From the Public Interest Directorate

The Committee on Aging (CONA) is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, for two new members.

Call for Nominations to the APA Committee on Aging

The Committee on Aging (CONA) is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, for two new members. CONA is the chief committee within the APA governance structure charged with addressing aging concerns. In its 10 th year of existence, CONA seeks full members of APA with specialization in aging issues to serve a three-year term beginning January 2010 and ending December 2012.

CONA, a six-member Committee, places priority on maintaining representation within the Committee’s membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society, including (a) individuals with experience in research, clinical training and practice, policy and advocacy, and education; (b) early- and mid-career psychologists and those who are retired or employed less than full time; and (c) diversity with respect to ethnicity, culture, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and geographic location.

The complete Call for Nominations, nomination and participation requirements, and an overview of CONA activities and members since its inception, can be viewed on the Committee on Aging page.

Nominations and supporting materials should be sent by September 1, 2009 to: Deborah DiGilio, Director of the Office on Aging, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 or by e-mail.


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

The Committee on Aging (CONA) invites 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. Candidates will have made contributions 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.

All nominations must include a current curriculum vitae of the candidate and three letters of reference. The award will be presented at the APA Convention. The complete Call for Nominations, nomination requirements, and the mission statement of CONA can be viewed the Committee on Aging page.

Send nominations and supporting materials to Deborah DiGilio, director of the Office on Aging, at the APA address or by e-mail. The nomination deadline is June 15th.


Disability Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors

The APA Office on Disability Issues in Psychology is enthused to present its online Disability Mentoring Program. We are seeking APA member psychologists to mentor psychology students and early career psychologists with disabilities.  Mentors will be matched with mentees who share similar disability, area of assistance, and major field in psychology. To sign up, go to the Disability Mentoring Program page. For more information or assistance please contact:

Sara Laney
APA Office on Disability Issues
(202) 336-6031
E-mail
Website


Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

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

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 resource guides and other informational materials, increasing the visibility of disability within APA, and addressing barriers to psychology training and practice encountered by individuals 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 actively recruits ethnic minority psychologists and those who are members of other underrepresented groups. Nominations are open to APA members only, including those who are retired or employed less than full time.

Selected candidates will be required to attend up to two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by the APA, and are encouraged to attend CDIP-related activities held during the APA Convention at their own expense. Members are also expected to participate in email discussions and conference calls, andwork on Committee priorities between meetings.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CDIP and highlighting specific competencies, interests, and potential contributions to the work of CDIP.

Nomination materials and supporting materials should be sent by August 14, 2009 to: Anju Khubchandani, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 or by e-mail.


Call for Nominations: 2009 Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology

The Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) of the American Psychological Association (APA) presents its Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award.

This award seeks to recognize an APA member who has had a significant and enduring impact on advancing the role of psychological principles to enhance the lives of and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The contributions may be of a scientific, professional, educational, mentoring, leadership, or political nature.

All nominations should include:

  • a letter of nomination including a brief description of the specific achievements and contributions of the nominee (500 word maximum),

  • a current curriculum vitae, and

  • the names of three people who have been asked by the nominator to write reference letters.

Send nominations and supporting materials by mail to CDIP Awards, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, or e-mail. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 1, 2009.

The award will be presented by members of CDIP at the APA Annual Convention in Toronto.


Cyber Mentor Program

The American Psychological Association (APA) Office on AIDS is currently seeking qualified mentors and mentees 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.  The deadline for application materials is June 1, 2009.

This one-year-old program called the Cyber Mentor Program, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), utilizes state-of-the-art, distance-learning technologies (e.g., webcasts, online classrooms, etc.) to assist mentees to achieve three major goals:

1) 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;

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

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

Mentor Application Information

Mentee Application Information


Public Interest Convention Programs

Prevention of incarceration, as well as treatment and parole * aging and health care reform * child maltreatment * children’s literacy and learning * practice issues related to individuals with disabilities * psychosocial issues related to the end of life * ethnic minority training * ethnic minority research * HIV/AIDS and personality disorders * homelessness * therapeutic responses to sexual orientation * research and training funding * violence and ethnic minority youth * women’s leadership training * and trafficking:  These are just a few of topics addressed by Public Interest related programming at APA’s 2009 convention.  Visit the Public Interest page for highlights and more information.


Seeking Comment to Proposed Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Individuals Who Have Disabilities

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities is seeking comment to proposed Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Individuals Who Have Disabilities. This 90-day period for receipt of comments will end on July 31, 2009.

The task force was established at the recommendation of the APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, and funded by the APA Council of Representatives in 2006 and 2007.

The goal of these guidelines is to provide psychologists with general principles and approaches to (1) working with people with disabilities, including accessibility, communication, and relationship skills; (2) assessment of persons with disabilities, including selection of appropriate measures and adaptation of measures; and (3) treatment and provision of clinical services, including frameworks for disability sensitive and disability affirmative therapy.

Comments will only be accepted via this online comment form. Members of the Guidelines Task Force will review all comments and make appropriate revisions to the document. Once in final form, the guidelines will be reviewed by APA governance and sent to the Council of Representatives for adoption as APA policy.

Please note:

  • The task force is particularly interested in receiving feedback that addresses the following:

    • Content of the document: comprehensiveness, completeness, research support, and missing issues; and

    • Clinical usefulness.

  • When making a specific comment, please refer to the page number and specific guideline and/or section in the document.

  • Submit your comments by July 31, 2009.

For more information, contact Anju Khubchandani in the Public Interest Directorate’s Office on Disability Issues in Psychology at the APA Address; (+1/202) 336-6038; or e-mail.


Committee on Socioeconomic Status 2009 Leadership Awards Call for Nominations

The Committee on Socioeconomic Status is calling for nominations for the 2009 CSES Leadership Awards. CSES Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of psychologists and friends of psychology who have made significant contributions to the understanding of socioeconomic status and the lives and wellbeing of the poor. Deadline for submitting nominations material is June 1, 2009. For more information, please see the Committee on Socioeconomic Status 2009 Leadership Awards or contact Toni DeSalvo by e-mail or by phone at (+1/202) 216-7601.