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Bonnie C. Sachs and Utaka Springer, both of the University of Florida, have won the $2,500 2007 Benton-Meier Scholarships to support their work in neuropsychology.

Sachs earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and worked for two years as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health before entering the University of Florida's clinical and health psychology doctoral program. Her research interests include epilepsy, dementia, neurorehabilitation and functional neuroimaging.

Springer earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1999 and worked for three years as a software engineer before enrolling in the clinical and health psychology program at the University of Florida. Currently a doctoral candidate studying neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation and clinical neuroscience, he studies cognitive and emotional symptoms of neurodegenerative movement disorders. APF is accepting applications for the 2008 Benton-Meier Scholarships. For application information, visit www.apa.org/apf/hecaen.html. The deadline is June 1.


Gruber wins dissertation award

June Gruber is the 2007 recipient of the $2,000 Todd E. Husted Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual whose dissertation demonstrates the most potential to contribute to the development of improved outreach and delivery of mental health services for those with severe and persistent mental illness.

A graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Gruber is studying the link between emotion and psychopathology. Her dissertation research will assess emotional reactivity and regulation in individuals with bipolar disorder by examining their responses to happy, sad and neutral film clips, life moments and social interactions.


APF supports counseling psychology programs

APF and Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) support the science and practice of counseling psychology through grants for innovative programs and models. In 2007, APF provided $5,500 in support for:

  • The development and evaluation of the Multicultural Sensitive Mental Health Checklist, an intake checklist for ethnic-minority students to address psychological symptoms such as race-related stress. Ruth Chao, PhD, of Tennessee State University, is the project's primary investigator.

  • Future in Iowa, a project to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot career intervention program for 300 ninth-grade students who attend rural high schools. The program aims to boost students' confidence, expand their career interests and teach about the requirements associated with their career goals. Saba Rasheed Ali, PhD, is the principal investigator.

  • The Maryland Psychotherapy Research Center, a clinic run by the University of Maryland department of psychology. The grant will help the center provide low-cost therapy services to the community and give doctoral students the chance to see community clients under supervision. The center will also collect data for two major studies. Clara E. Hill, PhD, and Charles J. Gelso, PhD, are the primary investigators.

  • A partnership between the University of Minnesota's Vocational Assessment Clinic and the Neighborhood Involvement Program to investigate career-counseling processes for those who cannot afford to pay for services. Jo Ida Hansen, PhD, and Amy L. Conlon, PhD, are the primary investigators.


Bennett makes $10K APF gift

Bruce Bennett, PhD, recently contributed $10,000 to support the APF visionary funds, the unrestricted contributions that allow APF to respond to critical issues where psychology can make a difference: violence prevention and intervention, uncovering the connection between mental and physical health and aiding in the sustained rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of disaster.

These funds "ensure that APF can apply psychology's resources to improve the lives of so many people, and we are truly grateful to philanthropic psychologists like Dr. Bennett," says APF President Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD.

Bennett, the chief executive officer of the APA Insurance Trust and a former member of APA's Board of Directors, was instrumental in the passage of the 1992 "Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct" and served on the Task Force to Revise the APA Ethics Code in 2000. He is a past president of the Illinois Psychological Association and served for many years as its executive director.

"I am honored to join the ever-increasing number of psychologists who have found it personally rewarding to support the American Psychological Foundation," says Bennett. "Contributions from psychologists will help advance the practice and science of psychology for future generations by supporting much-needed research and assisting the younger generation of aspiring psychologists with grants and scholarships. I encourage my colleagues to join me and others in sustaining the worthy goals of APF."

-D. Jacobs, E. Merck, I. Ramos and D. Schwartz