From the Public Interest Directorate

Calls for Awards Nominations

2009 Public Interest Awards Call for Nominations

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest invites nominations for the 2009 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.

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest
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 or fewer years 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.

Each award includes an honoraria of $1,000, the opportunity to present an invited address at the 2009 APA Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and to submit a paper based on that address to the American Psychologist, waiver of 2009 convention registration fees, and reimbursement of up to $1,000 in expenses related to attendance at the 2009 convention.

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 alternative types of samples of work such as videotapes, audiotapes, internet based communications, or legal briefs. Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Donnie Graham, APA Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address.

The deadline for receipt of this information is June 2, 2008.

Call for Nominations: APA Committee on Aging

The APA Committee on Aging (CONA) seeks two full APA members with specialization in aging issues to begin three-year terms on Jan. 1. CONA seeks diverse committee representation, including individuals with experience in research, clinical training, practice, policy, advocacy and education. It also aims for diversity in ethnicity, culture, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation and geographic location.

CONA is the chief APA governance committee charged with addressing aging concerns. To learn more about CONA’s mission and efforts, visit APA Committee on Aging

CONA members attend two meetings annually in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by the APA, and are encouraged to attend CONA functions held during APA's Annual Convention at their own expense. Members also participate in e-mail discussions and bi-monthly conference calls regarding work on committee activities.

Nomination materials should include a curriculum vitae and a statement of interest and qualifications. Letters of support are desirable but not required.

Send nominations and supporting materials to Deborah DiGilio, director of the Office on Aging, at the APA Address or via E-mail. The nomination deadline is September 1.

Call For Nominations: APA Committee on Aging Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging

The Committee on Aging (CONA) invites nominations, including self-nominations, for its award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging. This award for outstanding achievement is presented annually to recognize psychologists and friends of psychology who have made significant contributions to the mission of CONA. [NOTE: If listing the goals of CONA takes up too much space, you could just put: To learn more about CONA’s mission and efforts, visit APA Committee on Aging.

The mission of CONA is to pursue the following goals:

  • Science: Provide strong and visible advocacy for a scientific agenda on aging to policymakers and private and public funding agencies.

  • Practice: Promote the practice of psychology by advocating policies that enhance the availability and reimbursement of health and mental health services to older adults and their families.

  • Policy: Contribute to the formulation and support of public policies and associated regulations that promote optimal development of older adults, facilitate psychological practice with older persons, and expand scientific understanding of adult development and aging.

  • Education: Promote inclusion of knowledge about adult development and aging in all levels of education, including continuing education, training programs, and professional development of psychologists.

  • Public Interest: Promote the application of psychological knowledge to the well being of older people, with special attention to the influences of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and family in science, practice, and policy relating to older adults.

  • Public Affairs: Develop and disseminate information concerning the scientific findings and practice issues about older adults to psychologists, other professionals, policymakers, and the public.

  • APA: Serve as a visible focus for the coordination of information among groups within APA that address aging issues and offer consultation to relevant APA boards, committees, divisions, state associations, and directorates; also ensure that older members of APA receive the appropriate attention of the association.

Successful candidates will have made significant contributions in one or more of the areas of the CONA Mission stated above. All nominations must include a curriculum vitae of the candidate and three letters of reference. Reference letters should indicate the categories in which the candidate has made contributions related to aging (Science, Practice, Policy, Education, Public Interest, Public Affairs, APA). Additionally, letters should address the nominee’s leadership activities, contributions, and scope of influence that advance knowledge for and about older adults and aging issues, foster understanding of older adult’s lives, and improve the status of older adults.

Nominations are solicited by CONA on a yearly basis with a June 30th deadline for receipt of nominations. The award is presented at the APA Convention. Prior recipients of the CONA Award for Psychology and Aging were the following:
2003 Norman Abeles, PhD
2004 George Niederehe, PhD
2005 Margaret Gatz, PhD
2006 Antonette Zeiss, PhD
2007 Martha Storandt, PhD

Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to Deborah DiGilio, Director, APA Office on Aging, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address. Questions can also be directed to Ms. DiGilio at (+1/202) 336-6135 or via E-mail.

Call for Nominations: Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES)

The Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) is pleased to invite nominations for membership on the Committee to serve three year terms beginning in January 2009. CSES anticipates two vacancies in 2009. Nominations are accepted from individuals, APA Committees, Boards, and Divisions, as well as self-nominations.

The mission of CSES is to further the major purpose of APA – “to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare”--by ensuring that issues of SES receive the full attention of the Association.

The Committee will identify and act as a catalyst in the Association’s efforts to address issues of SES and promote appropriate attention to SES in psychological research and practice. In this regard, the Committee shall: (a) collect information and documentation concerning SES; (b) promote scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and SES in health, education, and human welfare; (c) develop approaches to the application of psychology that take into account the effects of SES on psychological development and well being; and (d) advocate for social policy that will alleviate or reduce the disparities between SES groups.

Nominees are being sought who have expertise in psychological issues related to social class and SES inequalities; have conducted research that aided in the scientific understanding of the roles of SES/social class in psychology; have developed approaches to the application of psychology taking into account the effects of SES on psychological development and well-being in children and/or adults. CSES has a strong commitment to full diversity in representation (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, early career, retired, and those who are employed less than full time).

CSES members are required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. Nominees should ensure they can attend all committee meetings. In 2009, the meetings are scheduled for March 20-22th and September 11-13th. Committee members also work on CSES priorities between meetings and will be expected to participate in regular committee conference calls. In addition, CSES members are encouraged to attend CSES related symposia and events at the APA Convention if possible, though expenses cannot be reimbursed.

Each nomination packet must be complete, and include the following information. Failure to adhere to this requirement by the submission deadline may jeopardize the acceptance of your submission.

  • A letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CSES

  • Brief description of the nominee’s qualification

  • Current Curriculum Vitae of nominee


Please send all nominations and supporting materials to the attention of Helena Dagadu, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address. Electronic submissions are encouraged and may be sent to Helena via E-mail.

Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology - Applications Due - May 15

The American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) announces its inaugural Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology to be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. This inaugural one-day Institute will target approximately 30 mid-career women psychologists who are APA members and who work in academic or academic medicine settings. Future Institutes will focus on women psychologists who work in other professional settings.

If you have questions or need additional information please call the APA Women’s Programs Office at (+1/202) 336-6044 or via E-mail.

Seeking Qualified Applicants for APA Mentorship Program For Doctoral-Level Researchers Interested in HIV/AIDS and Communities of Color

The American Psychological Association (APA) Office on AIDS seeks qualified applicants to participate in a two-year, distance-learning, mentorship program designed to prepare doctoral-level behavioral and social scientists for careers as independent researchers in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color. This new program entitled, Cyber Mentors, will utilize state-of-the-art distance-learning technologies (e.g., webcasts, online classrooms, etc.) to assist mentees achieve three major goals:

  • develop and implement a career development plan focused on building the capacity to conduct independent research in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color;

  • conceptualize, draft, and submit a high-quality research application to an appropriate NIH funding mechanism; and,

  • establish a mutually supportive network of professional colleagues with common research interests.

Applications must be received no later than close of business on June 2, 2008.

The Cyber Mentors program, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will match early career mentees with mentors who are leaders in the field with strong track records of receiving NIH-supported grants.

Mentoring will be conducted through regular interactions over the internet, by telephone, and at face-to-face meetings. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, mentees will participate in monthly, interactive, web-based seminars that address various research, methodological, and administrative topics relevant to research careers in HIV/AIDS. Mentees will also participate in small-group, research-development sessions every other month. These online, small-group sessions will focus on the application of concepts learned in seminars to research proposals of mentees. Mentees will also participate in a series of mock reviews where research proposals will be reviewed, scored, and discussed at length.

Mentee/mentor pairs will have the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to support research or career development activities (e.g., preliminary data collection, attending additional conferences, etc).


  • Must have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as an independent researcher in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color;

  • Must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in behavioral or social science (e.g., psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology, social work, etc.) or an MD;

  • Must be employed in a position that permits submission of independent research grants;

  • Must be affiliated with an institution that supports research grant applications;

  • Must NOT have previously received an RO1 grant from NIH;

  • Must commit to participate in the ENTIRE two-year program; and,

  • Must commit to developing and submitting a competitive grant application to NIH by the end of the program.

A major purpose of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented scholars and researchers (i.e., African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s, and Asians/Pacific Islanders) who pursue a career in the area of HIV/AIDS and minority communities.


Applicants must submit:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae

  • A two-page statement (single-space, Arial 11 point, one-inch margins) that describes career objectives and provides a self-assessment (e.g., strengths and weaknesses) of the applicant’s current capacity to function as an independent researcher in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color;

  • A two-page statement (single-space, Arial 11 point, one-inch margins) that describes an HIV/AIDS-related research question of interest to the applicant. This statement should include:
    1. A statement of the problem(s);
    2. The specific aims and/or research question(s) to be addressed; and,
    3. A proposed research design describing subject population, analysis, and other critical elements.

Applications must be received no later than close of business on June 2, 2008.

Applications should be submitted to Tina Wolridge, Office on AIDS, at the APA Address. If you have any questions, you can contact the office at (+1/202) 336-6042 or via E-mail.

Selections decisions will be made by August 1, 2008.

Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1, 2009.

The Committee’s mission is to promote the:

  • psychological well-being of people with disabilities;

  • inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists;

  • development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and

  • awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

Current CDIP activities include developing best practices in research, training, and service delivery concerning persons with disabilities; increasing the visibility of disability within APA; and addressing barriers to training encountered by students with disabilities.

CDIP seeks psychologists with disability-related academic, clinical, or research experience. The Committee strongly encourages applications from those who have a disability (visible, invisible, or due to a chronic health condition or injury) and/or those with personal experience with disability. The Committee also welcomes psychologists who are members of under-represented groups. Nominations are open to APA members who are retired or employed less than full time.

CDIP members are required to participate in annual committee meetings held in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. Members are also expected to work on projects between meetings and encouraged to attend APA's Annual Convention to which attendance is not subsidized.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a statement of interest and qualifications. Please send materials, by the August 29, 2008 deadline, to Anju Khubchandani, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, at the APA Address or via E-mail.

CEMRRAT2 – “A Portrait of Success and Challenge” – Available Online

The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) is pleased to announce the availability on the web of the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention & Training Task Force (CEMRRAT2) 8-year progress report, titled “A Portrait of Success & Challenge.” This Report provides a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of the APA/CEMRRAT Plan for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology during the period of 1997 through 2005, including descriptions of exemplary activities in support of the Plan, and related strategic goals for 2008 - 2012.

This report is available at:

A limited number of hard copies of the report are available. To request one, contact OEMA via E-mail.