Foundation News

APA awards will be given for investigative science, pediatric psychology, and research into adolescent accidents, abuse, violence, and suicide.

New F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize Announced

The American Psychological Foundation announces a new $25,000 prize to recognize the efforts of a young psychological science investigator in the areas of research consistent with those pursued by Frank Joseph McGuigan. The McGuigan Fund will support the prize on a biennial basis, with the first prize to be given in 2002. The prize will be awarded to the recipient’s institution for the benefit of his or her research. Indirect costs will not be provided.

Eligible research area: According to the bequest, “the prize is focused to support research, to explicate the concept of the human mind. The approach must be a materialistic one fostering both empirical and theoretical research. Empirical research would primarily be psychophysiological, but physiological and behavioral research may also qualify for support…dualistic approaches such as espoused by many contemporary cognitive psychologists do not qualify for support."

Nominee eligibility: Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field, and be 9 or fewer years post-doctoral degree at the time of the nomination deadline. Nominees must have an affiliation with an accredited college, university, or other research institution.

Nomination procedure: Nomination packages must contain six copies of each of the following: (1) letter of nomination written by a senior colleague (no self-nominations); (2) 1-2 page statement of accomplishments to date and plans for the next 5 years (written by the nominee); (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) copies of two representative publications. This package should be sent to:

APF Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize
American Psychological Association
Science Directorate
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Selection criteria: The recipient will be selected based on the excellence of the full breadth of research conducted and published to date, as well as the promise of research planned for the next five years.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 1, 2002. For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate.

Awards for Research in Pediatric Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2001 Rebecca Routh Coon research awards. Annually, two $500 awards support young psychologists whose promising psychosocial research focuses on pediatric psychology, with an emphasis on injuries to children and adolescents through such forces as accidents, abuse, violence, or suicide. Dr. and Mrs. Donald K. Routh established the fund in 1999 to honor the memory of their daughter, an obstetrical nurse who died in an automobile accident at the age of 24.

The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) Student Research Grant was awarded to Christine T. Chambers, PhD, who is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Chambers’ research interests lie in the area of pediatric pain, and include pain measurement in children and the role of the family in children’s sensitivity. Her research project, The Impact of Maternal Behaviour on Children’s Pain Experience: An Experimental Analysis, found social learning factors to be important predictors for children’s attention to and reactions toward maternal behaviors during times when the children experienced pain. Dr. Chambers received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric and child clinical psychology through Brown University School of Medicine. Her work has been acknowledged with awards such as the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, which will support a five-year examination of family influences in pediatric chronic pain and disability.

Alicia McAuliffe, MA as awarded the 2001 Rebecca Routh Coon Student Research Grant for her study Psychosocial Functioning and Regimen Adherence in Adolescents with Diabetes. Ms. McAuliffe is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical child psychology program at St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York. Her research interests surround the infliction of childhood diabetes, and she is the founder, president and director of the Circle of Life Camp, Inc., a non-profit camp for children and adolescents coping with diabetes. While employed as a peer counselor at diabetes education centers, she assisted individuals and families in acquiring the necessary skills needed for adjustment to life with diabetes.

She has coordinated two support groups for young people afflicted with diabetes, focusing on the social issues they encountered. Following her service as a Representative for New York State, she promoted counseling and education-based programming as the Northeast Regional Youth Advisor for the American Diabetes Association. While employed in medical laboratories, Ms. McAuliffe was able to gain valuable experience investigating the causes and improvements in the treatment of diabetes. With this knowledge, she published various articles and lectures on the psychosocial issues related to diabetes and authored a book, Growing Up with Diabetes: What Children Want Their Parents to Know, which was published by John Wiley and Sons in 1998.

Foundation Announces Recipients of Neuropsychology Scholarships

Through the 2001 Manfred Meier scholarship, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) has recognized the accomplishments of Jeffrey M. Bedwell, MA, a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Georgia, specializing in clinical neuropsychology under the mentorship of Dr. L. Stephen Miller. As the recipient of this award, Mr. Bedwell will receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue his doctoral research. The Manfred Meier scholarship was established through a donation from Arthur Benton, PhD in honor of his colleague and friend Dr. Manfred Meier, an accomplished clinical neuropsychologist, whose work has had significant impact on furthering the science of psychology. This award is presented annually to a graduate student in neuropsychology whose scholarly and research activities show great potential.

By examining performance on computer-based tasks and related functional neuroimaging results, Mr. Bedwell is currently exploring the differential age-related changes in the magnocellular visual pathway as a potential bio-behavioral marker for schizophrenia-related genes. His interest in schizophrenia research began shortly after he completed his bachelor’s degree at James Madison University in 1995, when he joined the research team in the Child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). During his employment with NIMH, Bedwell focused his research on child-onset schizophrenia and co-authored numerous publications, including a first-author paper addressing neuronal correlates of IQ decline in childhood-onset schizophrenia. Mr. Bedwell credits Drs. Miller, George Hynd, Rob Nicolson, Sanjiv Kumra, Eileen Nelson, and Judith Rapoport as having a significant impact on his own work in the field.

Dr. Benton also established the Henry Hécaen scholarship program with the Foundation to honor French neurologist Henry Hécaen, a prominent figure in the founding and developing of neuropsychology as a science. The 2001 Hécaen scholarship has been awarded to Laura J. Grande, MA, a graduate student in the clinical and health psychology program at the University of Florida.

Ms. Grande is currently an intern with the Veterans Administration in Brocton, Massachusetts, where she is studying geriatric neuropsychology and the assessment of cognitive changes as they relate to aging. During her time as a research assistant in a neuropsychology laboratory, Ms. Grande worked with individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and individuals with hemispatial neglect, a task that inspired her to focus her research on memory and attention. During her graduate studies at the University of Florida, Ms. Grande’s specific interest in selective attention was further expanded to include the study of cognitive changes associated with Parkinson’s Disease. She has chosen to complete her dissertation with a study on selective attention and the cognitive effects of dopamine replacement therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. She is especially interested in the inhibition of distracting and irrelevant information, as well as in the role that dopamine medication may play in improving attentional abilities. Upon completing her internship, Ms. Grande plans to continue to study the cognitive and neuropsychological changes associated with neurodegenerative disorders.