From the Public Interest Directorate

The Public Interest Directorate’s Office on Socioeconomic Status is pleased to announce its entry into a five-year $1.75 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (CDC/DCPC).

APA Announces New Funding and Goals for the SES Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) Program

The Public Interest Directorate’s Office on Socioeconomic Status is pleased to announce its entry into a five-year $1.75 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (CDC/DCPC). The award will fund APA’s Socioeconomic Status (SES) Related Cancer Disparities Program (SESRCD). SESRCD aims to establish and maintain a network of behavioral and social scientist volunteers (BSSV) to strengthen the capacity of community cancer serving organizations across the U.S. to initiate or improve cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship activities that meet the needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and populations.

Funding was awarded under CDC Program Announcement DP08-815 that aims to increase early detection, prevention, and survivorship of cancer for underserved populations. SESRCD positions that irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation; low SES communities/populations are disproportionately affected by cancer and have lower survival rates than their more socioeconomically affluent counterparts. In order to eliminate cancer health disparities, it is important to focus on such underserved populations that suffer a heavier burden of cancer.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating as a SESRCD BSSV, please contact Helena Dagadu, Program Manager for the SESRCD Program, at 202-218-3995 or e-mail.

The Office on Socioeconomic Status is the newest office at APA. It works primarily to facilitate and promote psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor. As such, the Office works to develop and support relationships and activities to advance psychology as a major force in research, policy and advocacy related to SES. Major functions of the office include providing support to APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status; promoting the scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and SES in health, education, and human welfare; supporting effective advocacy for public policy addressing disparities based on SES and related issues; and collecting, synthesizing, and disseminating specific research, professional, organizational, and public policy information concerning SES and its impact on public interest constituencies;

The SESRCD Program and the Office on Socioeconomic Status are housed within APA’s Public Interest Directorate, which supports and promotes efforts to apply the science and profession of psychology to the advancement of health, education and human welfare. Other offices within the Public Interest Directorate work on issues related to HIV/AIDS; aging; disability; children, youth, and families; ethnic minorities; violence; women; and workplace health.


2010 Pubic Interest Awards: Call for Nominations

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) invites nominations for the 2010 APA Public Interest Awards:

The APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career)

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career)

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

The Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Senior Career Award recognizes an individual that earned his or her doctorate degree more than 15 years prior to the date of the nomination and whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions have met one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world’s intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare.

The Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Early Career Award recognizes an individual that earned his or her doctorate degree 15 or fewer years prior to the date of the nomination and whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions have met one or more of the following criteria: (a) courageous and distinctive contribution(s) in the science or practice of psychology that significantly supports efforts toward a solution to one of the world’s intransigent social problems; (b) distinctive and innovative contribution(s) that makes the science and/or practice of psychology more accessible to a broad and diverse population; and (c) an integration of the science and practice of psychology that serves the public interest and advances social justice and human welfare.

The APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy will honor 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 dedicated to informing public policy through psychological understanding. Examples of relevant achievements would include 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 of human behavior informs public policy.

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Each award recipient will receive $1,000 honorarium, an opportunity to present an invited address at the 2010 APA Convention in San Diego, CA, and an invitation to submit a paper to the American Psychologist on the topic of the address. Honorees will also be granted a waiver of 2010 convention registration fees and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2010 convention.

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The BAPPI Committee on Public Interest Awards will evaluate each nomination based on the extent to which the nominee has exhibited knowledge and/or experience with the criteria identified in the above description of each award.

Submitting Nominations:

Nomination letters for each of these awards must clearly explain in 500 words or less the basis for the nomination, including a description of how and why the candidate is uniquely qualified to receive the award. The letter must be accompanied by a copy of the nominee’s current vita, and letters of support from at least 3 people familiar with his or her work. Nominees may also submit 3-5 selected representative reprints, or alternative types of samples of work such as Internet based communications, or legal briefs. Nominations and supporting material should be sent to Donnie Graham at the APA Address. :

The deadline for receipt of this information is June 1, 2009.

Public Interest Award Winners To-Date

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest

1978 Kenneth B. Clark

1979 Marie Jahoda*, Otto Klineberg

1980 Isidor Chein*, Nicholas Hobbs

1981 Herbert C. Kelman

1982 Edward F. Zigler

1983 James S. Jackson*, Stuart W. Cook

1984 Patrick H. DeLeon*, Seymour B. Sarason

1985 Gary B. Melton*, Jerome D. Frank

1986 Stanley Sue*, John Janeway Conger

1987 Michael J. Saks*, Urie Bronfenbrenner

1988 Ellen Langer*, M. Brewster Smith

1989 Emory L. Cowen*, William Bevan, Leonard Saxe

1990 Baruch Fischhoff*, David Lykken

1991 Susan T. Fiske*, Evelyn Hooker

1992 Hortensia Amaro*, Florence Denmark

1993 Laura C. Leviton*, Patrick H. DeLeon

1994 Robert Q. Pollard*, Durand F. Jacobs

1995 David A. Riley*, Nancy Felipe Russo

1996 Gregory M. Herek*, Alan I. Leshner

1997 Maria P.P. Root*, James G. Kelly

1998/1999 Bonnie Strickland

2000 Jeannette Ickovics*, Lillian Comas-Diaz

2001 Edward Dunbar*, Martha Bernal

2002 Brian Smedley*, Phyllis Katz and Melba Vasquez**

2003 Claude Steele

2004 Susan Limber*, Dante Cicchetti

2005 Daniel Dodgen*, Margaret Beale Spencer

2006 Rose Clark*, McKay Vernon

2007 Gary Harper*, Larke Huang

2008 Rebecca Campbell*, Philip G. Zimbardo

*Indicates Early Career Award.

**The Senior Career Award was shared. This was not an award for collaboration.

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy

1988 Sandra Scarr

1989 Charles A. Kiesler

1990 John Monahan

1991 Shari Siedman Diamond

1992 Linda Teplin, Gail Wyatt

1993 Diana Slaughter-Defoe

1994 Thomas Grisso

1995 Marnie E. Rice

1996 Stanley Sue

1997 Ruby Takanishi

1998/1999 Leonard Bickman

2000 Mary Koss, Susan Cochran, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

2003 Louise Fitzgerald

2004 Thomas Coate

2005 Gail Goodman

2006 Mark Cunningham

2007 Vickie Mays

2008 Janet E. Helms


Work, Stress and Health 2009 – Global Concerns and Approaches

The 8th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health
San Juan , Puerto Rico
November 5-8, 2009

ANNOUNCING THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 16, 2009

Caribe Hilton Hotel
San Juan , Puerto Rico
November 5-8, 2009

Sponsored by:

American Psychological Association

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Society for Occupational Health Psychology

University of Puerto Rico

For complete information on submitting proposals (including online submission), please visit the official conference website. For additional information, please contact Wesley Baker at the APA Address, by phone at (+1/202) 336-6033 or via e-mail.


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, 2010. 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 Asian American/Pacific Islander female and male psychologists. 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 Sept. 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 200 9 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 APA members/student affiliates who filed their dissertations in 200 7 or 200 8, 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 200 9 annual convention, Aug ust 6 -9, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Non-APA member/student affiliate applicants will be required to be an APA member/student affiliate prior to commencement of the competition review process. Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 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.


Call for Nominations: CLGBTC 2009 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) of the American Psychological Association annually presents one or two Outstanding Achievement Awards to recognize psychologists for significant contributions to the mission of CLGBTC. This 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.

Nominees may have made significant contributions to CLGBTC's mission either through direct CLGBTC service or through independent work. The contributions may be of a scientific, professional, educational, leadership, or political nature.

All nominations should include (1) a letter of nomination including a brief description of the specific achievements and contributions of the nominee (500 word maximum), (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of three people who have been asked by the nominator to write reference letters. No current members of CLGBTC or staff of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Program at the time of the award are eligible for consideration. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 1, 2009.

Prior Recipients of the CLGBTC Outstanding Achievement Award

1986 - Evelyn Hooker, PhD, Stephen Morin, PhD, Anne Peplau, PhD, & George Weinberg, PhD
1987 - Kristin Hancock, PhD, & William Paul, PhD
1988 - Gerald Davison, PhD, & Alan Malyon, PhD
1989 - Laura Brown, PhD, & Douglas Kimmel, PhD
1990 - Martin Rogers, PhD
1991 - John Gonsiorek, PhD, & Barbara Sang, PhD
1992 - Gregory Herek, PhD, & Adrienne Smith, PhD
1993 - No Awards Given
1994 - Linda D. Garnets, PhD, & Eduardo S. Morales, PhD
1995 - Anthony R. D'Augelli, PhD, & Patricia Hawkins, PhD
1996 - Beverly Greene, PhD, & Harold Kooden, PhD
1997 - Charlotte J. Patterson, PhD
1998 - Connie S. Chan, PhD
1999 - Oliva Espin, PhD
2000 - Catherine Acuff, PhD, & Christine M. Browning, PhD
2001 - Robin A. Buhrke, PhD, & Terry S. Gock, PhD
2002 - Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD, Howard S. Kurtzman, PhD, & Esther D. Rothblum, PhD
2003 - James M. Croteau, PhD
2004 - Susan D. Cochran, PhD, MS
2005 - Armand E. Cerbone, PhD, ABBP, & Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD
2006 - Perry H. Halkitis, PhD
2007 - Arnold H. Grossman, PhD, & Gary William Harper, PhD
2008 - No Awards Given

Send nominations and supporting materials by mail to CLGBTC Awards, Public Interest Directorate, at the APA Address or via e-mail.