2011 Interdivisional Grant Program winners announced

Three projects receive funding from the Committee on Division/APA Relations for projects that support the work, interests, or goals of two or more divisions

The Committee on Division/APA Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Interdivisional Grants. These grants are designed to support joint activities that enhance the work, interests, or goals of two or more divisions.

The grants were previously cut from the 2008-2010 APA budgets. However, the APA Council of Representatives re-instated the grants for 2011 and increased the amount of the grants to $25,000.

"We are grateful to be able to offer these awards to support interdivisional collaboration," said Dr. Margaret Bull Kovera, chairwoman of CODAPAR. "By soliciting expertise from across divisions, we are able to support innovative initiatives proposed by our division members that further the missions of APA and multiple divisions."

Because of the delayed re-instatement of funds, a short turnaround time was given to submit proposals for 2011 grants. Five proposals were submitted for consideration, and three received full funding (see abstracts below).

"We had planned to cap the maximum grant at $5,000 when we started the process, but because of the nature of the grants submitted and their potential magnitude and outreach to several divisions, we made some awards that exceeded the cap," Kovera said. "We felt that in putting our support behind these three timely and important projects, we were able to continue being good stewards of APA's money, while supporting the needs of our divisions.

CODAPAR has announced the 2012 Call for Proposals for the Interdivisional Grants, which will be due by December 2, 2011. For more information, visit the IGP proposal page.

Abstracts

"Increasing Diversity in Psychological Science Through Mentoring"
Divisions 3, 6, 28

To increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in psychological science, and to instill a shared culture of service to the discipline and APA, Divisions 3 (Experimental Psychology), 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), and 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse), together with APA’s Committee on Animal Research and Ethics, will mount a multi-event mentoring program for advanced graduate and postdoctoral students at the 2012 Annual Convention. Targeting underrepresented minorities, the program will consist of a series of mentoring activities (1) to enable young investigators to develop contacts with program directors and senior scientists (including those belonging to underrepresented minority groups themselves); (2) to improve awardees’ ability to navigate a variety of professional settings; (3) to provide feedback on mentees’ specific research goals and career plans; (4) to instill a shared culture of participation in, and service to, the discipline and APA; and, (5) to address some of the problems faced by individuals from underrepresented minority groups – and what each one of us can do to redress the problem of ethnic minority underrepresentation. Activities will include: a diversity training workshop; a Poster Session and Social Hour; several informal sessions with volunteers from Divisions 3, 6 and 28; and, attendance at the Executive Committee meetings of participating divisions.

"Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Clients"
Divisions: 16, 17, 35, 39, 42, 44, 45, 51, 53, 54

Division 44, with the assistance and cooperation of the APA Committee for LGBT Concerns (CLGBTC), has taken a leadership role in the effort to convene a task force that will be charged with the development of practice guidelines for working with transgender clients. In the past month, seven APA members were selected to serve on the Task Force. Throughout the project, members of the Task Force will research, write, and revise guidelines for psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Special attention will be given to the implications for science and practice. Additionally, the guidelines will address the intersections of other elements of diversity.
 
Suggested content areas for the guidelines include the following: 1) a list of the major treatment concerns in psychotherapy with transgender and gender nonconforming clients and their families; 2) concise review of the pertinent literature (much of it empirical research) for each guideline; 3) specific suggestions for applying each practice guideline; 4) a resource for clinical training sites and supervision; and 5) a source of information for consultants regarding institutionalized stigma and its effects upon transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, their relationships, and their families.

"Increasing the Visibility of LGBT Science through an Online Directory of Researchers"
Divisions 8, 9, 14, 17, 35, 44, 51

The goal of this project is to create an online searchable directory of scientists who conduct psychological research related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. This directory will function as a virtual “home” for such researchers and serve as a public resource for students, psychologists, policy analysts, and media representatives who wish to identify researchers with expertise in specific LGBT issues. This project brings together representatives from seven divisions that emphasize the importance of LGBT science: Division 44 (lead division for the project), Division 8, Division 9, Division 14, Division 17, Division 35, and Division 51. In doing so, this endeavor will connect researchers from divisions that have historically had little interaction but share the goal of advancing LGBT scholarship through research and research training. We believe the directory resulting from this project can play a role in (a) increasing the visibility of LGBT science, (b) increasing access to accurate sources of information about sexual orientation and gender identity, and (c) facilitating the formation of professional mentoring and collaborative relationships.