Division News

Men underutilize mental health services. The conference will discuss current findings and best practices on how to encourage men to try psychotherapy and keep them returning once they get to our offices. Male depression is a major mental health issue that has even caught the attention of the major media recently.

Focusing on Early Career Psychologists in Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology
Nathan Grant Smith, Ph.D.
Chair, Division 17 Early Professionals Committee

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) highlights a division who has been committed and successful at engaging early career psychologists. We hope that division leaders can look to these divisions for ideas of how to integrate some of these initiatives in their own divisions. CECP plans to feature other divisions “best practices” and “success stories” pertaining to early career involvement. If you feel that your division has been successful at engaging the early careers members of your division, please contact us via e-mail to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Division Dialogue.

The past several years have seen an increased focus on the issues and needs of early career members of Division 17. To meet the needs of our early career members, the Division has engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting the recruitment, retention, and development of counseling psychologists who are within 7 years of receipt of the doctorate. These initiatives include presidential activities, bylaws changes, committee activities, and convention programming.

The leadership of Division 17 has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the needs of early career members. The current president and president-elect, Drs. William Parham and Linda Forrest, have included early career issues prominently in their presidential initiatives. Dr. Parham appointed a special task group entitled Passing the Baton. This special task group is focusing on mentoring issues through connecting well-established members of the Division to early career members, as well as providing opportunities for early career members to reach out to senior members. Dr. Forrest is working with each of the Division interest sections to identify groups of early career members with similar professional interests. Many of the early career members have their first involvement with the Division through the interest sections; as such, Dr. Forrest’s initiative will help to facilitate early career members’ involvement with the larger Division through bringing together these smaller groups of early career members with overlapping interests. Several past presidents of the Division have also included early career initiatives throughout their presidencies.

In addition to a focus on early career issues at the leadership level, the Division has made internal structural changes that focus on the needs of its early career members. At the 2006 annual APA convention, Division 17 adopted revisions to its bylaws.1 These revisions reorganized standing committees and created a new committee devoted to the support and development of early career members of the Division. The newly created Early Professionals Committee works with other membership-related committees, such as Membership, Student Affiliate, Continuing Education, and Conferences. This pairing of the Early Professionals Committee with other membership-related committees ensures that the needs of early career members are viewed within the larger context of membership concerns. Some of the responsibilities of the Early Professionals Committee include interfacing with the student affiliate group to help graduating students transition into member status, keeping early career members apprised of what is happening in the Division, interacting with Division interest sections and committees to promote involvement and retention of early career members, and working with the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists.

Though the Division 17 Early Professionals Committee is only several months old, the Committee has been developing a number of strategies to better meet the needs of early career members. First, the Committee, in conjunction with several early career members not currently serving on the Committee, is developing a needs assessment. This needs assessment will allow the Committee and the larger Division to identify specific issues that are of concern to early career members. The results of the needs assessment will help to inform future initiatives, policies, and procedures to improve recruitment, retention, and involvement of early career members. Second, the Committee is setting up a listserv for early career members to exchange ideas and network with one another. Third, the Committee is networking both within and outside of the Division, such as with other Division 17 committees and APA-level groups, such as the Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Finally, the Committee is working on a number of convention-related activities.

A number of early-career-related programs have occurred at past annual conventions. These have included symposia, conversation hours, and social hours. At last year’s convention, the Division sponsored a number of activities geared specifically toward early career psychologists. For example, a number of symposia and conversation hours focused on mentoring issues; one symposium focused on career issues for early career psychologists of color; one conversation hour focused on publishing in the Divisional journal; and one social hour for early career psychologists drew a number of prominent leaders in the field with whom early career members could network. The Division is planning activities for early career members for next year’s annual convention as well as for the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference. In planning for the latter conference, Division 17 will work with several outside professional associations to create programming specifically geared toward early career counseling psychologists.

In looking toward the future, the Division is planning a number of initiatives for early career members. The Division hopes to periodically profile new members in the Division newsletter. Including the voices of early career members will allow the larger membership to understand their issues and demonstrate to early career members that their voices are welcome. Next, the Division plans to develop formal strategies for helping graduating students to transition to member status. These strategies include cooperating with training directors, coordinating efforts with the student affiliate group, and sending letters of welcome to new members. Finally, the Division plans to develop a mentoring system to connect early career members with well-established members. Given the broad array of career options for psychologists, a mentoring system that includes mentors working in private practice, research settings, academia, counseling centers, and so forth should be most effective.

The Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology is committed to the needs of its early career members. Focusing on the needs of this population will help to recruit new members, retain current members, and encourage involvement. This recruitment, retention, and involvement will help the Division to grow and to become stronger. Division 17 is actively working to meet the needs of its early career membership. As such, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. You may contact the chair of the Early Professionals Committee by emailing Dr. Smith via e-mail.

1To view the revisions to the Division 17 bylaws, please see the Spring 2006 Society of Counseling Psychology Newsletter.


Council New Business Items - February 2008

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) provides the following information to division officers to increase the awareness of and opportunity for division input to governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees. What follows is a summary of new business items submitted between the close of the August 2006 and February 2007 sessions of Council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, CSFC, CODAPAR (representing division interests), CAPP (representing state/provincial interests) and APAGS reviewed the items and referred them to APA groups for consideration. Divisions are invited to comment on these items. Summary statements for each item appear below, along with a list of the APA boards and committees to which the item was referred. The board or committee appearing in bold has been designated lead group for the item. Division comments on each item should be directed to the lead board or committee at the APA address.

The board/committee acronyms used in the listing are:
APAGS – American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
BAPPI – Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
BCA – Board of Convention Affairs
BEA – Board of Educational Affairs
BPA – Board of Professional Affairs
BSA – Board of Scientific Affairs
CAPP – Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
CIRP – Committee on International Relations in Psychology
CODAPAR – Committee on Division/APA Relations
COLI – Committee on Legal Issues
CSFC – Committee on Structure and Function of Council
P&P – Policy and Planning Board

Item 30 (revised): Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Warming
This item recommends that Council approve the formation of a task force to develop a report and policy recommendations regarding the interface between psychology and global warming.

Referred to: BSA, BAPPI, BEA, CIRP and CODAPAR

Item 31: Support for Social Psychology Network
This item asks that APA contribute $60,000 per year to the nonprofit organization Social Psychology Network (SPN). The contribution would be earmarked for nonprofit education and scientific purposes that benefit APA and its members, the field of psychology, students, and the public.

Referred to: BSA, APAGS, BAPPI, BEA, CAPP, CODAPAR and P&P

Item 32A: Dealing with Proposed Wording Changes during Council Debate
This item recommends that no item be debated in Council in the absence of the originator(s) or a Council member who is empowered to negotiate a proposed change in the wording of the item on behalf of the originators.

Referred to: CSFC

Item 32B: Resolution in Support of Ethnic Minority Training in Psychology
This item asks Council to adopt a resolution affirming APA’s support for training programs in psychology across the educational pipeline (i.e., undergraduate through postdoctoral studies).

Referred to: BAPPI, APAGS, BEA, BPA and BSA

Item 32C: Task Force to Address SPTA Impact on and Input in the Development of APA Policy
This item asks Council to establish a task force composed of representatives of Division 31, CAPP, P&P, CSFC, CESPPA, Committee of State Leaders, Caucus of State, Provincial and Territorial Representatives, and other representative persons or groups as may be appropriate. The task force will review the process of APA business items coming to Council and determine the adequacy of input from organizations that will be charged with implementing these decisions and to develop a proposal for mechanisms by which any issues identified through the review can be addressed.

Referred to: P&P, BAPPI, BEA, BPA, BSA, CAPP and CODAPAR

Item 32D: APA Resolution to Promote Well-being and Alleviate Psychological Risk Factors for Immigrants
This item asks Council to adopt a resolution to promote the well-being of immigrants and to fund a task force to address the psychological risk factors of immigrants in the United States.

Referred to: BAPPI, BEA, BPA, BSA and CIRP and COLI

Item 32E: Support for Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups
This item asks Council to approve funding for a 3-day conference for three consecutive years to provide quantitative training and support for students from underrepresented groups.

Referred to: BAPPI/BSA, APAGS, BCA and BEA

Item 32F: Amendment to APA Priorities
This item recommends that Council add an 11th priority to the list of APA priorities. The additional priority would be to “Promote and support the advancement of psychology as a scientific discipline.”

Referred to: CSFC, BEA and BSA


National Psychotherapy with Men Conference
Saturday, June 2, 2007
California State University Northridge

Men underutilize mental health services. The conference will discuss current findings and best practices on how to encourage men to try psychotherapy and keep them returning once they get to our offices. Male depression is a major mental health issue that has even caught the attention of the major media recently. The goal of the conference is educate and inform professionals about the unique issues that men bring into therapy and how to engage men in psychotherapy process once they do come into our offices. The conference will include interactive symposium panels, video tapes and discussion of psychotherapy with men and Keynote addresses from some of the experts in the field including AJ Franklin, Jon Carlson, Aaron Rochlen, Fred Rabinowitz, Mark Kisselica, William Parham and more. The conference is being coordinated by Mark Stevens the president of Division 51. The conference is co-sponsored by Divisions 17 and 45 and through the CODAPAR Interdivisional Grant Program.


2007 Division Leadership Conference Recap

The 2007 Division Leadership Conference (DLC) hosted by the Committee on Division / APA Relations (CODAPAR) was held January 19-21, at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference provided division officers with valuable information on what makes a successful term in office, resources to access relevant and key offices within APA, its governance structure and an overview of the directorates. Participants left the DLC feeling enlightened, empowered and eager to lead their respective division to new heights.

The conference kicked off with its Opening Reception on Friday, January 19, giving attendees time to meet, greet and reacquaint themselves with other divisions’ leaders, members of the Board of Directors, CODAPAR and APA Staff. Kate F. Hays, PhD, chair of CODAPAR, officially opened the meeting by extending a warm welcome to everyone in attendance, introducing fellow CODAPAR members, members of the Board and the Division Services Office staff.

Right after the Dr. Hays’ welcome, fellow CODAPAR member, Janice D. Yoder, PhD, led the group in a plenary session entitled, “Membership Trends and APA Divisions”. Membership recruitment and retention issues have been top priority for the Association and divisions for some time and Dr. Yoder’s presentation gave an overview of the APA membership and division trends for the past 20 years. This informative and engaging session set the tone for the weekend as division officers were presented with information and strategies on how to increase division memberships.

The 2007 Division Leadership Conference: At A Glance:

Friday, January 19, 2007

6:00-6:30 P.M.
WELCOME RECEPTION
South American Rooms A & B
Kate F. Hays, PhD, Committee on Division–APA Relations (CODAPAR) Chair

6:30-7:30 P.M.
PLENARY: MEMBERSHIP TRENDS AND APA DIVISIONS
South American Rooms A & B
Presenter: Janice D. Yoder, PhD
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

Membership recruitment and retention issues should be one of your division’s highest priorities. This special plenary session, led by Dr. Jan Yoder, will share membership numbers and explore division membership trends. Following the presentation, APA staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

7:30-9:00 P.M.
WELCOME DINNER
Federal Rooms A & B
CODAPAR members will host a table of their liaison divisions and will lead small-group discussions ranging from how to make your presidential year a success to collaborating on interdivisional grants.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

7:30-8:30 A.M.
BREAKFAST
South American Room Foyer

8:30-9:00 A.M.
What APA PRESIDENT’S WELCOME ADDRESS
South American Rooms A & B
Presenter: Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, APA President
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

Sharon Stephens Brehm, APA President, will open the conference with a brief welcome address and remarks. She will discuss her 2007 presidential initiatives and the major themes of her of presidency.

9:00-9:30 A.M.
WHAT IS CODAPAR
South American Room
Presenter: Chana K. Akins, PhD
There will be a brief presentation on each of the following topics:

  • The role and functions of the Committee on Division–APA Relations, where it fits in the overall APA governance structure and how it helps divisions;
  • The role and duties of a division president; and
  • The presidential timeline, outlining important dates presidents need to pay special attention to throughout the year concerning divisional, APA governance, and election deadlines.

9:30-10:30 A.M.
PLENARY: GETTING TO KNOW APA
South American Room
Presenters: Steven Breckler, PhD, Executive Director, Science Directorate; L.Michael Honaker, PhD, Chief Operating Officer; Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate; Susan J. A. Harris, Senior Director, Journals, Publications and Databases; Lillian White, Assistant Controller, Accounting; Russ Newman, JD, PhD, Executive Director, Practice Directorate; Judy Strassburger, Executive Director, Governance Affairs; Robert Walsh, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Education Directorate
Facilitator: Wayne J. Camara, PhD

During this panel discussion, a representative from each of the APA directorates will give a brief overview of their directorate, upcoming projects, and the services they can provide to divisions. An open forum for questions will follow.

10:30-10:45 A.M.
BREAK

10:45-11:30 A.M.
BREAKOUT SESSION I

NUTS AND BOLTS
Pan American Room
Presenters: Keith Cooke, Manager, Division Services; Kathleen Gebe, Budget and Reporting/GL manager, Financial Services; Christopher Hobson, Operations Specialist I, Service Center Operations; Sarah Jordan, Director, Division Services; Micheline Meyers, Coordinator, Division Services; Jeff Sabot, CPA, Director of Nonprofit Services, CBIZ; Julian Slaughter, Division Services Associate, Division Services; Cathleen Syphax, Division Accounting Coordinator, CBIZ; Dee Valencia, Senior Director, Membership and Convention Marketing, Public and Member Communications; Lillian White, Assistant Controller, Accounting; Sonja Wiggins, Membership Committee Assistant, Service Center: Development; Wendy Williams, Division Services Specialist, Division Services
Facilitators: Allan B. Elfant, PhD, and Frank C.Worrell, PhD

APA staff from different departments will discuss their various roles and answer questions about the services they provide and how they can assist divisions.

GOVERNANCE ISSUES
New York Room
Presenters: Garnett Coad, Director of Elections; Paul Donnelly, Director of Board and Committee Operations; Judy Strassburger, Executive Director of Governance Affairs
Facilitator: Wayne J. Camara, PhD

This session provides an opportunity for participants to get an in-depth look at APA governance and its structure, getting involved in boards and committees, and pertinent information regarding elections and procedures.

SCIENCE DIRECTORATE
Massachusetts Room
Presenter: Steven Breckler, PhD, Executive Director, Science Directorate
Facilitator: Chana K. Akins, PhD

The Science Directorate undertakes a broad range of activities in support of psychological scientists and psychological science. Activities include developing and implementing strategies to serve the needs of researchers in academic and nonacademic settings, both within and outside the association. The directorate maintains and oversees APA’s liaisons and memberships with science-based coalitions, other scientific societies (e.g., COSSA, Federation), and national and international science venues (e.g., Academy of Sciences).

PUBLIC INTEREST DIRECTORATE
Ohio Room
Presenter: Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate, Annie Toro, JD, MPH, Associate Executive Director for Public Interest Policy
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

The Public Interest Directorate works to fulfill APA’s commitment to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, training, and public policy. The activities of the Public Interest Directorate are overseen by the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

11:35 A.M. to 12:20 P.M.
BREAKOUT SESSION II

NUTS AND BOLTS
Pan American Room
Presenters: Keith Cooke, Manager, Division Services; Kathleen Gebe, Budget and Reporting/GL manager, Financial Services; Christopher Hobson, Operations Specialist I, Service Center Operations; Sarah Jordan, Director, Division Services; Micheline Meyers, Coordinator, Division Services; Jeff Sabot, CPA, Director of Nonprofit Services, CBIZ; Julian Slaughter, Division Services Associate, Division Services; Cathleen Syphax, Division Accounting Coordinator, CBIZ; Dee Valencia, Senior Director, Membership and Convention Marketing, Public and Member Communications; Lillian White, Assistant Controller, Accounting; Sonja Wiggins, Membership Committee Assistant, Service Center: Development; Wendy Williams, Division Services Specialist, Division Services
Facilitator: Janice D. Yoder, PhD

APA staff from different departments will discuss their various roles and answer questions about the services they provide and how they can assist divisions.

GOVERNANCE ISSUES
New York Room
Presenters: Garnett Coad, Director of Elections; Paul Donnelly, Director of Board and Committee Operations; Judy Strassburger, Executive Director of Governance Affairs
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

This session provides an opportunity for participants to get an in-depth look at APA governance and its structure, getting involved in boards and committees, and pertinent information regarding elections and procedures.

EDUCATION DIRECTORATE
Massachusetts Room
Presenter: Robert Walsh, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Education Directorate
Facilitator: Richard S. Velayo, PhD

The APA Education Directorate advances education in psychology and psychology in education for the benefit of the public. It seeks to enhance (1) the education and training of psychologists, (2) the teaching of psychology, and (3) the application of psychology to education. This session will inform participants about the ongoing projects in the directorate and encourage division involvement.

PRACTICE DIRECTORATE
Ohio Room
Presenters: Russ Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director, Practice Directorate; Randy Phelps, PhD, Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice; Elizabeth Winkelman, JD, PhD, Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Facilitators: Allan B. Elfant, PhD, and Frank C.Worrell, PhD

The Practice Directorate is involved in a broad range of activities that support practicing psychologists and health care consumers. The directorate pursues a complex agenda that involves interrelated initiatives across four arenas: legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory strategies, marketplace activities, and public education. This work is carried out through both the APA and its companion organization, the APA Practice Organization.

12:20-1:20 P.M.
LUNCH
Federal Rooms A & B

1:30-3:00 P.M.
PLENARY: INCREASING MEMBERSHIP WORKSHOP
South American Room
Presenters: Bertha Holliday, PhD, Director, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs; Shamin Ladhani, PsyD, Committee on Early Career Psychologists; Renee Romero, Committee Operations and Program Officer, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students; Carol Williams- Nickelson, PsyD, Associate Executive Director, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
Facilitator: Janice D. Yoder, PhD

This membership workshop will focus on recruiting and retaining students, early career psychologists, and ethnically diverse members. Participants will work in small groups to develop strategic plans for membership recruitment with help from representatives from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP), and the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA).

3:00-3:15 P.M.
BREAK

3:15-4:15 P.M.
PLENARY: BEST PRACTICES FOR DIVISION PRESIDENTS
South American Room
Presenter: Jean A. Carter, PhD
Facilitator: Allan B. Elfant, PhD

This special plenary session led by Dr. Jean Carter will explore some of the best practices for division presidents. Dr. Carter will share her experiences and expertise and offer advice on various issues to consider as you plan for your term in office. Following the presentation, CODAPAR will facilitate a group discussion.

4:15-5:00 P.M.
INTERDIVISIONAL GRANT PROGRAM
South American Room
Facilitator: Richard S. Velayo, PhD
The Interdivisional Grant Program is an APA-funded project to encourage and support joint activities that enhance the work, interests, or goals of two or more divisions. This session will review the criteria of the interdivisional grant program and will give division leaders time to interact and brainstorm on projects for the 2007 call for grants.

7:00-8:00 P.M.
RECEPTION AT APA HEADQUARTERS

CODAPAR will host a reception at APA headquarters, 750 First Street, NE, giving participants the opportunity to socialize and tour the executive offices.

8:30 P.M.
GROUP DINNER

Sunday, January 21, 2007

7:30-8:30 A.M.
BREAKFAST

South American Room Foyer

7:30-8:30 A.M.
MEDIA SPECIALIST IS IN
New York Room
Consultant: Rhea Farberman, Executive Director, Public and Member Communications Directorate
Senior APA public communications staff will be available for consultation with division leaders who may have questions about dealing with and preparing for media interviews.

7:30-8:30 A.M.
ATTORNEYS ARE IN

Massachusetts Room
Consultant: Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD, General Counsel
APA General Counsel will be available for one-on-one consultation with division leaders who may have division legal questions or concerns.

Michigan Room
Consultant: Jesse Raben, JD, Associate General Counsel
APA Associate General Counsel will be available throughout the morning for one-on-one consultation with division leaders with legal questions or concerns, particularly with contractual agreements.

8:30-9:45 A.M.
PLENARY: MEDIA AND LEGAL PRESENTATIONS
South American Room
Presenters: Rhea Farberman, Executive Director, Public and Member Communications Directorate; Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD, APA General Counsel
Facilitator: Chana K. Akins, PhD

Rhea Farberman will discuss how to prepare for media interviews and the APA Media Referral Service as a vehicle for getting media attention for divisions.
Nathalie Gilfoyle will present pertinent information for division officers on current policies and potential liabilities. This session will broaden your awareness of critical issues for APA and its divisions and give you the resources necessary to prepare for many types of situations.

9:45-10:00 A.M.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

10:00-11:00 A.M.
APA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER WELCOME ADDRESS

South American Room
Presenter: Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA Chief Executive Officer
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

APA CEO Dr. Norman Anderson will share association news that will be of particular interest to the divisions.

APA PRESIDENT-ELECT ADDRESS
South American Room
Presenter: Alan E. Kazdin, PhD
Facilitator: Kate F. Hays, PhD

APA President-Elect Dr. Alan Kazdin will address division leaders.

TOWN HALL MEETING
South American Room
Participants will have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of Drs. Anderson and Kazdin.

Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA -- Member

APA boards and committee are invited to submit their nominations for the 2008 Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA – Member. The Fowler award was established in 2003 to recognize Dr. Fowler’s service to the association. The Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA recognizes an APA member who has had a significant and enduring impact on APA as an organization and who has shown a clear dedication to advancing APA’s mission.

Qualifications

Prospective nominees for the Raymond D. Fowler Award will demonstrate one or more of the following: 1) a clear dedication to advancing APA’s mission; 2) outstanding effort in advancing APA as a professional organization; 3) consensus-building among constituent groups within the organization; 4) contributions that have a significant and enduring impact on the association and 5) contributions that have a significant impact on the financial health of the organization.

Nominations

APA Members may be nominated by another APA member or constituent APA group (i.e., APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial psychological associations). Members of the Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominated for the award during their term of service on the Board.

Nomination Materials

A complete nominations package is required for consideration. That includes: 1) a nominations statement of up to 500 words, 2) no more than 3 letters of support and 3) a current vita. The deadline for receipt of nominations is October 1, 2007.

Award

A citation will be read at the August meeting of the Council of Representatives and the recipient’s name will be added to a wall plaque that will be placed prominently in the APA headquarters building. A $1,000 honorarium and up to $1,500 in expenses associated with travel to the APA annual convention will accompany the award.

Implementation Plan

Nominations for the 2007 Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA should be sent to Casey Reever via e-mail by October 1, 2007.


APA Seeks Nominations for 2008 Awards

Nominate your colleagues now for next year’s annual convention.

APA’s Practice, Science, Education, and Public Interest directorates, and the Office of International Affairs are seeking nominations for the Association’s 2008 Awards.

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2008 Annual Convention Boston, MA, August 14–17; a waiver of 2008 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $2,000 in expenses related to attendance at the 2008 convention.

The deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2007.

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology is awarded on an annual basis by BPA and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. A qualified candidate must demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or have developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. Nominees may have received their doctoral degree at the time of nomination provided that accomplishments for the award were achieved while a graduate student. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply from all psychology sub-specialties (e.g., clinical, counseling, organization, school, health) and can be self-nominated or nominated by an APA member. However, all self-nominations must be endorsed by an APA member who serves the function of a nominator.

Each applicant must submit a summary of no more than 1,000 words regarding their work with an underserved population that must include a description of the student’s work with this population, the status of the underserved population and number served, nature of psychological services/work done and its impact on addressing the needs of the identified population. In addition, nominees are expected to identify why the group they have worked with is considered underserved. Applicants must also submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of support from a member of APA and, in the instance of a self-nomination, verification that the endorser will serve the role and complete the functions of a nominator.

The nominator/endorser will be expected to prepare the text for the award citation, attend the APA Annual Convention (at his or her own expense), serve as chair of the winner’s award address, introduce the award recipient and prepare the written introduction for any APA publications wishing to publicize the award.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training

The Board of Educational Affairs is requesting nominations for the following awards. All nominations must include a letter of nomination citing the award for which the nomination is made and outlining the contributions of the nominee, two letters of support, and curriculum vitae. Send nominations and supporting materials to Sharon Leiss, Education Directorate, at the APA address. Questions about the awards should be directed to Sharon Leiss via  e-mail or (+1/202) 336-5970.

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training recognizes psychologists who have engaged in teaching/training as the primary employment during their career. Psychologists will be selected for this award on the basis of their documented positive influence on the education and training of students; engagement in important research in education and training; development of effective materials for instruction; establishment of workshops, conferences, or networks, of communications for education and training; achievement and leadership in administration that facilitate education and training; and activities in professional organizations that promote excellence.

Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training

The Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and training recognizes psychologists for evidence-based applications of psychology to education. To be considered for this award, the candidate must demonstrate a contribution to new teaching methods or the solution of learning problems through the use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological knowledge to improve learning in educational settings (including pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) and/or in communities.

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research

APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) seeks nominations for its Distinguished Professional Contributions awards. All nominees must have excellent overall personal and professional reputations. Nominees should not have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology and must have no history of ethical violations at the state or national level. Please send nomination materials for all categories to Ernestine Penniman at the APA address. You may also reach her by phone at (202) 336-5911 or via e-mail. For additional information, please also see APA Practice

For each award, nominators should provide a detailed narrative statement of no more than 300 words on the nature of the contributions and focus of the nomination and an up-to-date resume and bibliography. Endorsements from other individuals or groups are encouraged. Also, nominators of award winners will be responsible for preparing a 100-word award citation. All nominees must have excellent overall personal and professional reputations.

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology. To be eligible, this research should have led to innovative applications in an area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction, or intervention (either direct or indirect). Research involving the original development of procedures, methodologies, or technical skills that significantly improve the application of psychological knowledge and provide direct and immediate solutions to practical problem areas will be considered, as will research that has informed psychologists on how better to observe, define, predict, or control behavior. Original integration of existing theories or knowledge is also eligible for consideration.

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector recognizes outstanding service delivery by a licensed psychologist who is primarily engaged in the practice of psychology in a private sector setting. The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in any area of clinical specialization, health services provision, or consulting, and services provided to any patient population or professional clientele in an independent or institutional practice setting. Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including advancement of the profession.

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice in the Public Sector

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice in the Public Sector recognizes outstanding service delivery by a psychologist who is primarily engaged in the practice of psychology in a public sector setting (e.g., state hospital, military, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in a wide variety of public sector settings. Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including improvement of public service delivery systems or development of psychologically informed public policy.

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest invites nominations for the 2008 APA Public Interest Awards -- the APA Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (senior career and early career categories) and the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. Nominations and supporting materials for the following awards should be sent to Lavonia Reid at the APA address. Questions about the awards should be directed to Shirlene Archer at (+1/202) 336-6056 or via e-mail.

The Committee on Public Interest Awards will select two individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the Public Interest which advance psychology as a science and/or a profession. One award is reserved to honor a psychologist involved in public interest endeavors who is 15 years or fewer beyond receipt of the doctorate. Award criteria include the identification or solution of significant social problems, unusual initiative or dedication in activities meeting client or community needs, or the advancement of human justice related to the provision of psychological services or science.

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

This award will be given to a psychologist who has made a distinguished empirical and/or theoretical contribution to research in public policy, either through a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of work. The contribution may consist of such factors as research leading others to view specific national policies differently; research demonstrating the importance of the application of psychological methods and theory to public policy; or research clarifying the ways scientific knowledge or human behavior informs public policy.

Nominations must be submitted with a supporting statement of 500 words or fewer, a current vita, and letters of support from at least 3 people familiar with the nominee’s work. Nominees may also submit, 3-5 selected representative reprints, or alternate types of samples of work, for example, videotapes, audiotapes, internet based communications, or legal briefs. Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Shirlene Archer at the APA address.

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

The Committee on Scientific Awards invites nominations for its awards program. Nominations for all three award categories should be sent to the Science Directorate at the APA address. Questions about the awards program should be directed to Suzanne Wandersman at (+1/202) 336-6000, e-mail, or visit the APA Science Awards Web site. Members of the committee, former recipients of the awards, and the president and president-elect of APA are ineligible. For a list of previous award winners, see the November 2006 American Psychologist.

The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions: Describe the important theoretical and empirical contributions and their impact on the field, usually attributed to the nominee; Compare the nominee with others in her/his field, including others who previously have received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; What influences has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study? Where possible, please identify the nominee’s students by name.

Nominations for these awards will not be considered without the following: a letter of nomination, a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography, the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee’s work; a list of ten most significant and representative publications; and three reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution (reprints, preferably in electronic form).

2007 CODAPAR Members

Chana K. Akins, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Kentucky
Department of Psychology
219 Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0001
Phone: (+1/859) 257-1103
Fax: (+1/859) 323-1979
Divisions: 6, 18, 24, 25, 28, 38, 45, 48 and 50

Wayne J. Camara, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The College Board
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (+1/212) 713-8069
Fax: (+1/212) 649-8427
Divisions: 5, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 32 and 41

Allan B. Elfant, PhD (01/07-12/09)
429 West Shadow Lane
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (+1/814) 234-8011
Divisions: 7, 12, 22, 37, 40, 46, 49, 53 and 55

Kate F. Hays, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The Performing Edge
730 Yonge Street
Suite 226
Toronto, ON M4Y 2B7
CANADA
Phone: (+1/416) 961-0487
Fax: (+1/416) 599-8287
Division: 10, 13, 17, 29, 30, 31, 39, 42 and 47

Richard S. Velayo, PhD (06/05-12/06)
Pace University
Psychology Department
41 Park Row
Room 1324
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (+1/212) 346-1506
Fax: (+1/212) 346-1618
Divisions: 1, 3, 23, 26, 27, 36, 43, 52 and 54

Janice D. Yoder, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Akron
Department of Psychology
Akron, OH 44325-4301
Phone: (+1/330) 972-8371
Fax: (+1/330) 972-5174
Divisions: 2, 8, 9, 33, 34, 35, 44, 51 and 56

Division Services Staff

Troy Booker, Division Services Officer
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Micheline Meyers, Division Services Coordinator
Julian Slaughter, Division Services Associate
Wendy Williams, Division Services Specialist

2007 Deadlines for Articles for the APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via e-mail to Troy Booker.

March/April: February 26, 2007
May/June: April 23, 2007
July/August: June 25, 2007
September/October: August 27, 2007
November/December: October 22, 2007