The latest

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) presented 13 Graduate Research Scholarships in 2005.

The top winners are:

  • Jill Holm-Denoma, recipient of the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship. She is a fifth-year clinical psychology student at Florida State University. Though her primary research interest is the classification and assessment of eating disorders, she also studies genetic vulnerabilities of anorexia nervosa and how eating disorders affect racial and ethnic minorities.

  • Jennifer Mohawk, the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship winner. Mohawk is a sixth-year graduate student in the biopsychology program at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research focuses on interactions between the stress response and circadian rhythms. She aims to elucidate the role of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation in modulation of recovery rate following a shift of the light-dark cycle.

The 11 students who earned $1,000 research scholarships are:

  • Deann Atchley, a sixth-year neuroscience and psychology student at Florida State University. His research interests include the influence of serotonin on the development of activity-based anorexia, an animal model of anorexia and the influence of ovarian hormones on food intake and body weight regulation in female rats.

  • Debbie Talmi, a sixth-year cognitive psychology student at the University of Toronto. Talmi studies memory mechanisms and the effect of emotion on memory through behavior, lesion and neuroimaging experiments.

  • Eric D. Jackson, an eighth-year clinical science and cognitive neuroscience student at the University of Arizona. He established a psychophysiology and psychoneuroendocrinology lab at the university to investigate his research interests on the development of emotional memories and conditioned fear, particularly in humans experiencing stress.

  • Julia Dmitrieva, an eighth-year student in the psychology and social behavior program at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on adolescent internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors in the context of immediate social and cultural influences.

  • Nina Kaiser, a sixth-year clinical psychology student at Purdue University. Her research focuses on relations among children's self-perceptions, children's perceptions of their peers, childhood externalizing behavior problems and, in particular, the way in which self-perceptions and self-perceptual accuracy may moderate children's responses to psychological treatment.

  • Karen M. Rodrigue, a sixth-year student at Wayne State University who focuses on cognitive and social psychology across the lifespan. Her dissertation research uses magnetic resonance imaging to examine the role of vascular health and microvascular function in age-related decline in brain structure and cognitive performance.

  • Kristen M. Kennedy, a fifth-year cognitive and social psychology graduate student at Wayne State University who studies the cognitive neuroscience of aging. Her dissertation research examines the relation of the connective white matter fibers in the brain to age differences in memory and executive functions.

  • Emily Kuhl, a fourth-year clinical and health psychology student at the University of Florida specializing in behavioral medicine with an emphasis on working with cardiac patients. Her dissertation focuses on the effect of a Web-based psychoeducation program for recipients of implantable cardiac defibrillators.

  • Ryan Bogdan, a fourth-year clinical psychology student at Harvard University. His research examines how genetics and stress influence neural and behavioral reward processing.

  • Sara Chiara Haden, a fifth-year clinical psychology student at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on risk and protective factors involved in the development of aggressive behavior in children.

  • Simine Vazire, a sixth-year graduate student in personality and social psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research aims to identify the cognitive processes underlying self- and other-judgment, and examine the motivational and informational sources of differences between self- and other-perception.

APF invites all graduate departments of psychology in good standing with COGDOP to nominate 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 APF's homepage.

-E. Merck, I. Ramos and E. Packard