American Psychological Foundation


APF awards $10,000 for violence prevention

APF has presented two $5,000 visionary grants to Molloy College and the nonprofit organization Woman-to-Woman International. Visionary grants support innovative research and programs in several areas, including mind-body health, violence prevention, combating prejudice and supporting post-disaster rebuilding efforts.

The grant to Molloy College-an institution in Rockville Centre, N.Y., committed to Dominican ideals of truth, academic excellence, and openness to diverse worldviews-will support research on violent behavior and relational aggression in adolescents. The program looks at whether teens' participation in volunteer activities leads to more positive social behaviors and less victimizing and bullying.

The APF grant to Woman-to-Woman International will help the group communicate research on domestic violence to educators and the general public with the goal of making proven violence-prevention measures widely accessible and routinely used around the world by 2015. APF accepts applications for visionary grants four times per year. For more information, visit American Psychological Foundation.

APF launches precollege grant program

In 2007, APF gave out more than $40,000 to support programs that promote psychology as a science at the high school level.

The grant winners were:

Oklahoma State University, which received $4,306 for the Summer Science Academy of Oklahoma to develop activity modules to expose students to psychological science.

Winthrop University, which received $4,484 for its South Carolina Psychological Science Youth Connection. The project aims to help students and teachers better understand psychology's empirical roots through a targeted campaign of scholarships, presentations and posters.

The 2009 Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools Summer Teacher's Institute, which received $10,000 to provide high school psychology teachers with materials and tips to enliven their instruction.

Brooklyn College, City University of New York, which received $30,000 to establish two yearlong classes that allow high school psychology students to conduct applied research at local mental health facilities.

In 2008, APF will offer an additional $30,000 in precollege grants.

Applicants must be educational institutions or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or affiliated with such an organization.

The deadline is May 1. Submit a proposal and the project leader's curriculum vitae at APF Grants. For more information, visit American Psychological Foundation.


Recognize excellence in mental illness research and training

APF is accepting nominations for the $20,000 Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize, which recognizes exceptional individuals who work in the area of serious mental illness.

Nominees must hold doctoral degrees; present a record of significant research in the area of serious mental illness; show evidence of significant involvement in the training and development of young investigators; and be affiliated with an accredited college, university or research/treatment institution.

The deadline is April 15. For application information, visit Gralnick Research Prize.

Apply for APA convention travel grant

APF is accepting applications for the 2008 Paul Henkin Student Travel Grant. The grant covers registration, lodging and travel costs of up to $1,000 for graduate student members of Div. 16 (School) to attend APA's Annual Convention in Boston. APA employees and students who have received convention reimbursements from other APA sources are ineligible for this award.

The deadline is April 15. For application information, visit Student Travel Grant.

Nominations sought for clinical health psychology prize

Clinical health psychologists are encouraged to apply for the 2008 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award, a $3,000 prize for an outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology.

This year, APF increased the award amount from $1,000 to $3,000 through an additional gift from Louise Jeffrey, who established the award in 1999 to honor her late husband, clinical health psychologist Timothy Jeffrey, PhD.

The award honors a full-time provider of direct clinical services.

Nominees must spend a minimum of 15 to 20 hours a week in face-to-face patient care-in assessment or therapy-in individual or group settings. Applicants who have devoted time to professional activities such as consultation, teaching, supervision or research are also welcome. Applicants must be fully licensed clinical health psychologists and members of APA and Div. 38 (Health).

The deadline is May 1. For nomination details, visit Division 38.

Scholarship available for research on the stigma of mental illness

APF is seeking proposals for its $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, given to graduate-level researchers who seek to better understand and reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled full time and in good standing at an accredited university.

The deadline is May 15. Applicants are required to submit a proposal, letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser, and curriculum vitae online at American Psychological Foundation. For more information, visit Franks Scholarship.

Donations sought for hate crime research grant

APF is teaming with psychologists from several of APA's divisions to raise money for a $20,000 violence prevention grant aimed at understanding and eliminating hate crimes.. APF initiated the effort in the aftermath of the hate crimes in Jena, La., and at Columbia University. The foundation hopes to shed light on the motivations behind such crimes. To make a contribution, visit American Psychological Foundation or send your gift to APF's attention at the APA address.

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Further Reading

For more information on applying for a violence prevention and intervention grant, visit APF Prevention. The deadline is June 1.

For more information, contact Idalia Ramos, program director, at (202) 336-5814 or e-mail.