In 2012, APF invested close to half of its total grantmaking in the graduate students who will become the next generation of psychologists. Their quest to improve society through psychology is inspiring.
Hannah Weisman, the recipient of APF’s Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, is working to prevent stigma associated with mental illness by introducing mental health awareness in a middle-school-based intervention program, “Mental Health Matters”.
“I can’t thank you enough for awarding me a scholarship to fund my research… Thank you so much for your support!” — Hannah Weisman
Christine Paprocki, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of North Carolina, received the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant to fund her dissertation on understanding maladaptive communication patterns in couples.
Keeping kids safe
Elizabeth O’Neal, of the University of Iowa, received the Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant to support her doctoral research project on unintentional childhood injuries in low-income families.
Understanding psychological aspects of Parkinson’s disease
Jenna Dietz, of the University of Florida, is examining emotional changes associated with Parkinson’s disease with her Benton-Meier Scholarship.
Helping children reach their potential
Carlton Fong, a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, received a $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship to improve achievement and resilience in adolescents in order to help underachieving gifted and talented youth perform to the best of their ability and realize their full potential.
Unlocking the secrets of the aging brain
Tamar Gefen, a neuropsychology student at Northwestern University, also received a Benton-Meier Scholarship and is studying cognitive changes in aging to develop therapies for age-related degenerative illness.
“I am so grateful for your generosity that will help fund my education in clinical neuropsychology and the exciting and potentially fruitful research.” — Tamar Gefen
Koppitz Fellowship Program
- Kelly Lynn Mulvey, of the University of Maryland, is examining how children respond to gender stereotypes within their peer groups.
- Nadia Samad, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is studying the influence of interparental conflict and parenting on children’s social skills.
- Ha Yeon Kim, of New York University, is writing her dissertation on improving immigrant children’s academic engagement in classrooms and identified supportive classroom contexts for positive development.
- Matt Johnson, of Princeton University, is conducting groundbreaking research on the language development and generalization in children with autism.
- Natalie Brito, of Georgetown University, is exploring the differences in cognitive performance between bilingual and monolingual infants.
- Taryn Allen, of Duke University, is developing a computerized cognitive training program for children with sickle cell disease.