From the Public Interest Directorate

The APA is pleased to announce the publication of Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals, a 44-page booklet designed to provide professionals who work with adolescents with basic information about healthy adolescent development.

Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals

The APA is pleased to announce the publication of Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals, a 44-page booklet designed to provide professionals who work with adolescents with basic information about healthy adolescent development. The publication presents research-based information about what is known about the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development of adolescents, and provides information to help professionals relate more effectively to young people. Developing Adolescents was produced with funding from the federal Office of Adolescent Health Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health initiative, a multi-disciplinary project that works to promote adolescent health activities nationally. Developing Adolescents is available by request from APA at: Office of Public Interest Initiatives, Public Interest Directorate at the APA address; email: Luis Espinoza. Single copies are free; additional copies are available at a cost of $5.00 each. Developing Adolescents will also be available online at:

Call for Nominations - 2003 Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) Leadership Awards

The APA Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) invites nominations for its nineteenth annual Leadership Awards. These awards serve to actively demonstrate CWP’s commitment to ensure that women receive equity both within psychology and as consumers of psychological services, and that issues pertaining to women are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training, and practice.

Nominees will be identified as “emerging” or “distinguished” leaders in one or more areas of influence: service provision, scholarship, public interest, and service in psychology. Emerging leaders are psychologists who have received their doctorate within the past 15 years, have made a substantial contribution to women in psychology and show promise of an extensive, influential career. Distinguished leaders are psychologists who have worked for 15 years or more after receiving their doctorate. They should have a longstanding influence on women’s issues and status and should be recognized leaders in their area of expertise.

All nominations must include a brief statement of support for the nominee (500-word maximum), a current vita (6 copies), and three letters of reference (6 copies of each letter). Reference letters should address the nominees’ leadership activities, contributions, and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about women, foster understanding of women’s lives, and improve the status of women and underrepresented populations of women in psychology and society.

Current CWP members, members of APA’s Board of Directors, individuals who have announced candidacy for APA President, and APA staff are not eligible. CWP members cannot make nominations. Award recipients, selected by CWP in March, will be announced at the APA Convention in August 2003.

Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Friday, January 31, 2003. Send nominations materials to Leslie Cameron, Women’s Programs Office at the APA address.

Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS 2002 Call for Nominations

The Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is seeking nominations for three new members whose terms will begin on January 1, 2003 and end on December 31, 2005. The mission of COPA, an ad hoc committee that reports directly to the APA Board of Directors, is to guide the development and implementation of APA’s organizational responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

COPA members are required to attend at least one, face-to-face meeting per year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in monthly conference calls. Between meetings, members are expected to devote a substantial portion of time to COPA projects, provide consultation to APA Office on AIDS staff, and participate in advocacy activities as needed.

Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in dealing with HIV/AIDS issues as a researcher, practitioner, educator, and/or policy advocate. COPA seeks to involve a diverse group of psychologists, including persons of color and individuals who are living with HIV. COPA is particularly interested in candidates who are employed in traditional university settings as well as candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) HIV/AIDS public policy; (2) treatment and prevention for persons with substance use disorders who are living with HIV; (3) treatment and prevention for women; and, (4) technology transfer and/or replication of effective HIV-related interventions.

Nomination materials should include the nominee’s qualifications, a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on COPA, and a curriculum vita. Self-nominations are encouraged. Materials should be sent to Robert Beverly, Office on AIDS at the APA address. All material must by received by November 15, 2002.