Foundation News

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) Board of Trustees invites nominations for awards and grants, and encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

Apply for Gerson Grant for Family, Couple, Multi-Generational Processes

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) announces the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant to be given in 2005. For the 2005 cycle of the grant, graduate students engaged in doctoral studies are invited to apply. The $5,000 grant has been created to advance the systemic understanding of family and/or couple dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible for grants through the fund.

Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson's work.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants from a variety of educational settings are encouraged to apply. Awards will be given in alternate years to students and professionals. The 2005 grant will go to a graduate student engaged in doctoral studies.


Submit entire application electronically to APF by February 1, 2005. Applicants will be notified on or after April 15, 2005.

Applications must include the following:

  • Statement of the proposed project

  • Rationale for how the project meets the goals of the fund

  • Budget for the project

  • Statement about how the results of the project will be disseminated (published paper, report, monograph, etc.)

  • Personal reference material (vita and two letters of recommendation)
    Official transcript

For additional information, visit the APF Web site, or contact the APF Awards Coordinator - Gerson, at the APA address or by telephone at (+1/202) 336-5843 or by Email.

The APF encourages applications from individuals that represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

Reminder: Nominate a Colleague for Gold Medal Awards for Life Achievement

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) Board of Trustees invites nominations for its 2005 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Awards are presented in the categories of Science, Application, Public Interest, and Practice.

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.

The nomination deadline is December 1, 2004. Nomination guidelines can be found at the APF Web site.

Nominations Sought for Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) continues to accept 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, and 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 guidelines are available from APF.

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

As announced in July, 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, and educational psychology and developmental psychopathology. Support will be from September 1 to August 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 advanced 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. Complete application guidelines are available from APF.

Apply for APF Grants for Research on 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 from this Web page or by contacting the APF office by Email.

American Psychological Foundation 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award Call for Nominations

The American Psychological Foundation requests nominations for the 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology.

The Levinson award is administered by the APA Office of Division Services in conjunction with APA Divisions 13 (Consulting Psychology), 14 (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), and 39 (Psychoanalysis). A committee of the three divisions solicits nominations, reviews nomination materials, and submits the recommended recipient's name and credentials to the APF board of trustees for final approval. The recipient receives $5,000 and a certificate of recognition.

Eligibility: According to the agreement establishing the Harry Levinson Fund with the Foundation, an annual award is to be given to “an APA member who has demonstrated exceptional ability to integrate a wide variety of psychological theory and concepts and to convert that integration into applications by which leaders and managers may create more effective, healthy, and humane organizations.”

Nomination procedure: Nominations must include two elements: (1) a letter of nomination addressing the nominee’s record of accomplishment with regard to the award criteria (self-nomination is acceptable) and (2) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae. All nomination materials must be submitted in electronic format only. A “cover” email note with the two attached files (in Microsoft Word or PDF formats) should be sent to Division Services.

Deadline. March 15, 2005. Announcement of the recipient is expected to occur by or after April 15.

For more information, please contact the American Psychological Foundation via Email. The APF encourages nominations for individuals that represent diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.