From the Public Interest Directorate

The APA Science Directorate is launching a new Advanced Training Institute (ATI) focused on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups.

Committee on Children, Youth, and Families 2009 Call for Nominations

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) anticipates two vacancies in 2009. Please apply if you have experience in applying psychological knowledge to the health, welfare, and optimal development of children, youth, and families or in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession. Candidates with particular interest in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved, and diverse populations are also encouraged to apply. CYF invites applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of psychology and society as a whole (e.g., ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status).

Each candidate is asked to submit a:

  • letter indicating their willingness to serve;

  • brief statement describing their expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families;

  • current curriculum vita; and

  • one to three letters of support for their nomination.

Please submit materials to Richard Babumba at American Psychological Association, at the APA Address by Monday, August 25, 2008. Materials received thereafter will be held for consideration the following year. Please visit the Committee on Children, Youth, and Families page to view the entire 2009 call for nominations statement.

Advanced Training Institute is Launched

The APA Science Directorate is launching a new Advanced Training Institute (ATI) focused on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups this summer. This ATI will be hosted by the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan from June 23-27, 2008. See below for a description of the ATI and application process. APA also has a few travel scholarships available. Please share this information with your students and colleagues who may be interested in participating in this training institute.

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Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
June 23-27, 2008

Although the topic receives little coverage in most textbooks on research methods, important advances have been made in recent decades in methods for psychological research involving racial and ethnic minority groups. The purpose of this ATI is to introduce participants to a variety of research approaches that have been used with diverse racial and ethnic groups to produce significant and useful knowledge about these populations. Participation in this ATI will help investigators to conduct psychological research that is culturally appropriate and relevant for the groups being studied.

The ATI will be led by Dr. Frederick Leong, who is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. Dr. Leong recently co-edited (with Dr. Madonna Constantine) a special issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (the journal of APA Division 45) on methodologies for research with racial and ethnic minority populations. Other instructors for the ATI will come from Michigan State and other leading institutions.

Among the topics to be covered in this ATI are: (a) Methodologies for Investigating Treatment Outcomes with Culturally Diverse Populations; (b) Research Methods with Large and National Datasets; (c) Using the Internet to Conduct Research with Culturally Diverse Populations; (d) Culturally Sensitive Qualitative Research Methods with Diverse Populations; (e) Evaluating Measurement Equivalence of Research Measures; (f) Methods for Racial Identity and Racial Socialization Research; (g) Explicit and Implicit Methodologies for Determining Racism-Related Attitudes and Behaviors; (h) HIV Research with Disenfranchised and Hard-to-Reach Populations; and (i) Genomic Research in Ethnic Minority Communities.

The course will be tailored to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who aim to conduct research with racial and ethnic groups and are interested in learning about the latest methodological approaches and challenges. There are no prerequisites, but participants should come to the course with an idea for a specific research project that they would like to discuss and receive feedback on from instructors and classmates. Up to 30 participants will be chosen to attend this ATI.

The application deadline is April 18, 2008.

Faculty: APA Member - $750 / Nonmember - $1200
Post-Doc / Graduate Student: APA Member - $375 / Nonmember - $550

Financial Aid
The APA Science Directorate will have some scholarship travel funds available for the participants most in need. The amount and number of scholarships will be determined after all of the applications have been received and we have an idea of the need. If you expect to request financial aid, please do so by Friday, April 30. Typically, we will support graduate students and postdocs first, while psychologists at other career levels will be considered based on need, if funding remains. We encourage you to speak to your research mentor or department head about the availability of institutional funds for this sort of advanced training opportunity. If you would like to apply for APA assistance to in order to attend this ATI, the first step is to apply for the program before the deadline. Then, by April 30th, contact the Science Directorate describing the amount of funding required, reasons for this need, and outside sources of funding. You will be notified of funding decisions after participants have been selected for the ATI and prior to its registration deadline.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel up to 30 days prior to the start date, and we are able to fill your place, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel less than 30 days prior, and we are able to fill your place, we will give a refund of 75%. If you cancel at any time and we are unable to fill your place, then no refund can be provided.

If you have any questions, please call (202) 336-6000, or send an email to Advanced Training Institute.

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Concerns: Targeted Nominations Statements for Terms Beginning in 2008

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) seeks nominations for two positions beginning January 1, 2009. Nominees are sought who have experience or expertise relevant to one or more of the following areas:

  • Racial & Ethnic Minority Issues;

  • Youth;

  • Transgender issues;

  • Aging.

The Committee particularly welcomes nominations of ethnic minority psychologists, bisexual psychologists, psychologists with disabilities, and transgender psychologists, and other psychologists who are members of underrepresented groups. In considering nominees, the Committee will also consider the range of major fields and specializations in psychology and the geographic diversity represented in its membership.

The Committee's mission is to

  • study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender psychologists can best be dealt with;

  • encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender adults and youths and the social impact of such research;

  • examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender adults and youth in clinical practice;

  • develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others; and

  • make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into the APA’s activities to further the cause of civil and legal rights of lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender psychologists within the profession.

The Committee shall consist of six members, three of whom self-identify as women and three of whom self-identify as men, to be appointed for staggered terms of three years. Transgender members who do not self-identify as either women or men may fill either a female or a male seat, in alternation (for example, if there were two transgender members who did not identify as either women or men, one would fill a male seat and one would fill a female seat). It shall report to Council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

The nominee and/or nominator should provide a statement of interest, highlighting the nominee's qualifications for the Committee and expertise or interest in the targeted areas above; the nominee's curriculum vita should accompany this statement. Self nominations are accepted.

Nomination materials are to be received by AUGUST 31, 2008, mail to CLGBTC Nominations, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, at the APA Address, or via email.

Nominate Your Department for a Diversity Award

The APA CEMRRAT Task Force is accepting nominations for the Suinn Minority Achievement Awards. The Suinn Award is given to departments of psychology who have demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students. Nominations are due April 15 and must be submitted by student(s) within the particular psychology graduate department and/or program. The call for nominations and a list of previous winners is available online

Submit a Proposal for the 2008 CEMRRAT Grants

The APA CEMRRAT Task Force is seeking proposals for 2008 CEMRRAT Implementation Grants. These small grants are intended to serve as "seed funds" to energize, empower, and support the efforts of individuals, organizations, and educational institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority recruitment, retention and training in psychology. Proposals will be accepted, beginning January 1, 2008, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded.

CEMA Seeks Two New Members

The Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2009. The committee functions as a catalyst for action on ethnic-minority issues and concerns by interacting with and making recommendations to the various components of APA's governing structure, membership and other groups. Committee members plan, develop and coordinate activities related to advocacy and promoting an understanding of the cultures and psychological well-being of ethnic-minority populations, monitoring and assessing institutional barriers to equal access to psychological services and research, and ensuring equitable ethnic/racial representation in the psychology profession. To fulfill its mandate for ethnic representation and its commitment to gender equity, the two vacant slates are for an African-American male and a Latino male psychologist. CEMA also welcomes nominations from candidates who possess knowledge and expertise of other diverse populations (such as, disability, early career, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.).

CEMA members must participate in no less than two committee meetings a year. No more than two meetings will be convened at APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members also work on CEMA priorities when necessary between meetings. If possible, CEMA members attend the APA Annual Convention at their own expense to participate in CEMA convention programming. Nomination materials should include the nominee's qualifications (including a statement of relevant experience), a curriculum vita and a letter of interest. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations and supporting materials should be sent no later than September 5, to the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address.

Submit Nominations for Dissertation Award

APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks nominations for the 2008 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes outstanding dissertations in psychology that increase understanding of the psychological issues and concerns facing persons or communities of color.

CEMA welcomes applications from individuals who filed their dissertations in 2006 or 2007, on research involving one or more of the following areas: enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic-minority populations or concerns; improving psychological service delivery systems to ethnic minorities; developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic-minority populations; and creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs, behaviors, and needs of ethnic-minority communities.

A CEMA-appointed selection subcommittee will choose the winner through a masked review process of applicants' abstracts. Criteria include impact on ethnic-minority populations; completeness and clarity; creativity; and effectiveness of the research design. The subcommittee will choose semifinalists, who will be required to submit copies of their dissertations for the final selection process. The winner receives $500 and a $300 travel award sponsored by APA's Science Directorate, and will be invited to briefly present her or his dissertation at the APA's 2008 Annual Convention, August 14-17, in Boston.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1. Provide five copies of an abstract (no more than 1,000 words). The dissertation title should appear on all five copies of abstracts submitted; however, only one abstract should identify the author, and also provide the author's mailing address and telephone number. All submissions should be sent to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. For additional information, call (202) 336-6029.