Foundation News

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Recognize Excellence in Mental Illness Research and Training

APF is accepting nominations for the 2008 $20,000 Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize, which recognizes exceptional individuals who work in the area of serious mental illness.

Nominees must hold doctoral degrees; present a record of significant research in the area of serious mental illness; show evidence of significant involvement in the training and development of young investigators; and be affiliated with an accredited college, university or research/treatment institution.

The deadline is April 15. For application information, visit

Apply for APA Convention Travel Grant

APF is accepting applications for the 2008 Paul Henkin Student Travel Grant. The grant covers registration, lodging and travel costs of up to $1,000 for graduate student members of Div. 16 (School) to attend APA's Annual Convention in Boston. APA employees and students who have received convention reimbursements from other APA sources are ineligible for this award.

The deadline is April 15. For application information, visit

APF Offers Annual $3,000 award for clinical health psychologists

Clinical health psychologists can receive a $3,000 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award from APF in 2008 for outstanding commitment to the field. APF increased the award amount from $1,000 to $3,000, thanks to Louise Jeffrey, who made this award possible through her gift to APF in 1999 to honor her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey.

The award recognizes an outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology by a full-time provider of direct clinical services.

Nominees must spend a minimum of 15-20 hours a week in direct, face-to-face patient care, in assessment or therapy, in individual or group settings. Additional time may be spent in professional activities such as consultation, teaching, supervision, or research. Applicants must be fully licensed clinical health psychologists and members of APA and APA Division 38 (Health Psychology).

The deadline is May 1. For nomination information visit

$5,000 Scholarship Available for Graduate Students Working in Research on the Stigma of Mental Illness

APF is seeking proposals for graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. APF will award the $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship in 2008 to a graduate student in psychology who is enrolled full time and in good standing at an accredited university.

The deadline is May 15. Applicants are required to submit a proposal, letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor, and CV online at For more information, visit Franks award.

Individuals and Divisions Mobilize to Fight Hate Crimes

In the aftermath of the hate crimes in Jenna, Louisiana, and at Columbia University, psychologists have rallied to raise monies to help APF provide up to $20,000 for an annual violence prevention grant in 2008 that focuses on understanding and eliminating hate crimes.

Dr. Jean Carter and other psychologists have spearheaded a fundraising effort to raise money to help in this effort.

If members continue to support this initiative, APF will be able to offer a larger grant with a greater impact. To make a contribution, visit or send your gift c/o APF at the APA address.

The deadline is June 1.

APF to Provide $30,000 in Pre-College Grants

In 2008, APF will grant up to $30,000 to support programs that promote psychology as a science at the high school level. The goals of APF’s Pre-College Grant Program are to:

  • Reinforce the discipline of psychology as a science in secondary school curricula.

  • Expand the profile of psychology as a science to attract talented high school students to pursue the discipline.

  • Convey to high school students that psychological science is a tool to improve society.

  • Teach students about career options that apply psychology outside of an academic setting (e.g. NASA, organizational development).

Applicants must be educational institutions or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or affiliated with such an organization. For application information, visit The deadline is May 1.

Graduate Student Scholarships Available

APF and the APA Science Directorate are accepting applications for the 2008 Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) graduate research scholarships. Up to $16,000 will be made available, which includes a $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, a $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship, and eleven $1,000 scholarships.

Students wishing to be considered should contact their psychology department to inquire about the nomination process. Each department of psychology that is a member in good standing of COGDOP may nominate up to three candidates.

For additional information, visit The deadline is June 16.

Funding Available Through APF’s Weiss Grant

The Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Fund was established in 2003 to support innovative psychological research and programs that encourage creative, cutting-edge psychological endeavors. In 2008, APF will provide $10,000 for a grant in one of the following areas:

  • Finding connections between mental and physical health to ensure well-being;

  • Understanding and preventing violence and prejudice to create a safer, more humane world; or

  • Supporting the sustained rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of disaster.

Applicants must be affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Special consideration will be given to programs with broad-based community support.

The deadline is June 1.

APF Launches Philosophy-Psychology Award Program

APF is accepting nominations for the first annual Joseph B. Gittler Award, a $10,000 award for the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge. Scholars and graduate students are invited to apply. Self nominations are welcome.

The following materials should be submitted online at a letter of nomination outlining the nominee’s contributions to the field, a statement of accomplishments to date, and curriculum vitae.

The deadline is June 1. For more information, visit the APF site.