Division News

The annual race and walk at the 2009 Toronto Convention of APA will be held on Saturday morning, August 8, at Coronation Park at 7AM. This year’s race will be in remembrance of Art Aaronson.

Division Services Booth at Convention

Division Services will have a booth at the upcoming APA Annual Convention being held in Toronto, Canada, August 6-9. Divisions are invited to send membership brochures, applications, newsletters and journal information, as well as convention and hospitality suite programs. We are asking that you limit your supply to 100 copies of each piece. You may also send one copy of your journal as a sample display. If there are other pieces you would like to send, such as handouts for special projects or upcoming events, please feel free to do so.

The Division Services booth will also display information for those divisions that will sponsor a hospitality suite. Upon checking in and receiving your suite assignment, please stop by the booth or leave a message for Troy Booker at the Message Center with the suite number, hours of operation and location.

All materials must be received in the Division Services Office on or by Friday, July 17. When preparing your shipment, please remember to:

  • Put your name and division number on the OUTSIDE of each box.

  • List the box’s contents on the OUTSIDE of the box (e.g., newsletters, hospitality suite program). This will avoid having to open boxes before shipping to the Convention Center in Toronto, Canada.

  • Complete the attached inventory sheet and return it separately.

Contract divisions ship materials to Keith Cooke and Non-Contract divisions ship materials to Troy Booker at:

APA Division Services Office
2007 Convention Materials
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

The Division Services Booth will be located in APA Resource Center in the Convention Center.

If you have any questions about shipping or the booth operation, please contact Keith at (+1/202) 216-7602 or Troy at (+1/202) 336-6121.


Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement of the Next Generation of Psychologists

The APA Membership Board cordially invites you to “Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement of the Next Generation of Psychologists” a presentation for division presidents, executive directors, and membership chairs of Divisions and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations. The presentation will be held during the 2009 APA Annual Convention in Toronto on Saturday, August 8 th from 2:00PM to 3:50PM at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Reception Hall 104D.

This important event will give you the opportunity to connect with division presidents and membership chairs as well as State, Provincial and Territorial Association executive directors and membership chairs. It provides a forum for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, and developing partnerships that focus on the recruitment, retention, and engagement of your members. If you will be unable to attend, we request that you send a representative from your Division/SPTA who is familiar with your membership activities.

The Membership Board is committed to being a valued resource for Divisions and SPTAs and is interested in hearing from you about how we can help you develop and maintain a healthy membership. Please mark the date on your calendar and come and share your ideas and concerns with us in Toronto.

Please RSVP by June 1, 2009 by contacting Sonja Wiggins via e-mail or by telephone, toll-free at 800-374-2721(ext. 5590), directly at 202-336-5590 or fax at 202-216-7628.


International Affairs Develops Expert Database

The APA Office of International Affairs is developing a database of psychology experts and we would like you to join. The data crosses area of substantive expertise with areas of geographical experience. It will be used when we are asked for suggestions for experts in specific areas of the world, when we are asked for nominations of speakers or reviewers (for example speakers for UN programs), and when we have specific questions about psychology in specific parts of the world. Please visit the Roster of Members with Experience Outside the US page to sign up to the database.


Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan – February 2010

Divisions are invited and encouraged to join as a co-sponsor or collaborator for the 2010 Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Dallas, Texas, February 25-27, 2010. The goals of the summit, through plenary speakers, symposia, posters and workshops are, in a cost effective manner, to:

  • Identify gaps and issues facing the field of interpersonal violence

  • Integrate research, practice and policy to affect public awareness, training/ mentoring, and community action/capacity building

  • Offer speakers, workshops, and poster sessions focusing on Child Maltreatment, Children Exposed to Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Teen/Youth Violence, Elder Abuse, Diverse Populations, Community Violence, Substance Abuse

  • Move from dialogue to action

  • Emphasize networking and collaboration

  • Encourage multidisciplinary and multicultural strategies

  • Provide up to 19 hours CE credits

  • Produce a number of web-based products and publications

In collaboration with The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV), an overarching group of organizations, agencies, coalitions, and groups that embraces a national, multidisciplinary and multicultural commitment to violence prevention across the lifespan, lead APA divisions to date include:

9- Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

17- Division of Counseling Psychology

35- Society for the Psychology of Women

37- Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

39- Psychoanalysis

43- Society for Family Psychology

44- Society for the Psychological Study of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues

45- Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

48- Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict & Violence

50- Addictions

56- Trauma Psychology

APAGS

There are various levels of involvement.

Collaborator:

  • agree to help promote the summit through list serves, newsletters, etc.

  • appoint a representative to the planning committee

  • send a delegate from your division to the summit (cover travel/lodging expenses; registration waived)

  • consider holding your mid-year EC meeting the week-end following the summit (Feb. 27-29, 2010)

Co-sponsor:

  • make a financial contribution to the conference

  • agree to help promote the summit through list serves, newsletters, etc.

  • appoint a representative to the planning committee

  • send a delegate from your division to the summit (cover travel/lodging expenses; registration waived)

  • consider holding your mid-year EC meeting the week-end following the summit (Feb. 27-29, 2010)

For further information and to confirm your participation, please contact one of the co-chairs by email:

Jackie White, Division 35

Bob Geffner, Division 56

Alan Kazdin, APA Past-President


Call For Nominations for the Sarnat International Prize


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is now accepting nominations for the 18th annual Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. This award presents a medal and $20,000 to individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health. Support for the award is provided by an endowment established by Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat in 1991.

The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health recognizes contributions that demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Improvements in the understanding of, or treatment for, mental disorders

  • Innovations in mental health services

  • Public policy changes that foster science and/or improve mental health services

There are no constraints on the education, profession, or specific discipline of individuals or organizations. The award may honor work in psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, public health, neuroscience, advocacy, or another relevant activity or field that serves to improve mental health research or services, and will be made without regard to nationality.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 19, 2009. To submit a nomination, please use the online nomination form. The Sarnat Prize will be presented at a luncheon during the IOM's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2009.

For more information on the prize, including nomination criteria and past recipients, please visit the website. If you have questions about the prize or the nomination process, contact us at Sarnat Prize or (202) 334-2177.

Submit a Nomination
Award Criteria

Past Recipients

Last year, the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health was presented to Paul R. McHugh for his seminal contributions to the field of psychiatry, including co-authorship of The Perspectives of Psychiatry and his wide-ranging efforts to identify and treat various mental disorders. Other recent recipients of the Sarnat Prize include: Beatrix and David Hamburg, Jack D. Barchas, Floyd E. Bloom, Albert J. Stunkard, and Aaron T. Beck. (See a complete list of past Sarnat Prize recipients)


APA Seeks Nominations for 2010 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 2010 Awards.

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2010 Annual Convention San Diego, CA, August 12–15; a waiver of 2010 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2010 convention.

The deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2009.

APA Practice Awards

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 Ayo Bello at the APA address. You may also reach her by phone at (+1/202) 336-5911 or e-mail. For additional information, please visit the APA Practice page.

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 Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding independent 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 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 Institutional Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in a wide variety of institutional practice settings (e.g. schools, military, state hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). 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 institutional service delivery systems or development of psychologically informed public policy.

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.

APA Science Awards

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, or www.apa.org/science/about/opportunities/index.aspx.

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 2010 American Psychologist .

Distinguished Scientific Contributions 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).

Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contributions to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For purposes of this award, psychology has been divided into 10 areas: cognition/human learning; psychopathology; health; developmental; animal learning and behavior, comparative; applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social; individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics); perception, motor performance; and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Five awards are given each year, with areas rotated in two-year cycles. The titles of the areas were chosen only for the convenience of approximate identification; nominators should view each area in its largest, most inclusive sense. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees who are female and from underrepresented groups. Winners of this award will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in 2010 at the convention, but are not expected to present an award address.

Nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 2000 are being sought for 2010 awards in the following areas: cognition/human learning; psychopathology; health; developmental; and animal learning and behavior, comparative. Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without the following: a statement on the worthiness of the nominee (maximum of two pages in length), a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.

APA Education and Training Awards

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 at (+1/202) 336-5970.

Award for Distinguished Contributions 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 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.

APA Public Interest Awards

The Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) invites nominations for the 2010 APA Public Interest Awards. 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. 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: Ms. G. Tina Wolridge at the APA address.

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

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

APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy honors 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.

APA International Awards

Nominations and supporting materials for the following international awards should be sent to the Office of International Affairs at the APA address. Questions about the awards should be directed to Sally Leverty at (+1/202) 336-6025 or via e-mail. For more information, please also see the Office of International Affairs Web site.

Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) is seeking nominations for the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. This award recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to the international cooperation and advancement of knowledge in psychology. Nominees for this award can be from any country but do have to be psychologists and must be a member or affiliate member of the Association. Nominations should include a supporting type-written statement of up to 500 words that traces the nominee’s cumulative record of enduring contributions to the international advancement of psychology; a current vitae, a list of relevant publications and letters of support from three to five people familiar with the nominee’s work.

International Humanitarian Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian service and activism by a psychologist or a team of psychologists, including professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field with underserved populations. “Extraordinary humanitarian services” is defined as professional activities initiated by psychologists, working alone or in association with others, to help alleviate severe stress and restore psychological well-being to a group of people in a variety of difficult circumstances, including but not limited to survivors and/or victims’ families following a significant event such as a natural or person-induced disaster, a national or international incident, a civil war or a forced migration; or to a community of any size in which long-term political, economic, social and/or other circumstances have caused severe stress and psychological problems for a substantial portion of that community.

Nominees can be from any country and need not be APA members. Recipients are individual psychologists or teams of psychologists working under the aegis of local, national, and international organizations that provide psychosocial and humanitarian services. Nominations should provide ample and clear documentation to substantiate extraordinary service that has improved the lives and contributed to the well being of people in either large or small geographic areas anywhere in the world. Documentation should include, but is not limited to, descriptions of the difficult conditions constituting severe threats to the security, stability, welfare or development of communities; specific actions, including personal risk, taken to improve conditions; demonstrated skills, knowledge, dedication and persistence brought to bear on work within specific communities; and the social and political activism displayed in rebuilding or transforming communities and/or fostering the empowerment of community members to act on their own behalf.

Applications will be screened by APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology, which will make recommendations to APA’s Board of Directors for its designation of the awardee. Applications must include a letter of application; a 500-word narrative description of extraordinary humanitarian services and activism within specified time frames; a curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and other supporting documents deemed essential to a full presentation of the applicant’s work.