Money Matters

Koppitz program details

The APF Koppitz fellowships are funded by a more than $4 million bequest from Werner J. Koppitz, PhD, in memory of his late wife, child psychologist Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz, PhD. The foundation also awards grants for travel to professional meetings (see Koppitz travel award winners).

Applicants must be graduate students who have progressed through qualifying exams, typically after the third or fourth year of doctoral study. Only one nominee per institution will be accepted each year.

Applicants should coordinate their application through their department and through their institution's dean of graduate studies.

The deadline for the 2005 Koppitz fellowships is November 15.

More information on theKoppitz Fellowship Program is available from APF.

Koppitz travel award winners

In addition to the three $20,000 research fellowships (see Head of the class, this issue), the Koppitz Fund awarded four $4,000 stipends to runner-up fellowship applicants to be used for travel to the 2005 Koppitz workshop, which will be held prior to APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., August 18-21, and to other professional meetings in child psychology.

The travel awardees are:

Anil Chacko, a fifth-year graduate student in clinical psychology at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York. Through her research on a parent-training program called the Strategies to Enhance Positive Parenting, Chacko is addressing treatment barriers for single mothers of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disruptive behavior disorders.

Jennifer DiCorica, a third-year graduate student in developmental psychology at Tufts University. She is investigating infants' ability to use memories of people's emotional messages to guide future behaviors. More specifically, she'll look at whether various encoding and retrieval cues help 1-year-olds build stronger memories.

Rebecca Ford, a third-year graduate student in clinical child psychology at DePaul University. Ford will examine the relationship between acculturation and psychological symptom prevalence and expression in Latino youth. She is especially interested in how various levels of acculturation affect the mental health of children.

Angela Griffin, a fourth-year graduate student in developmental psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She will conduct a neuropsychological test of the "averageness" theory to determine if and why attractive faces are preferred-for example, because people perceive familiarity.