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The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) presented 13 Graduate Research Scholarships in 2007. The fellowships help graduate students of psychology with research costs and are administered by APA's Science Directorate.

The top winners are:

  • Danielle Knatz Bello, recipient of the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship. She is a fifth-year student in the University of Nevada's clinical psychology program. Her proposal,"Neurocognitive Deficits and Functional Outcome in Bipolar-I Disorder," focuses on the relationship between neurocognitive function and functional outcome in people with bipolar disorder. Her research has the potential to fill a gap in the literature by assessing symptoms, neurocognitive abilities, disease chronicity and functional outcomes.

  • David Portnoy is the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship winner. A fifth-year student in the University of Connecticut social psychology program, his proposal is on the cognitive processes people undergo when making decisions about the future. His research investigates how certain people are able to focus on their long-term goals while completing many small steps leading up to those goals. To accomplish this, he will conduct two lab studies and one field study. The lab studies will target cognitive factors, and the field study will explore the effectiveness of a diet program based on salience of long-term goals.

Eleven students won $1,000 research scholarships. They are:

  • Robin Aupperle, who has completed five years in the University of Kansas clinical psychology program. Her proposal is "A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled fMRI Study Examining the Effects of Acute D-Cycloserine Administration on Brain Activations and Cognitive Functioning in Spider Phobia."

  • Ethan Beckley, who has completed three years in the OregonHealth and Science University behavioral neuroscience program. His proposal is "The Effect of Progesterone Withdrawal on Depression and Anxiety in Premenstrual Syndrome and Post-partum Depression in a Mouse Model."

  • Leigh Botley, who has completed two years in the University of Toronto psychology and neuroscience program. Her research will examine the neural substrates on which the neurochemical acetylcholine affects attentional processes in rats, whose basal forebrains are highly similar to those found in the human brain.

  • Whitney Botsford, who has completed three years in the George Mason University industrial-organizational psychology program. Her proposal is "Identifying and Clarifying Mothers' Experiences upon Returning to Work."

  • Adam Brown, who has completed three years in the New School for Social Research clinical psychology program at the New School for Social Research, in New York City. His proposal is "Forgetting, Emotion, and Trauma: Socially Shared Retrieval-Induced Forgetting and Trauma."

  • Kristin Flega, who has completed one year in the University of Michigan cognitive psychology program. Her proposal is "Memory Distortions: Common and Dissociable Short-Term and Long-Term Mechanisms."

  • Donna Kreher, who has completed one year in the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, clinical psychology program. Her proposal is "An Integrative Model of Depression in Late Adolescence."

  • Carissa Low, who has completed five years in the University of California, Los Angeles, clinical health psychology program. Her proposal is "Emotional Approach Processes and Adjustment to Metastatic Breast Cancer."

  • Sita Patel, who has completed five years in the University of California, Berkeley, clinical science program. Her proposal is "Adolescents in Cultural Transition: Cognitive Appraisals and Coping with Acculturative stressors."

  • Heather Rogers, who has completed four years in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences medical psychology doctoral program. Her proposal is "Social Support, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure: The Role of Inflammatory Processes."

  • Jennifer Wright, who has completed five years in the University of Wyoming developmental psychology program. Her proposal is "Child and Adolescent Conceptions of the Personal, Social, and Moral Domains: Implications for Diversity, Tolerance, and Education."

-N. Singer and D. Schwartz

Psychology graduate departments in good standing with COGDOP may nominate candidates for these scholarships. Applications for this year’s awards are due June 15. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apf.