News from the American Psychological Foundation

Nominate a Colleague for the APF 2005 Gold Medal Awards

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) Board of Trustees invite nominations for its 2005 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Awards are presented in four categories:

  • Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology
  • Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology
  • Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest
  • Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology

All awardees receive a gold medal, $2,000 donated by APF to the charitable/non-profit organization of the recipient’s choice, and an all-expense paid trip to APA’s 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, where the award will be presented (coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals will be reimbursed).

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated, a nomination statement that traces the nominee’s career, a curriculum vitae and bibliography. Letters in support of the nomination are welcome. All nomination materials should be coordinated by a chief nominator and sent in one package. There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is December 1, 2004. Send nominations to Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address.

Nominations Sought for Distinguished Teaching Award The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for its 2005 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and is named after Charles L. Brewer, Ph.D. whose career-long devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

APF’s teaching subcommittee seeks psychologists who have:
Exhibited exemplary performance as a classroom teacher
Developed effective teaching methods and materials or innovative curricula and courses
Conducted research on teaching
Trained psychology teachers and demonstrated administrative facilitation of teaching
Inspired students to become psychologists

The award winner receives a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expense paid round trip to APA’s 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, where the award will be presented (coach round-trip airfare and reasonable expenses for accommodations and meals will be reimbursed).

The nomination deadline is December 1, 2004. Nomination materials should include the nomination form, a description of how the nominee fulfills the award qualifications and the nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography. Letters in support of the nomination are welcome. The APF nomination form is available online. Mail complete nomination materials to the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address.


APF Will Award Three $20,000 Graduate Fellowships in Child Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is offering up to three $20,000 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships to support graduate studies in child psychology in 2005.

The purpose of these scholarships is to nurture excellent scholars in the broad area of the psychology of the child, such as developmental, child-clinical, pediatric, school psychology, educational psychology and developmental psychopathology. Support will be from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year. The award includes travel costs to attend the APA pre-conference workshop for Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Fellows at the APA Convention and other relevant conferences as funds allow. APF will also award travel stipends of $4,000 to runners-up to enable their travel to APA’s convention and to encourage travel to other conferences as funds allow.

Graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy are eligible to apply. Students can apply before having passed their qualifying exams, but proof of having advances to doctoral candidacy will be required before funds are released. Consideration will be given to psychological research that breaks new ground or creates significant new understandings that facilitate children’s and youth’s development or functioning.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2004. Recipients will be announced on or after February 15, 2005. For complete application guidelines, please visit APF’s website, or send a request by Email.


Funding Available to Study LGB Family Psychology

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

Applicants for the postdoctoral research award, including co-investigators, must have a doctoral degree. Applicants for the student grants must be enrolled in a graduate program and have a letter of support from their supervising professor. All research involving human subjects must be approved by an institutional review board from the principal investigator’s institution.

The application deadline is November 1, 2004. Application guidelines are available online or by contacting the APF office by Email.


Apply for the Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award

The Todd E. Husted Memorial Award was established to encourage contributions to the development of improved outreach and delivery of mental health services. A $1,000 award is given annually to the person whose dissertation contributes most to these goals.

Candidates must submit a dissertation proposal or abstract that will indicate significant potential for the development or improvement of mental health services for those with severe and persistent mental illness. Topics relevant for the award include those that:

  • foster the development of a more comprehensive, humane, and responsive system of mental health care
  • develop a protective and humane sequencing of interventions to prevent deterioration, homelessness, and premature deaths of those with serious mental health illness
  • develop effective methods of improving patient compliance with medication and treatment for those having impaired insight as a result of schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
  • demonstrate practical methods of improved identification and treatment of persons with mental illness, who, as a result of that illness, enter the criminal justice system
  • foster methods to improve training and social attitudes of professionals in the criminal justice system regarding the role of serious mental illness in the behaviors of mentally ill offenders
  • or increase access to and utilization of appropriate services and supports for the most treatment-resistant and severely mentally ill individuals

The Husted award is administered through the APA Science Directorate. All applications must adhere to the required format and must include the application cover sheet; a one-page description of research interests, experience, and future career plans; dissertation research summary, including a brief description of research design and budget (2 page limit); abbreviated curriculum vitae; and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor.

Four (4) copies of the application material should be mailed to the APA Science Directorate, Husted Award Coordinator to the APA Address. For further information and all required forms, please visit the APA website.

The deadline is September 15. Completed applications will be accepted after July 1.


Deadline Extended for 2005 Wilhelm Wundt-William James Prize

The deadline for nominations for the Wilhelm-Wundt-William James Prize has been extended until August 31, 2004. This award, made possible by a gift from Raymond D. Fowler, Ph.D. to the American Psychological Foundation (APF), recognizes psychologists from Europe and/or North America who have made distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology and to the promotion of effective cooperation between European and North American psychologists. The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) administers this award.

The prize may be awarded to a single individual, two individuals, one European and one North American who are working together or to a group made up of psychologists from Europe and North America. The prize will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the IXth European Congress of Psychology in Granada where the recipient will be invited to lead a special symposium or lecture.

Nominations should be signed by two nominators and should include a curriculum vitae and a statement of how the nominee meets the award criteria. Nominations should be submitted both electronically AND in hardcopy via Email and to EFPA, Grasmarkt 105/18, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.