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Call for Nominations: CLGBTC 2010 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, 2010.

Prior Recipients of the CLGBTC Outstanding Achievement Award

1986 Evelyn Hooker, PhD, Stephen Morin, PhD, 2000 Catherine Acuff, PhD, &
Anne Peplau, PhD, & George Weinberg, PhD Christine M. Browning, PhD
1987 Kristin Hancock, PhD, & William Paul, PhD 2001 Robin A. Buhrke, PhD, &
1988 Gerald Davison, PhD, & Alan Malyon, PhD Terry S. Gock, PhD
1989 Laura Brown, PhD, & Douglas Kimmel, PhD 2002 Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD,
1990 Martin Rogers, PhD Howard S. Kurtzman, PhD, &
1991 John Gonsiorek, PhD, & Barbara Sang, PhD Esther D. Rothblum, PhD
1992 Gregory Herek, PhD, & Adrienne Smith, PhD 2003 James M. Croteau, PhD
1993 No Awards Given 2004 Susan D. Cochran, PhD, MS
1994 Linda D. Garnets, PhD, & 2005 Armand E. Cerbone, PhD, ABBP, &
Eduardo S. Morales, PhD Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD
1995 Anthony R. D'Augelli, PhD, & 2006 Perry H. Halkitis, PhD
Patricia Hawkins, PhD 2007 Arnold H. Grossman, PhD, &
1996 Beverly Greene, PhD, & Harold Kooden, PhD Gary William Harper, PhD
1997 Charlotte J. Patterson, PhD 2008 No Award Given
1998 Connie S. Chan, PhD 2009 Sari H. Dworkin, PhD
1999 Oliva Espin, PhD Margaret S. Schneider, PhD


Send nominations and supporting materials by mail to CLGBTC Awards, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, or e-mail.

Annette Urso Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

The APF Annette Urso Rickel Foundation Dissertation Award for Public Policy supports dissertation research on public policy, which has the potential to improve services for children and families facing psychosocial issues.Examples of eligible topics include but are not limited to issues with at-risk populations, prevention of child abuse, services for youth in the criminal justice system, effectiveness of school programs for children with psychological issues, using psychology in public policy to improve math and science education, and promoting healthy parenting.


The scholarship amount is $1,000.

Goals of the Program:

  • Encourage talented psychology students to focus on public policy issues

  • Encourage work that has the potential to improve children and family services

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students in psychology enrolled full time and in good standing in a graduate program in psychology at a regionally-accredited university or college located in the United States or Canada. Applicants must also have:

  • Approval of dissertation proposal by the dissertation committee prior to application;

  • No record of having received either an APA or APF dissertation award

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Submit a Dissertation summary, including a brief description of the research design and budget (three-page limit, font size no smaller than 11); letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor and current CV online at by November 1, 2009.  For more information, visit here.

Questions about this program should be directed to Kim Rowsome, Program Officer, by e-mail.

Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions Grants (ProDIGs)

The ProDIGs Initiative seeks to increase the capacity of faculty at ethnic minority serving postsecondary institutions to engage in health disparities research. It also encourages student involvement in health disparities research training at early levels of the educational pipeline. Five to seven awards are given each year to early career faculty for highly focused research or program/curriculum development activities that are preliminary to the preparation of a federal or foundation funding proposal. Awards include a small grant, in the approximate amount of $5000 to $6500, and attendance at a professional development, mentorship, and networking workshop. All applicants should submit a detailed concept paper describing the proposed project. For more information, visit here.

8th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health

The 8th international conference on occupational stress and health, sponsored by APA, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Society for Occupational Health Psychology, and University of Puerto Rico, was held November 5-8, in San Juan, Puerto Rico – “Work, Stress, and Health 2009: Global Concerns and Approaches.” Preregistrants totaled 665, with more onsite registrants expected.

In the November Issue of the In the Public Interest…

The November issue of In the Public Interest highlights Public Interest Government Relations Office successes in ongoing efforts to reform the nation’s health care system, final passage of an expansion of federal hate crimes laws, and other critical initiatives.

DCD Awards Funding to BSSV

The CDC awarded new funding to expand and extend the Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program for another 4-1/2 years.  Approved funding for the first 6 months totals $288,000, with $3,361,815 proposed for the entire period of performance.

SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services Awarded Funds

SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services awarded $862,455 in new funding to expand and extend the HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program in the form of a sole source contract for the 5-year period of performance.

Minority Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications

The Minority Fellowship Program is now accepting predoctoral and postdoctoral applications for its Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services program, sponsored by SAMHSA.  The deadline for applications is January 15, 2010.  Currently, the program provides financial support and training for approximately 30 Fellows.

2nd Annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

Women’s Programs and CWP hosted the 2 nd annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology August 4, for 13 midcareer women psychologists in academic and academic medical settings, and also offered a 2-hour symposium on leadership for clinical and consulting psychologists. 

“The Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth”

The Children, Youth, and Families Office released “The Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth,” summarizing the impact of poverty, homelessness, and hunger on children and youth. This publication is part of a continuing effort to translate psychological information and to make it available to consumers and the general public.