Last December, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) presented 13 Graduate Research Scholarships to support graduate student research.
The following are the top recipients:
* Michael Cohen received the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, given to the year's most outstanding applicant. Cohen is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on elucidating the roles of the orbitofrontal cortex in reward-seeking behavior and decision-making processes as well as investigating how activity in this region is influenced by individual differences in personality and genetics.
* Susan M. Kiene, a second-year social psychology and health psychology graduate student at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, received the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship for her research on HIV prevention and psychosocial predictors of HIV risk behavior.
* Derek Evan Nee, a first-year psychology graduate student at the University of Michigan, received $2,000 for his research focusing on executive processes and working memory through the use of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.
The following 10 students received $1,000 awards:
* Andrea B. Burns is a fourth-year clinical psychology graduate student at Florida State University whose research interests include the biological and interpersonal causes and correlates of depression and related disorders, and gender differences in psychopathology.
* Erik Chihhung Chang is a fourth-year Rice University graduate student whose research interests include human visual perception, visual attention and their interactions with saccadic eye movements.
* Hsin-Chin Chen is a fourth-year cognitive psychology graduate student at Texas A&M University whose research interests include reading processes across different orthographies.
* Kara Dyckman is a third-year cognitive/experimental psychology graduate student at the University of Georgia. Her research examines changes in behavior, and the corresponding changes in brain activity shown in brain imaging, following practice of a task.
* Jessica Lord Bean is a fifth-year clinical psychology graduate student at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests involve the neuropsychological and biological correlates of developmental disorders.
* Qian Lu is a fifth-year psychology graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests involve the health benefits of instructed writing, moderators and mediators of psychosocial interventions, and biopsychosocial mechanisms of health disparity.
* Leh Woon Mok is a third-year cognitive and biological psychology graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests include investigating how human choice behaviors are mediated by outcome-specific expectancies and by different working memory processes, and the neural correlates of the different underlying working memory systems.
* John V. Petrocelli is a social psychology graduate student at Indiana University. His research interests include investigating the role that counterfactual thinking plays in various reactions people have to general and specific events.
* Michael Pitts is a behavioral neuroscience graduate student at Colorado State University. His research interests include investigating chromatic perceptive fields and visual perception.
* Erin Costanzo is a fifth-year clinical and health psychology graduate student at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include investigating distress among breast cancer patients following treatment and how patients' behavior and common sense beliefs about cancer influence psychological adjustment.
APF invites all graduate departments of psychology in good standing with COGDOP to nominate one or more candidates each year for these scholarships, which may be used by students to pay for research costs, travel to a scientific meeting, or books and supplies. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apf.
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