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The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is requesting applications for the Roy Scrivner Research Grants for research that is consistent with the goal of encouraging the study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual family (LGB) psychology and LGB family therapy.

Attention Divisions 43 and 44: Apply for the APF’s LGB Family Psychology/Therapy Grants, including new award of up to $10,000

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is requesting applications for the Roy Scrivner Research Grants. The Scrivner Fund provides one postdoctoral grant (up to $10,000) and two graduate student grants (up to $1,000 each, with preference given to dissertation candidates) for research that is consistent with the goal of encouraging the study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual family (LGB) psychology and LGB family therapy. Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

To qualify for the post-doctoral research award, all applicants (including co-investigators) must have a doctoral degree. To qualify for the pre-doctoral research award, all applicants must be graduate students and include a letter of support from their supervising professor. All research involving human subjects must have been approved by an IRB from the principal investigator’s institution when the application is submitted.

The firm deadline for submission of applications is November 3, 2003, and grants will be announced in February 2004. Please visit this Web page for complete information.

Reminder: Call for Nominations for the 2004 Gold Medal and Teaching Awards

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for its 2004 Gold Medal and Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology awards. The Gold Medal awards include a medal and $2,000, to be donated by APF to the charitable institution of the winner’s choice. The Distinguished Teaching Award includes a plaque and a $2,000 cash award. The Gold Medal and Teaching awards include an all-expense-paid trip for the award winners and one guest to APA’s 2004 annual convention, in Honolulu, July 28-August1, for two nights and three days. (Coach round-trip airfare, and reasonable expenses for accommodations, and meals for two individuals will be reimbursed.)

The Gold Medal awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America. Awards are conferred in four categories: Life Achievement in the Science, Application, and Practice of Psychology, and in Psychology in the Public Interest.

The Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award recognizes an eminent career in the teaching of psychology, the preparation of students to become teachers, and the development of curricula and innovative teaching methods. Nominations should include a nomination form, a nomination statement tracing the nominee's distinguished contributions, as well as the nominee's current vita. Letters in support of the nomination are welcome. The APF nomination form can be obtained from APF.

All materials for both categories of awards should be received, as a complete packet, no later than December 1, 2003, and should be mailed to either the APF Gold Medal Awards Coordinator or the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator at the APA address. 

Foundation and Division 38 Honor Outstanding Clinical Health Psychologist

Larry C. James, PhD, received the third annual American Psychological Foundation Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology at the American Psychological Association convention in Toronto this past August. Division 38 (Health Psychology) recommended Dr. James for the award this year to the APF trustees.

Instituted with the Foundation in 2000 by Louise K. Jeffrey, PhD, the award memorializes the career and contributions of her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey, PhD, a former president of Division 19 (Military Psychology) and director of the clinical psychology department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The award recognizes an outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology by a full-time provider of direct clinical services and carries a $1,000 prize annually.

James, a colonel in the U.S. Army, is chief of the department of psychology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, as well as chief psychologist for the army’s North Atlantic Region. During an earlier assignment to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii (1994-1999), he had the vision to create a psychology inpatient facility completely run by a psychology department and designed to treat essential hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, and cholesterol disorders. He incorporated into this inpatient unit training for health psychology fellows and interns on how to conduct health assessments and physicals, how to interpret medical lab findings (and to use the labs as a variable in treatment outcome), and how to manage patients with psychophysiological disorders without the oversight of a psychiatrist.

In his current assignment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he has developed programs that enabled him to prescribe medications for the treatment of obesity. He is one of only two doctors in the hospital who are allowed this privilege.

Even while serving as chief of psychology at Walter Reed, James maintains an active caseload of patients, teaches at Walter Reed and three universities in the Washington metropolitan area, and pursues innovative research. He has received over $1 million in grant funding specifically related to clinical and applied tele-heath and obesity research. He created an interactive webpage and has incorporated video teleconferencing into his treatment programs so that soldiers deployed out of the country can receive treatment. He co-edited a book released this June titled, Diversity in Human Interactions: The Tapestry of America (Oxford Press). A second book, Primary Care Clinical Health Psychology: A Model for the Next Frontier, is currently in press with APA.

James has been awarded the ABPP in both Health and Clinical psychology and was elected to the board of directors for the American Board of Health Psychology. He was chosen as the department of defense liaison to the American Board of Professional Psychology, and has served as one of the national work sample coordinators for department of defense psychologists. He has received recognition for his major role in identifying and mentoring ethnic minorities and women successfully through the board certification process.

James recently volunteered to deploy for five months in support of the war on terrorism and, as a result, was awarded a Joint Commendation Medal for his selfless and dedicated service. 

Deleray Takes Honors as 2003 Outstanding Consulting Psychologist

John E. Deleray, PhD, was recently selected as the 2003 American Psychological Foundation Harry and Miriam Levinson Award recipient. The $5,000 award recognizes an outstanding consulting psychologist who has demonstrated exceptional ability to convert psychological theory and concepts into applications through which leaders and managers can create more effective, healthy, and humane organizations in the community.

The awards selection committee of APA Division 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) recommended Dr. Deleray to the Foundation’s board of trustees for his many contributions to and leadership role within the field of consulting psychology. Deleray established the Dallas-based psychological consulting firm Deleray & Associates (D&A) to serve as an extension of the management of the organizations that it serves. The consulting firm uses accepted methods of psychology to help organizations classify, train, organize, and develop their personnel.

D&A helps company management make more informed hiring, promotion, and development decisions. By recognizing talented and well-motivated candidates and also by spotting potential problems, D&A’s services have had substantial impact on organizations over the years. D&A has assisted management to design and install processes that boost morale, resolve conflicts between employees, improve productivity, and accelerate company growth.

Deleray received his doctoral degree from Baylor University in general, experimental, and personality psychology, and, since 1983, he has been professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, where he teaches consultation in the graduate program. A past president of Division 13, he has served as chair of the public information committee of the Texas Psychological Association and of the APA Committee on Social and Ethical Responsibility. He continues to act as consultant to numerous Texas school districts, juvenile departments, and rehabilitation commissions, as well as to the FBI Executive Development Institute at Quantico, Virginia.