of 10 non-substantive hours were given each division in 2001, the range of hours actually scheduled was 0-8 hours with 7 divisions not using any of these hours and only three divisions using 6-8 hours.

In the 2001 convention program, divisions were given “free” programming hours if they scheduled programs at 8:00 am. The new convention format uses the 8:00 am time slot for regular programming so this option is withdrawn for the 2002 convention. In 2001, only 7 divisions scheduled more than 5 such hours and 12 divisions did not schedule any.

Programming hours for most APA governance boards and committees were cut in half for the 2002 convention. Due to unique options with the Chicago setting, all substantive programming will be scheduled in the convention center, and all non-substantive programming will be scheduled in convention hotels.

For the 2002 convention, there will be two additional programming features. First, all divisions will be given the opportunity to submit poster session papers for a series of topical poster sessions for the convention. The time for these topical poster sessions is not charged to the division in their substantive hour allotment. Divisions will have the option of scheduling poster sessions in their substantive program hours instead of or in addition to submitting papers for the topical poster sessions.

Secondly, all divisions were placed in one of 10 programming clusters (4-6 divisions per cluster). The clusters were formed by a sociogram based on data provided by division presidents. Each cluster was given 10 substantive hours of programming to develop. The cluster programming was introduced to promote division interaction and convention programming of interest to a number of divisions.

BCA and the APA Council of Representatives will be formally evaluating the new format for a report to Council and APA members.

2002 Call for Proposals Interdivisional Grants Project

The Committee on Division/APA Relations of the American Psychological Association (APA) seeks proposals for collaborative projects sponsored by two or more APA divisions. The purpose of the project is to support joint activities that enhance the work, interests or goals of two or more divisions. The program provides an incentive for that collaboration. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • furthering APA’s goals of working to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare;

  • projects that promote collaboration between the science and practice of psychology;

  • fostering the recruitment of ethnic minorities into psychology, APA or division membership, or APA governance;

  • attending to a currently unaddressed topic or area in psychology.

Grant money of up to $2,500.00 is available for projects, although exceptional projects requiring funds in excess of $2,500 will be considered. Applications will be submitted to the Committee on Division/APA Relations with final selection by the APA Board of Directors in June 2002. Funds will be made available immediately after selection and must be used within 12 months of the award. A final report on the project will be required within 18 months of the receipts of funds.

Eligibility Requirements for Interdivisional Grant Proposals

  • The project must actively involve at least two APA divisions (joint proposals involving division sections and chapters must be from two or more different divisions)

  • The projects may not duplicate an activity currently being undertaken by another APA office or group.

Review Criteria for Interdivisional Project Proposals

  • The project proposal must demonstrate active involvement in the planning process by the named divisions.

  • The project has clearly stated goals and a well-defined outcome.

  • Completion of the project is feasible within the twelve-month time frame given.

  • The project enhances the ongoing goals of the divisions involved.

  • The project utilizes the unique expertise of the divisions involved.

  • All other things being equal, priority will be given to new collaborations and divisions not previously funded.

Proposal Contents

  • The proposal should be a one-page description of the project which includes:

    • the names and division affiliation of the participants;

    • the rationale, methods, goals and timeline of the project;

    • brief comments on how the proposed project meets the purposes of the Interdivisional Grants Project;

    • other funds, matching funds or in-kind support brought to the project, if any; and

    • completed sponsorship form(s).

  • A budget summary should be provided with justification for each item listed (one page maximum).

Review and Award

The Committee on Division/APA Relations will review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors at its June 7-9, 2002 meeting. The Board of Directors will make the final selection of the projects that will be funded. Grants winners will be notified at the close of the June Board of Directors’ meeting and funds will be made available within 2-4 weeks of the announcement.

Deadline: Complete grant proposals must be received in the Division Services Office by March 2, 2002. Materials may be mailed or sent by email.

Grant proposals should be sent to: Courtney A. Leyendecker, Interdivisional Grants Project, Division Services Office, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Questions? Call 202-336-6121 or email Courtney Leyendecker.

Interdivisional Grants Project Sponsorship Form
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Project title

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Project coordinator

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Contact information







_____________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsoring divisions

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Participant

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division president’s signature

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Participant

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division president’s signature

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Participant

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Division president’s signature

Note: You have the option of using one Sponsorship Form for all participating divisions or sending multiple forms – one for each participating division.

Congratulations to APA’s Newly Elected 2002 Fellows and Current Fellows!

Celebrations abound: the December holidays, the new year, and the next round of Fellow nominations . . . APA Division Fellow chairs and committees should now be preparing Fellow nominations for submission to the APA Membership Committee – as soon as possible, but no later than February 19, 2002. Division Fellow chairs or committees who need additional APA Fellow information or materials should contact Sonja Wiggins at 202-336-5590 or via e-mail at Sonja Wiggins. APA Members interested in APA Fellowship should contact their division’s Fellow chair to find out more about eligibility, nomination and election process, and deadlines for nomination. Please keep in mind that APA’s deadline to receive all Fellow applications is February 19, 2002, so don’t hesitate!

2002 Deadlines for Articles for The APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via email to Courtney Leyendecker

January/February: December 17, 2001
March/April: February 18, 2002
May/June: April 15, 2002
July/August: June 17, 2002
September/October: August 19, 2002
November/December: October 14, 2002

Division Services Staff

Laura Anibal Braceland, Division Services Coordinator
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Penny Harrison, Division Services Assistant
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Courtney Leyendecker, Division Services Officer

Committee on Division/APA Relations

Nadya A. Fouad, PhD, Co-Chair
Divisions: 9, 16, 17, 32, 35, 36, 37, 45, 46

Mary E. Kite, PhD, Co-Chair
Divisions: 2, 3,5, 6, 10, 28, 30, 44, 47, 48

Rodney R. Baker, PhD
Divisions: 13, 18, 20, 22, 31, 33, 41, 50

Angelo S. DeNisi, PhD
Divisions: 1, 14, 15, 19, 21, 24, 25, 34

Gloria B. Gottsegen, PhD
Divisions: 12, 29, 38, 39, 42, 49, 51, 52, 55

Keith O. Yeates, PhD
Divisions: 5, 8, 23, 26, 27, 40, 43, 53, 54

Charles L Brewer, PhD
Board of Directors Liaison